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Author: Marguerite Morris Arnold

Illustrator: Philip Williams

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Publisher: Xlibris Corporation,

Material: paperback

Summary: This is a rhyming book that describes the hopes, dreams and activities Mommies engage in with their children, and also explains that not all Mommies are here every day. This is a book for the child who has lost a parent.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Age of Child: Read with child 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He listened, but the message didn't resonate with our preschooler.

Adult Reader Reaction: The idea is a great one. It's sad, though, that the author limits some of the things moms do to the realm of the living (like having dreams for and loving their kids).

Pros: This book fills a void in children's literature. There is a very important message to be shared with children (and their friends) dealing with loss.

Cons: The rhyming doesn't always hit its mark, and it doesn't explain that even in Heaven, mommies still support us!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Even with its hiccups, it will be valuable to the family trying to help a child dealing with loss.

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Educational Themes: Everyone can use this book as a way to open discussions about loss with a child who has lost a parent, or their friend(s).

Notes: There is also a book on the loss of a father, Most Daddies Are

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, death and loss, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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