Me & Mama – Cozbi A. Cabrera

 Me & Mama – Cozbi A. Cabrera, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 9781534454217, 2020 

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Books

 What did you like about the book? This book is an adorable tribute to the special relationship between a mother and her young daughter. The story is told through the perspective of the little girl and how she sees her life in relationship to her mother. For example, her mother as a delicate floral coffee cup while she has a plastic sippy cup, her mother’s toothbrush is big and holds a lot of toothpaste while hers is small and only has a dab of toothpaste, and her mother likes blueberries with her cereal while she likes bananas. It is cute to see how this young girl notices all these similarities and differences between herself and her mother. They spend a wonderful day together, enjoying rain puddles, bedtime stories, and cuddling under the blankets. This is just a beautiful story and I think it will prompt children to look at their own families and observe some of the similarities and differences between their parents and even their siblings. It is a cute celebration of family.

I absolutely loved the illustrations in this story in how they really conveyed their similarities and differences with everyday items and routines. I especially enjoyed the illustrations in the inside cover that showed 16 different items including shoes, books, pajamas, scarves, ice cream, and chairs, just to name a few. The illustrations showed the mother’s item next to the daughter’s item (I loved how the ice cream picture had the mother’s perfectly on the cone, but the daughter’s had fallen off–very typical of young children).

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of three and seven years old.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of three and seven years old.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, beautiful addition to a library collection.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: December 3, 2020

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