Thursday, June 25, 2009
Mama Says - A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons by Rob D. Walker
illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
A perfect, poetic picture book - words and illustrations working together to make a stunningly beautiful, warm and endearing celebration of parent-child relationships. In this case, the bond is mother-and-son. Dillon gives us simple poems about the teachings of mothers to sons and places the English version side-by-side with different languages from around the world. The languages are written in their own script. Mothers teach about courage, hard work, hope, faith, and respect, all told from the perspective of the sons. The illustrations which accompany each verse are gorgeous. My favorite is the one of the Ethiopian mother, staying up late with her son, holding the light for him as he finishes some schoolwork. I call this a perfect picture book because the text and illustrations do not outshine one another, they complement each other to make a wonderful reading experience. I highly recommend this one!