- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (March 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399252169
- ISBN-13: 978-0399252167
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,592,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking Care of Mama Hardcover – March 18, 2010
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PreSchool-Grade 2—In rhyming text, an anthropomorphized raccoon family must cope when Mama is stuck in bed with a fever. Of course, even with every other family member working hard, it is challenging to manage everything that Mama usually does all by herself. The soft watercolor cartoon illustrations flesh out the simple story and provide great punch lines to the text. In the end, Mama is surprised by how well her family has managed during her illness, but the last comical spread shows that she is in for yet another surprise.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
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The raccoons from Stay Awake, Sally (2007) return in this story of how a family copes while Mom is in bed with a cold. Papa and the three youngsters approach their new duties with gusto, and they have fun making breakfast, playing with the baby, and collecting vegetables for a yummy stew. What starts off as play, though, develops into a giant mess, bringing new appreciation for Mama’s job, as well as immense relief when she takes over again. The watercolor scenes of the anthropomorphized raccoons capture cozy family chaos, while the smooth text makes this a good read-aloud choice Preschool-Grade 2. --Kara Dean
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By the time lunchtime rolled around the house started to look a bit messy, especially when Mabel was yanking her grilled cheese apart. "Tiptoe, tiptoe, / Mama's feeling better. / She wants to get up, / But we won't let her!" Taking care of the house was simply exhausting and soon Papa was to be found fast asleep with a couple of stacks of folded towels around him and a large basket of clothing yet to be folded. By the afternoon the house was a total mess. The trash was overflowing, the floor was all tracked up, the stove was a mess, someone had dropped a few dishes on the floor . . . were they ever going to be able to get the house cleaned up before Mama got up?
This is an utterly adorable story that every Mama will appreciate and will give her young ones a case of the giggles. The rhyming scheme in this tale was perfect and its sing song quality made it quite a humorous and enjoyable read little ones will love. The artwork brought out the care this raccoon family had for their Mama, but was a smile maker. I especially love the scene where Mama was trying to get some rest and the little ones were trying to "help" her recover. This warm, humorous, and lively tale is one that every Mama is going to want to read to her little ones!