My mother is so smart

Tomie DePaola, 1934-

Book - 2010

From her knowledge of when to change a diaper and how to make popsicles to her skills in driving a delivery truck and dancing the polka, a child sings the praises of a special family member.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group 2010.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780399254420
0399254420
Main Author
Tomie DePaola, 1934- (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A young narrator praises his mother for such maternal deeds as knowing when to change his diaper when he was a baby, baking "the best" cookies, and serving a warm breakfast when it's cold out. More diverting are revelations of her spunkiness: she teaches him to dance the polka, takes him to school in grandfather's antique truck, and shows kids how to write their initials in the air with sparklers. Pastel borders frame spare, warm portraits of mother and son: as the mother faces readers, fresh Popsicles at the ready, she resembles no less then a modern-day saint. Ages 3–5. (Mar.) [Page 68]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K—DePaola offers a portrait of a little boy and his doting mother, who bakes cookies, sews Halloween costumes, and can even stand on her head. Each page offers one of her skills, with soft, acrylic paintings illustrating the full range of her abilities. This story acts as more of a nostalgic picture album of dePaola's childhood than as a fully developed story, but the simple sweetness of the vignettes both in text and illustration present a heartfelt tribute to one fabulous woman. While the story is an endearing celebration of one specific parent, it's unlikely to resonate with many of today's children.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA [Page 117]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

From her knowledge of when to change a diaper and how to make popsicles to her skills in driving a delivery truck and dancing the polka, a child sings the praises of a special family member.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A celebration of motherhood finds a young boy in awe of his mother's many roles, from singing instructor and truck driver to Halloween costume maker and polka dancer. By the author of Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From her knowledge of when to change a diaper and how to make Popsicles to her skills in driving a delivery truck and dancing the polka, a child sings the praises of a special family member. Inspired by the accomplishments and behavior of the author's own mother.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Mothers are so amazing?is there anything they can?t do? This little boy?s mom is so smart she can make the perfect Halloween costume, drive a truck, dress like a movie star, dance the polka, make popsicles, teach the whole neighborhood to sing and even stand on her head. Through the heartfelt words of a little boy awed by all the things his mom can do, this glowing celebration of mothers has a universal appeal that will make young readers everywhere want to share it with their own moms.