Saturday, August 6, 2016

Summer Reading 2016: Happy Mamas


Rhythmic text, warm and colorful illustrations, and the appeal of cute baby animals will draw young readers to this book. At each time of day various mamas, both animal and human, are shown in activities with their offspring. Whether it is finding bamboo for a panda cub, a baby elephant spraying water from its trunk, or a child tiptoeing close to see a butterfly, each scene is vibrant and inviting. The mothers in the wild are busy making sure their young are fed, safe, and happy, just as the human mothers are. Penguins slip and slide on the ice, kangaroos and joeys jump about, babies play peekaboo or float rubber ducks in the tub, but they all have happy faces and contented mamas looking on.

For young readers who are fascinated with baby animals, parents looking for a good bedtime story, or teachers searching for a text to do a compare/contrast lesson, this title fits the bill. Those looking for diversity in children's books will be pleased to see a variety of ethnic backgrounds pictured in the human families.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

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