Friday 12 October 2012

My Mum Makes

My Mum Makes My Mum Makes illustrated by Dee Texidor (Lothian/Hachette)
PB RRP $16.99
ISBN: 9780734412812
Reviewed by Hilary Smillie

This colourfully illustrated in-house picture book is a celebration of a mother's care and love for her pre-schooler. A little girl recounts her routine with mum assisting at every step - waking her up, getting her dressed, feeding her, showing her how to plant vegetables, giving her a swing etc.

Each page demonstrates the unique mother-daughter relationship forged in the simple act of spending time and putting thought into what they do together. The child is also aware that mums are busy and is happy to play alone at times.

The message that the little girl feels important and loved shines through the dialogue. She is not threatened when she discovers her mum is going to have a baby. In fact she thinks a baby is the best thing her mum has made and can't wait for her mum to bring it home.

Young children will enjoy the dazzling colours and busy designs chosen by the artist and relate to much of what unfolds. The delightfully simple story may help children to accept the arrival of a sibling. Perhaps, like the small protagonist, they will think their multi-skilled mum is a genius, too.  

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