Monday 11 April 2022

Get Ready, Mama!

Get Ready, Mama! by Sharon Giltrow, illustrated by Arielle Li (Exisle Publishing) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781922539083

Reviewed by Kerry Gittins

In this latest book from Sharon Giltrow, we find a young girl and her mother getting ready for school, except this is no ordinary morning routine. In this warm and funny story, we see the roles reversed, with the young child urging her mama to get out of bed, get dressed (and help her put the clothes on the right way), eat breakfast, get her shoes on, and finally get out the door and be on the way to school. When they arrive at school, mama wants one more hug, one more kiss and a pinkie promise that they will see each other later.

Parents will relate to the morning rush and the extrication of limbs and goodbyes at the school gate before the children happily run off to find their friends and start the school day. Children will recognise the hilarity of the role reversal and see themselves in the many tasks that mama must finish before the school morning can begin.

Giltrow’s humorous and engaging text is complimented by Li’s bright and playful illustrations that expertly capture the essence of the story. Get Ready, Mama! is a wonderful addition to any library collection for young children. 

Themes to be explored in the classroom could include morning routines, families, mother-daughter relationships, getting ready for school, responsibility, and self-awareness. 

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