Little Mama Forgets

By Robin Cruise; Stacey Dressen-McQueen (Illustrator)
Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374346133, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 2006

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Every morning, Lucy tiptoes into her grandmother's room to wake her with a gentle tickle. Little Mama always remembers to tickle Lucy right back But Lucy knows there are things her "abuelita "sometimes forgets - like the way to the park or how to tie her shoes. "Two long bunny ears like this," Lucy shows her. Still, there's much that Little Mama remembers and shares: how to skip and dance, stories from Mexico, and plenty of hugs and kisses.

A lyrical text with Spanish words and phrases and vibrant art spiced with cultural details capture the give-and-take in this lively Hispanic family and celebrate the special bonds that exist between young and old.

About the Author
Robin Cruise is the author of several books for young readers, including the picture book Only You, illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Margaret Chodos-Irvine, and the novels The Top-Secret Journal of Fiona Claire Jardin and Fiona's Private Pages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Stacey Dressen-McQueen lives in Portland, Oregon. This is her second book.

Praise For Little Mama Forgets

"Swirls of movement and color are the backdrop for a story that might have been sad.  The story is bittersweet, but Lucy's ability to look on the bright side . . .  wrap the events in affection and warmth.  Children won't forget this." -- Starred, Booklist "Brilliant illustrations accentuate Little Mama's zest for living, while celebrating Mexican-American family life . . . Extols the importance of memory and intergenerational relationships.  Warm and wise."  --Kirkus Reviews  "Celebrates a family life sustained by happy memories and good times."  --Publishers Weekly "Offers reassurance and hope to readers.  The universal themes of love and family dominate this tender, heartfelt story."  --School Library Journal

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