By Anthony Browne
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374350987, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 24, 2005
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The perfect gift for Mother's Day
Following up on his bestseller My Dad, the inimitable Anthony Browne returns to celebrate the every-mom. In this paean to motherhood, we first meet Mom over a cup of coffee, clad in a floral robe. The robe is ever present as her child describes her wondrous abilities and traits: from fantastic cook to brilliant juggler to great painter and from being as beautiful as a butterfly to being as comfy as an armchair - this mother will be recognizable to one and all.
Through all the charming characteristics detailed, Browne brilliantly paints his heroine with humor and affection. The ultimate message that shines forth is: "I love my mom. And you know what? SHE LOVES ME! (And she always will.)"
Anthony Browne has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and was a recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work. His most recent book, The Shape Game, is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. He lives in Kent, England.
"With simplicity, strength, and complete understanding of children's perceptions, Browne uses the voice of an unseen child to praise one mother - and by extension, all moms. As always, Browne's paintings hold attention...and the honesty of the narrator's emotions and Mom's devotion shine through." -- Booklist
"Browne crafts a heart-warming testimony to mothers. The sentiment is so pure that this tale will be a beloved addition to a family's repertoire of stories to treasure." -- Kirkus Reviews
"This loving tribute is sure to be a hit with parents and children at storytimes and for one-on-one sharing." -- School Library Journal