Just like mama

Lesléa Newman

Book - 2010

A young girl enumerates all the things that her mother does in inimitable fashion, from scooping her up in a hug in the morning to tucking her in at night.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers 2010.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
ISBN
9780810983939
0810983931
Main Author
Lesléa Newman (-)
Other Authors
Julia Gorton (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

While the title implies a girl copying her favorite and nearest role model, this story is in fact a tribute to Mama's singular awesomeness, particularly when it comes to addressing the narrator's needs. "She sets out cups and saucers for my teddy bears and me," writes Newman, "then shows us all the proper way to pour a pot of tea./ Nobody has tea parties just like Mama." Gorton's pen and marker illustrations, an intriguing mixture of girly and bold, are cropped in a way that conveys the effusiveness of the narrator's feelings: her admiration and gratitude can't be contained by the margins. Ages 3–8. (Apr.) [Page 68]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A heartwarming book that reassures mothers that sometimes their children really do appreciate them. Each spread shows a woman and her daughter engaging in their daily activities. From hair combing to breakfast making to gardening and snuggling, nobody does it "just like Mama." The rhyming text is full of figurative language and charming details and is fluid when read aloud. The mother and daughter are definitely girly girls with a penchant for pink, flowers, and tea parties. The illustrations, with pastel-colored backgrounds, gardens, and lots of detail, highlight the cozy parent-child relationship. This title is definitely a great gift book, and it will circulate in public libraries as well. Mothers who read it will feel celebrated for all the things they do.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ [Page 89]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A young girl enumerates all the things that her mother does in inimitable fashion, from scooping her up in a hug in the morning to tucking her in at night.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Celebrates a range of traditional activities shared between moms and their daughters, in a Mother's Day tribute that features gentle rhymes about lavish cooking projects, tea parties and gardening activities. By the award-winning author of Eight Nights of Chanukah.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Just Like Mama is a beautiful testament to the love between mother and daughter, and especially how, in a child’s eyes, a mother does everything perfectly, from cooking to playing to simply loving. There are some things that no one can do as well as a mom. “With a pile of pancakes shaped like moons, and cocoa with a cloud of cream, no one can cook breakfast just like Mama.” Nor garden, host tea parties, cook supper, or tuck her child into bed. No one does it just like Mama can. And in the end, nobody loves Mama just like her little girl does. 

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Just Like Mama is a beautiful testament to the love between mother and daughter, and especially how, in a child’s eyes, a mother does everything perfectly, from cooking to playing to simply loving. There are some things that no one can do as well as a mom. “With a pile of pancakes shaped like moons, and cocoa with a cloud of cream, no one can cook breakfast just like Mama.” Nor garden, host tea parties, cook supper, or tuck her child into bed. No one does it just like Mama can. And in the end, nobody loves Mama just like her little girl does.