Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons

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By (author) Rob D. Walker, Illustrated by Leo Dillon, Illustrated by Diane Dillon

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  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 259mm x 307mm x 8mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0439932084
  • ISBN 13: 9780439932080
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 332,729

Product description

In this lavishly illustrated picture book, women from all corners of the earth impart special motherly wisdom to their sons. This richly decorative and multicultural book is the perfect gift for mothers and sons everywhere.

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Author information

Rob D. Walker is a talented singer, artist, and actor who loves to tell stories to his five children. He and his wife and family live in New York State. This is his second book for The Blue Sky Press. His first, Once Upon a Cloud, was praised as "an enchanting book" by Booklist. Versatility, diversity, research, and integrity have remained characteristics of the Dillons' work, which ranges from African folktales to Scandinavian epics, from fantasy to science fiction. In addition to two Caldecott Medals (for Ashanti to Zulu and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears), they have received four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, four Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and were inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997.

Editorial reviews

Flawed but still impressive, this illustrated collection of brief snippets of advice will particularly appeal to progressive parents eager to foster understanding and compassion in their children. Beautifully composed and executed pictures in the Dillons' trademark style offer glimpses into the lives of mothers and sons from a variety of cultures. Translations of each seven-line verse into the language of the individuals depicted are included, as are endnotes identifying the various languages and where they are spoken. The weak link is the text. A singsong rhythm and relentless rhyme make it feel repetitive, while occasionally abstract counsel ("Happiness / Comes from inner peace" and "Success is when / You know you must endure") is unlikely to resonate with young listeners. Still, cherish this for the sentiment and overall presentation. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)