Me & Mama

Cozbi A. Cabrera

Book - 2020

For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Denene Millner Books [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781534454217
1534454217
Main Author
Cozbi A. Cabrera (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Lush acrylic hues of color wash every double-page spread while spare text describes the tender feelings a small Black child with curly, high-bunched pigtails has for her beautiful mother. Simple words express the little one's emotions as she eagerly wakes up in the morning to enjoy their daily activities together. Throughout the pages there are comparisons between Mama's and daughter's familiar objects: Mama's cup (big) and mine (little); Mama's toothbrush and mine ("I get less toothpaste"); Mama's boots (tall and red) and mine (short and yellow). Raining? "The perfect day for boots and puddles," says Mama, with joyous depictions of the two singing and splashing in the wet outdoors as silvery drops fall. After a good day, there are pajamas, giggles, hugs, and kisses before bedtime. A gorgeous blue blackness envelops the girl's thoughts as she spins some pictures of her day with Mama and dreams of another tomorrow. Endpapers identify the 15 items, both large and small, that are shown in the story. A warm tribute to a special family relationship and comforting home. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Told from a first-person point of view, this quietly engaging picture book unfolds on a rainy morning, with a Black girl who "want to/ be everywhere Mama is." Waking up before Papa and younger sibling Luca, the girl narrates aspects of the mother and daughter's morning routine ("A shower is warm rain that gets you going"), comparing their respective cups and toothbrushes, oatmeal with toppings, and rain boots. Sensory details, fittingly tangential childlike observations, and familial dialogue make the narrative feel immediate and genuine ("I don't like the bumblebee barrette, I say..../ She knows I mean just today"). Cabrera's striking acrylic visuals recall painters such as Jordan Casteel and Maira Kalman. While a few of the girl's lines feel nebulously philosophical ("Some things don't let go. But for what?/ The stores are boxes filled with people"), the narrative offers an elegant testament to the love-filled bonds between child and parent. Ages 4–8. (Aug.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—A young Black girl enjoys a rainy day alone with her mother, savoring each ordinary moment for the joyful expression of love it represents. From combing their hair to a song-filled walk under cloudy skies, every part of the day is cherished because it is spent together. Mama is as bright as the sun and daughter orbits around her, basking in the glow of her kindness and understanding. Told from the daughter's perspective, the simple yet lyrical prose shines with trust and pride in the bond the two share. The muted color palette and painterly style of the art evoke a cozy sense of security. While realistically portrayed, each image has a soft, dreamlike quality that also highlights the timelessness of the story. VERDICT A strong portrait of familial connection, this title captures the essence of unconditional love between parent and child, and is recommended for all picture book collections.—Sophie Kenney, Aurora P.L., IL Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

For a little girl on a rainy day, the best place to be is with Mama.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor BookMama’s love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.With lyrical prose and a tender touch, the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor BookMama's love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.With lyrical prose and a tender touch, the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.