Saturday 3 May 2014

Love You, Mum

Love You, Mum illustrated by Karen Hull (Lothian/Hachette)
HB RRP $9.99
ISBN: 9780734414441
Reviewed by Hilary Smillie
With Mother's Day just around the corner, Hachette has released this stunning in-house picture book in perfect gift size. Karen Hull's Australiana
illustrations were inspired by the wildlife of Featherdale Wildlife Park and complement the simple text of the daily routine of mothers and offspring in the bush. Double page spreads of each pair and large lettering give maximum effect.
The beautiful cover depiction of a mother penguin with an arm around her chick is typical of what lies between the covers. Delicate bilbies nose to nose; deep pink galahs and rainbow lorikeets tending their spiky-feathered infants; Mother Koala piggy-backing baby koala; dingos howling and bats hanging are just some of the delights in store.
Love You, Mum is not just a tender example of the love between mother and offspring and the offspring's appreciation. There is a strong educational factor in the accuracy of Karen Hull's illustrations. This is a special Mother's Day offering which both mother and child will enjoy. 

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