Mama Loves
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Many books about the relationship between a parent and child have more appeal for the former than the latter. But this charmer, about a mother pig and her daughter, will easily resonate with little ones, too. The text is mainly a catalogue of all the things Mama Pig loves: dancing in slippers, rain boots, violets by the windows, porch swings. But the focus switches from mother to child because each verse ends by noting that Mama likes to do all these things "with me." The watercolor artwork is a charming blend of the old and new. Soft and cozy in a Tasha Tudor sort of way, the pictures, with their flowered prints and snapshot-frames, feature a modern mother who wears jeans and Laura Ashley-style dresses, rides bikes, and dives into the water (albeit in an old-time bathing suit). The sweet interaction between mother and daughter might lead to some sweet discussions between reader and listener as well.

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