Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review - Mama Do You Love Me?

I think I bought this one because it was recommended in an article that was probably about attachment parenting. I remember reading that a psychologist keeps a copy of this book in her practice waiting room...I can see why! 
Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee, published by Chronicle Books. It's a sweet story in an unusual setting about the unconditional love a mum has for her daughter, even if such ran away and sang with the wolves or turned into the meanest polar bear you ever saw! 
A strong message for both parent and child, a bit on the melancholic side or maybe that's just the dark northern setting and folky style of the artwork. Text wise it's for slightly older toddlers but J pulls this one out of her book box surprisingly often. She loves listening to the story which consists of mum/daughter dialogue only and laughs at the Nordic animals featured. Extremely beautiful artwork, lovely detail, and a bit of an educational insight into Inuit living. J loves pointing out the patterns of the dresses and the curious things in the sky!

By the way there's a follow-up one for the dads: Papa Do You Love Me, featuring a boy and his father in an African Massai setting.

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