My Mother Is Mine
My Mother Is Mine
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Annotation: As a child makes a Mother's Day card, various animal mothers are shown taking care of their young.
Catalog Number: #4042529
Format: Board Book
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Board Book Board Book
Copyright Date: 2001
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Elwell, Peter,
Pages: 36
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-416-96090-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-416-96090-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 00063534
Dimensions: 15 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
"My mother is soft. / My mother is strong. / My mother watches me long and long." On each double-page spread, a short, descriptive sentence is paired with a soft, dreamy pastel illustration of a mother animal and her baby, including sheep, tigers, and owls. The final pages show a human child with her mother. With its free greeting card, this will surely be a popular baby shower gift, but its sentiment will have more appeal to adults than to their children.
Kirkus Reviews
In a sweetly sentimental ode to motherhood, with a gently rhyming text, Bauer ( Grandmother's Song , 2000, etc.) extols the virtues of Mom, as seen through the eyes of a bevy of animal babies. The infants' encomiums reflect the distinct attributes of their particular species; a tiger cub's mother is strong while a ewe is soft, and a giraffe's mom is "tall and tall and tall." Bauer's simple text is a celebration of the multitude of tiny acts that define motherhood: loving hugs, watchful care, goodnight kisses. Elwell's softly hued, pastel illustrations radiate warmth; slightly blurred images artfully reflect the loving bonds between mother and child, regardless of the species. Each two-page spread contains an accolade printed in oversized text on a delicately colored background rendered in a palette of twilight colors: translucent lavender, soft sage, luminescent blue. On the facing page is a full-color, full-bleed illustration depicting a different mother and child. Elwell's studies encompass an array of animal life, both domestic and wild, featuring docile sheep, howling wolves, and leaping kangaroos, culminating in a tender portrayal of a human mother/daughter pair. This reverent tribute to a mother's devotion also serves to remind mothers of the extraordinary way their children perceive them. An inviting tale: just perfect for cozy moments and quiet read-alouds. (Greeting card included) (Picture book. 1-5)
Publishers Weekly

"Author and artist explore the depths, delights and ferocity of the mother-child bond, and their foray into unabashed emotion works well," wrote PW. Ages 1-5. (Apr.)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book captures the warmth of a mother-child relationship in verse and illustrations. Each spread features a full-page picture of a baby animal interacting with its mother, along with a page of text explaining what makes that parent special. "My mother is soft" appears opposite two sheep cuddled together; "My mother is strong" shows a tiger carrying her cub in her mouth; and two owls sitting together on a branch illustrate "My mother watches me long and long." Young children will recognize the parallels between their own families and those of the animals, as a baby bird is given a worm ("My mother feeds me"), and a kangaroo rides safely inside its mother's pouch ("She holds me tight"). The soft focus of Elwell's pastel illustrations is well suited to the gentle rhythms of the text. The end of the book reveals a young girl drawing pictures of the animals, making a card for her mother with the inscription: "My mother is special./My mother is fine./My mother,/my mother,/my mother is mine!" A welcome addition to Mother's Day collections and family storytimes.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Word Count: 100
Reading Level: 0.9
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 48708 / grade: Lower Grades

Marion Dane Bauer's bestselling My Mother Is Mine is now available as a Classic Board Book!

In simple verse, baby animals praise the attributes of their mothers and one little girl does the same. A baby robin loves how her mother feeds her worms, a baby kangaroo loves how tightly his mother holds him, and a baby giraffe loves how tall her mother is. Of all the special reasons why a mother is so special, baby loves her mother because her mother belongs only to her.

Perfect for sharing at Mother’s Day or any time of the year. This book resonates with the warmth and love between a mother and child.

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