From School Library Journal
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 RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved