Saturday, April 17, 2010

Who Loves the Little Lamb

Who Loves the Little Lamb
By Lezlie Evans; Illustrated by David McPhail
Disney Hyperion Books, 2010. Unpaged. Picture Book.

All about unconditional love, this sweet tale describes how various creatures are reminded that moms make everything better. The lamb is fussy, the pup is messy, the calf is pouty, the bird is noisy. Smart book design provides a chance for the reader to guess if mom is ok with various behaviors before turning the page and discovering the universal "mom formula:" pitching in to help solve the problem and then wrapping up with a good dose of verbal validation. Rhyming text provides a rhythmic cadence that makes for a good read aloud. David McPhail's soft watercolor illustrations capture the animal's distinctive personalities and drama between mother and offspring. Nice message at the end, one that every parent will save up for the last read of the night. Sweet dreams are guaranteed.

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