Mama Loves You So – Terry Pierce, illustrated by Simone Shin

  Mama Loves You So (New Books For Newborns) –  Terry Pierce, illustrated by Simone Shin, Little Simon, (9781481481595), 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Beautiful lilting verse paired with soft evening toned illustrations tell the story of a mother’s love for their child.  The book begins with scenes from a forest with animal parents and children including eagles, deer, bears, foxes, rabbits, and possum:  “Higher than an eagle flies, pure as sparkling snow, stronger than a stony peak, Mama loves you so.”  The soothing lullaby of the text will ease little ones to sleep. The final pages show a mother dog and puppy as well as a human mother and child.  “Mama’s love is like the air.  Everywhere you go…it wraps around and hugs you close, ‘cause Mama loves you so.”  The final wordless doubt page spread shows that all the babies are fast asleep.  A perfect bedtime read aloud.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Parents will love reading this aloud to their babies.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/21/17             

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