A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Mothers from different cultures around the world share life lessons that help their sons become men.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this book focuses on mothers and sons in particular, it offers beautiful lessons for all of us, with illustrations fit to be framed.
Is It Any Good?
Though this book claims to be "a book of love for mothers and sons, " it is much, much more. With words that flow like the tender strains of a lullaby, lessons that are simple but poignant, and the rich, elegant artwork, this is truly a gift of love for us all.
Far from being your run-of-the-mill finger-wagging mother lectures, these are lessons of loving wisdom passed on with the tenderness of patient teachers at work. The words are touching and poetic, but the illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon are absolutely remarkable. Colors are rich, lines strong, and expressions brimming with human warmth. Besides portraying a universal strength of spirit as well as accuracy of detail, each dramatic painting echoes a genuine respect for people, especially mothers and sons, of all nations, and together they celebrate diversity, compassion, and "the most abiding power of all...love."
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