Mothers

Mommies say shhh!

By Patricia Polacco

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Animals make many different noises, but when they make too much noise their mommies quiet them down.
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Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters That the Rest of Y'all Should Know, too! by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!

I loved my Southern Mama and my Southern Grandma, so when I found Suck in Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On! I knew that I would love it, too.  It is chock full of wisdom from mothers across the South--plus a running commentary by the author which is hysterical!

There are such wonderful pearls of wisdom as:

"My mom’s advice on raising children:  ‘If it washes off or grows out, it doesn’t hurt anyone.  Don’t worry about it!’”

“Mama said, ‘Just because it fits doesn’t mean you oughta wear it.’”

“My mama told me ladies never answered the door barefoot!”

“My grandmother advised me to marry a man my age or a little younger, ‘because they don’t improve with age.’  I now know what she meant.’”

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants

When I first saw Tina Fey co-anchor Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon on some lonely teenage evening, I couldn't stand her. The punchlines were marinated in a sense of overwhelming superiority, with a side of mean-spirited smarminess. Thankfully this is not the version of Tina Fey that came into focus as time passed.

Every Last One

By Anna Quindlen

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Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother, whose three teenaged children come first, before her career as a landscape gardener, or even her life as the wife of a doctor. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. (Catalog summary)
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Flower Garden

By Eve Bunting

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Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother. Suggested for ages 3-7.
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The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs

By Jack Gantos

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In this bizarre tale entrenched in genetics and human history, familial love is unabashedly and horrifically skewed, twisted, and swathed, reminiscent of the works of Poe, Shelley, and Hawthorne. Readers are introduced to the young woman narrator when she is seven, trapped in a small town and a victim of a family dark legacy: a maternal obsession so extreme that it preys upon the minds of its maligned descendants, forcing them to pursue any means necessary to keep their mothers with them always. (School Library Journal Review)
 

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Don't Forget I Love You

By Miriam Moss

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After spending too much time playing with his favorite toy, Billy and his mother are very late for nursery school and his mother forgets some crucial things as she rushes to work.

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I Love You, Little One

By Nancy Tafuri

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Mama animals tell their little ones all the ways they are loved, forever and always.

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Lots of Moms

By Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly

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Photographs and brief text depict a variety of mothers engaged in different activities, with emphasis on the similarities of mothers everywhere.

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Mama Loves

By Molly Goode

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Follows, in rhyming text and illustrations, the activities of a variety of animal mothers as they care for their babies.

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