I LOVE PICTURE BOOKS!
SO OF COURSE, I LOVE CELEBRATING NEW ONES!
AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR JEANETTE BRADLEY!
Written and illustrated by Jeanette Bradley
Published by Roaring Brook Press (January 2018)
Themes: Parent/child relationship
Synopsis: From Amazon:
With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley’s debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother’s love.
When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she’ll return home soon―yet he still can’t help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won’t read, Picture Mama won’t laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.
But then Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, including a note that reads:
My love for you stretches across the wide ocean,
through day and night,
from earth to sky
and back again.
And Kipling knows that no matter where Mama is, he is loved. Soon, Mama comes home, and Kipling ends the day where he belongs―right in her arms.
Why I like this book:
Heartwarming text…sparse yet beautiful lyrical language
Super illustrations engage the reader from the first page turn to the last
I love books that give children confidence in the love of their parents…and the realization that even if parents leave (for a day of work or for the night when they go to sleep) they will be back!
The perfect book for Valentine’s Day and a new favorite of mine for bedtime storytime.
Jeanette was kind enough to share a super fun activity with us!
You can print out the template here:
What you need:
Small cardboard box
Paper for cutting out hearts (see templates)
Used postage stamps cut off envelopes
Stamps and stamp pad for “cancelling” the stamps
“Treasures” to put in the box, like rocks, feathers, pom poms, buttons, beads, or other found objects
Cut stamps off envelopes, or use Easter Seals:
Print out the heart template on pink paper, if you have it:
Cut out hearts:
Glue old postage stamps onto box using glue stick. Then “cancel” the stamps with whatever rubber stamps you have on hand
Write a love note to someone you love:
Fill your box with treasures, add your heart, and give it to someone special!