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As comforting as morning sun, this sweet, tenderly illustrated rhyming poem will reassure both preschoolers and their working parents that separation is only temporary." Though Appelt's (Someone's Come to Our House) text has the occasional ring of a greeting card, her rhythmic, four-line stanzas are filled with simple images that preschoolers will understand: the mother bird says her love "nestles in your pocket/ and makes itself so small/ that when you're busy playing,/ you won't notice it at all." As in her When Mama Comes Home Tonight, Dyer's radiant watercolours, this time of anthropomorphized animals, combine old-fashioned trappings with modern manners. The mother bird wears granny shoes and a straw hat decorated with cherries, but she also carries a briefcase and drinks coffee at a business lunch. Each picture, whether a full-bleed double-spread or a vignette, is filled with bright colours and patterns that are quaintly comforting. Given its timely theme and classic delivery, this could be a popular favourite. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
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KATHI APPELT is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including Piggies in a Polka and the Bubba and Beau series. She lives in College Station, Texas. JANE DYER has illustrated many much-loved picture books, including Babies on the Go by Linda Ashman and Whose Garden Is It? by Mary Ann Hoberman. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
PreS-An exploration of the love that exists between mother and child, even when Mama Bird must leave her baby at nursery school. Told in rhyming verse, each four-line stanza is a reassurance that Mama's love will permeate all areas of Baby Bird's day, from playtime to lunch to nap. Her love is described as settling on baby's shoulder, in a pocket, on a lap. Then the tables turn and this love is now alongside Mama at work, inside her desk, inside a shoe, until the final moment when she returns for her little one. While the sentiments expressed are lovely, the book is repetitive. By the time the pages turn to the mother, readers will be looking for more action and less abstract talk. What will carry this book into the hearts of children are the soft, watercolor illustrations. Each scene is vivid and fresh and full of a love and warmth that's palpable. This world is comprised of fully clothed adult and toddler animals, anthropomorphized so perfectly as to be 100% believable. The oversized, close-up views of a toddler duck, lamb, bunny, and pig, to name a few, lend an immediacy that's inviting and pure. Representative hearts abound in the drawings so that readers see a chalk heart on the blackboard seemingly resting on the baby bird's shoulder or the steam from Mama's coffee cup wafting upward in the shape of a heart.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
In a starred review, PW wrote, "As comforting as morning sun, this sweet, tenderly illustrated rhyming poem will reassure both preschoolers and their working parents that separation is only temporary." Ages 2-5. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"As comforting as morning sun, this sweet, tenderly illustrated rhyming poem will reassure both preschoolers and their working parents that separation is only temporary."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)