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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Love, Mama, by Jeanette Bradley. Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan. Raincoast. 2018. $23.99 ages 3 and up

"In the morning, Kipling
looked everywhere for

But Pillow Mama
wouldn't read,

Picture Mama
wouldn't laugh ...

... and Snow Mama ... "

Often parents have things to do that take them away from their families. They do the best they can to ensure that young children feel safe and secure, despite their absence. In the first of two 'love'ly books for little ones today, we meet a young penguin named Kipling.

Kipling's mother has to leave him behind when she goes on a trip. It is a lonely time, especially as night closes in. Dinner is desolate without her, and bedtime is perfectly dreadful. When she is not home in the morning, Kipling looks for comfort in the familiar. It's not the same without his mama. Days are long, nights are longer.

When a 'sad, soggy box' arrives, Kipling is intent on its content. It's from his mama! She knows just what will make him happy. A note accompanies it.

"Dear Kipling,
My love for you stretches across the wide ocean,
through day
and night,
from earth
to sky
and back again,
from my heart to yours.
Love, Mama.

Kipling responds in kind, and soon Mama is back! So many hugs and kisses to share. Soft, detailed artwork adds connections for the little listener, and a provide a strong sense of love and warmth.

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