Thursday, February 21, 2019
I Love You Mom, written by Abbie Headon and illustrated by Liz Temperley. Firefly Books, 2019. $14.95 ages 6 and up
Single parenthood is a
challenge, but it creates
a unique relationship with
lots of joy. Each rhino mom
raises her baby by herself,
and her love is so strong
that she won't mate again
until her little becomes fully
independent, a process that
can take two to three years."
This book came in the mail today, and I thought I would share it right away. Now, you can be sure to find a copy to use in your classroom in the days leading to Mother's Day, or maybe you know a mom who would really appreciate having a copy. I am one of those 'moms' who doesn't think there is a need to celebrate just one day. So, don't wait if you feel you want to gift it earlier than May. It's important to celebrate everyone every single day, isn't it?
The entries follow the same pattern throughout the book: on one page a beautiful watercolor image of a mother and her baby, and on the facing page a short paragraph of pertinent and accessible text.
In the introduction, Abbie Headon says:
"Motherhood is the most demanding and rewarding of roles, as these loving animals demonstrate. Let's go on a journey to meet nature's very best moms, and celebrate everything that makes our own mothers so special."
These animals live on the land, in the air, and in the sea. They are from every continent. Some are familiar, some may not be. Their love for their young is evident in every illustration presented. Moms are wonders, and this little book celebrates that.
As we grow old enough to start finding out about the world around us, we open ourselves to new role models. In the same way, when a gray langur baby reaches the age of two, its mom will allow other females in the group to share mothering duties, helping it to bond with its community."
As well as being adorable, a baby sea otter's fluffiness plays a vital role in its safety. A mother sea otter will blow air into her baby's soft, dense fur, puffing it up like a natural life jacket, so that her little one can float safely until it learns to swim and dive just like she does."
Just enough information to have young readers asking for more. This is a great format to use when presenting data collected during scientific research. There is lots to learn, and it will also suggest further reading.