A Mother is a House – Aurore Petit

A Mother is a House – Aurore Petit, GeckoPress, 9781776573233, 2021 

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? All I kept thinking about while I was reading this book is that it would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for a mother with young children. This story is basically all the many things a mother is to a young child and this includes providing food and shelter, offering calm in hectic situations, a playmate, a doctor, and a variety of other “hats” that mothers wear every day. All these little events are seen beginning with the birth of the child up until the time they take their first steps. This book is really a wonderful celebration of all things involved in being a mother to a young child–both the enjoyable and the more challenging aspects.

The illustrations are bright and colorful  and will appeal to young children. Even though this book does feature a mother having a child, I think adoptive parents will be able to see most of themselves in other aspects of this book (such as playing, feeding, protecting, etc.).

Anything you did not like about the book. My only comment is that this book featured a causiacianMo mom and dad family unit. I think about how many different families are out there and it would have been nice to see these families represented in this story.

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

Who should buy this book? Even though I enjoyed the book, I would not recommend this for library purchase. I think there are many books already out there about mothers, fathers, and their love for a child. The causiacian mother and father family unit seems dated now and I think libraries should strive for more variety to appeal to a wider patron audience.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books.

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

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

Date of review: February 27, 2021

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