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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.