A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Features lots of sensory vocabulary and descriptive language. Underlying theme of sequencing and order throughout the book.
Spending a day with your mother is fun and special.
Positive Role Models
Features a loving African American family. Illustrations celebrate their natural features such as hair texture and skin tone.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mama & Me, by author and illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera, won a 2021 Caldecott Honor. It follows a young girl and her mother as they show their care and appreciation for each other while embarking on an ordinary day. Lyrical writing and bold illustrations show appreciation for African American culture, as they are engrained in tasks of daily living. The main character expresses her desire to be "everywhere Mama is," and the love between the two characters can easily be sensed by readers.
Is It Any Good?
This simple, charming story of a young girl and her mother will capture readers' hearts. In Mama & Me, Cozbi A. Cabrera perfectly captures nuances of African American culture with her beautifully bold illustrations and lyrical text. The book highlights the young girl's unique observations of the world and her robust imagination. The descriptive language helps create a distinctive sensory experience for readers. The divine bond between mama and daughter is delightfully celebrated in this must-read.
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