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MOMMY DO YOU LOVE ME?

Author: Jeanne Willis

Illustrator: Jan Fearnley

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, ©2008

Material: hard cover

Summary: Little Chick asks his Mommy whether she still loves him ... after he makes funny faces; after he gets dirty; and even after he talks too loud. Mommy, of course, says "yes." Then she asks him the same questions. His answer is the same: yes. This is a book for affirming the unconditional love between a parent and child.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, early reader, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 7

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book, but after we read it one time, she wasn't interested in it anymore.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this simple story about the unconditional love between parents and their children.

Pros: Families can enjoy this picture book about communication, unconditional love, and forgiveness.

Cons: The characters didn’t have names, which made it impersonal. I'm not sure a real Mommy would have been so loving during all the little chick's escapades.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. A school and/or public library should have this book. If your child is often insecure about your love or acceptance this would be a great book to own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I LOVE YOU ALL THE TIME   A POCKET FULL OF KISSES   JEROME'S JAM

Educational Themes: You can use this book to talk about the importance of communication between adults and children. It also teaches unconditional love and forgiveness, which can be used for a parent-child relationship, but also siblings.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, family

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2008

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