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Mama Outside, Mama Inside Hardcover – April 4, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Warm, expressive paintings make this picture book a joyful experience. A human mother (Mama Inside) elaborates on the days that she spends awaiting the arrival of her baby, while a bluebird (Mama Outside) awaits her little ones. The author relates the similar experiences of the two expectant mothers–and fathers–as they prepare for the days ahead. When the babies arrive, there is time for song, food, rocking, and a good deal of growing. This heartwarming look at families is irresistible.–Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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PreS-K. Soft, glowing acrylic art and gentle, simple prose establish parallels between two mothers-to-be--a bird (Mama Outside) and a human (Mama Inside)--both of whom are preparing for new babies. With art that juxtaposes the characters on facing pages or incorporates them into spreads with external or internal window views, the story portrays similarities--as Mama Outside feathers her nest, Mama Inside furnishes the baby's room. There are also differences; the bird's babies "peck-peck-peck until their shells crick-crick-cr-a-ack!" while that same morning, Mama Inside's baby "slips into the world." At book's end, the mamas share a moment of eye contact, then mama bird and babies take to the sky, and the human mother rocks her child to sleep. The parallels and the illustrations warmly convey motherly love and care (with some daddy participation) in both the human and the animal world. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805077162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805077162
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David E. Goldweber on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Hard to imagine how this one could be any better. Depicting the joys of motherhood (although dads are not forgotten) with narratives depicting parallels between the human and animal worlds. Beautiful art, with soft colors and several nice details beyond the narratives that you will enjoy discovering as you read. Rhythmic prose with a mood of happiness and gratitude. My son is 5-1/2 (as I write this) and has been enjoying it for years.
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I checked this book out from our library and I absolutely love it. The story shows mothers in parallel - a mama bird and a human mama preparing for the birth of their babies, and then caring for them. The book also includes fathers and some ways they help the mamas. The artwork is beautiful, serene, pleasant to look at but never dull. Perhaps from hormones, I started crying when I read this to my son the first time (he was about 14 months old and I was about 5 months pregnant at the time).

My son loved reading this book and would have me read it several times in a row, several times a day. He pointed at the pictures and especially loved when I'd cheep for the newborn birds and "waaah" for the newborn baby. This is an excellent any-time-of-day book, but I think it's great for introducing your child to new babies, especially if you're expecting again, because of how complete the narrative is.

You will not regret buying this book.
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I bought this book for my 2 year old son now that I'm expecting #2. He really enjoys it and we have read it several times. The story is really nice about how the two mamas prepare for and then care for their new babies. It is also nice that the bird daddy and the human daddy are included in the caring. I really appreciate that the mom in this book breastfeeds her baby since that is how I'll be feeding mine as well. I would also note that out of the 6 books I bought on the topic of pregnancy/new baby for my son this is the ONLY one I liked. Five stars!
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Found this by chance in the library while visiting family. My two-year-old son loved it, and so did I! A really beautiful and warmly written book. I can't imagine anyone not liking it.
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I have had this book since I was pregnant with my 1st child nearly 5 yrs ago. I started reading it then and still read it now that I have 2 children. It is a very comforting book for bedtime.
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