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Mama, Do You Love Me? Board book – Sep 1 1998


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Product Details

  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (Sept. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811821315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811821315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 15.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This exceptional board-book tells a beautiful and timeless story about a daughter's attempt to find the limit of her mother's love. Barbara Lavallee's exquisite illustrations of Alaska, with their exaggeratedly foreshortened perspective and rich tones of violet, blue-gray, and gray-green, tell of an easy declaration ("I love you more than the raven loves his treasure, more than the dog loves his tail, more than the whale loves his spout") that is pushed, and pushed, and ("What if I put salmon in your parka ... and ermine in your mukluks?") pushed. There's a quiet joyfulness in both the antics of the Inuit mother and daughter and in the animals--including a polar bear and a musk ox--that the daughter imagines she might become. A charming story for mothers and daughters of all ages. (Baby to preschool) --Richard Farr

From Publishers Weekly

A decade ago, PW called Barbara Joosse's Mama, Do You Love Me?, illus. by Barbara Lavallee, "a striking volume which uses a timeless culture to convey a timeless message." Chronicle celebrates the book's success with a 10th anniversary commemorative edition that includes a fabric jacket and a limited edition print of mother and child.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bell on Sept. 18 2003
Format: Board book
This book is a great example of a child probing for answers. "Mama, Do You Love Me?" allows a child to seek out the boundaries of a mother's love. It touches upon cause and effect, with the chid daring the mother to still love even if she does the most horrible things. The mother's response is that although she would be sad, she would still love her child.

I thought this book was a great teaching tool to say, "I love you, my child, even when you do things that are not so nice."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Missy Rinaldi on March 26 2000
Format: Board book
I bought this when my daughter was 6 mos (she's now 2), we cant make it through this book! The story is a little long, definitely NOT simple (although it is beautiful, a mothers love is unconditional). The illustrations are ok, not catchy enough for the younger set. The text is definitely multicultural, ermine, mukluks, frankly its a little hard to read. The overall feeling of this book is BEAUTIFUL, and I trully hope that we'll enjoy it in the future. Just not now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. McVay on March 22 2000
Format: Board book
Kids are never too young to learn about other cultures. This book has beautiful illustrations showing native Alaskans in wonderful settings. The drawings attract just as much as the timeless tale of a mother's unconditional love for her child. It has great possibilities for opening discussions or for introducing pretending-type games. Best of all, it is all about love and there can never be too much of that.
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Love is the only thing that really matters! There's no mistaking the powerful allure of unconditional love in this young children's book, which has just been republished in a 10th anniversary commemorative edition.
Mama, Do You Love Me? depicts an Inuit mother who loves her daughter, no matter what. Throughout the story the daughter repeatedly asks, "Mama, do you love me?" She comes up with many intriguing and playful reasons why the mother might be persuaded to withhold love. For example, what if the daughter broke the ptarmigan eggs? What if she put lemmings in her mother's mukluks? The mother does not hide or lie about her feelings. Sometimes she says she would be surprised, or angry, or scared, but these variable emotions do not change her love for her daughter. Her daughter is her Dear One, always and forever.
This story is best suited for a young child, but it may also be interesting to anyone who's very keen on Alaska or Inuit life.
This book received a score of 7.50 on a scale of (1) low to 10 (high) from The Spiritual Reviewer.
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Love is the only thing that really matters! There's no mistaking the powerful allure of unconditional love in this young children's book, which has just been republished in a 10th anniversary commemorative edition.
Mama, Do You Love Me? depicts an Inuit mother who loves her daughter, no matter what. Throughout the story the daughter repeatedly asks, "Mama, do you love me?" She comes up with many intriguing and playful reasons why the mother might be persuaded to withhold love. For example, what if the daughter broke the ptarmigan eggs? What if she put lemmings in her mother's mukluks? The mother does not hide or lie about her feelings. Sometimes she says she would be surprised, or angry, or scared, but these variable emotions do not change her love for her daughter. Her daughter is her Dear One, always and forever.
This story is best suited for a young child, but it may also be interesting to anyone who's very keen on Alaska or Inuit life.
This book received a score of 7.50 on a scale of (1) low to 10 (high) from The Spiritual Reviewer.
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Love is the only thing that really matters! There's no mistaking the powerful allure of unconditional love in this young children's book, which has just been republished in a 10th anniversary commemorative edition.
Mama, Do You Love Me? depicts an Inuit mother who loves her daughter, no matter what. Throughout the story the daughter repeatedly asks, "Mama, do you love me?" She comes up with many intriguing and playful reasons why the mother might be persuaded to withhold love. For example, what if the daughter broke the ptarmigan eggs? What if she put lemmings in her mother's mukluks? The mother does not hide or lie about her feelings. Sometimes she says she would be surprised, or angry, or scared, but these variable emotions do not change her love for her daughter. Her daughter is her Dear One, always and forever.
This story is best suited for a young child, but it may also be interesting to anyone who's very keen on Alaska or Inuit life.
This book received a score of 7.50 on a scale of (1) low to 10 (high) from The Spiritual Reviewer.
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By A Customer on Dec 9 2002
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This book is one of my favorites for preschoolers (and even for older children--my first grade students enjoyed it, too). To address some of the concerns other reviewers had: this book is about unconditional love--so, yes, the mother continues to love the little girl, regardless of what she does. If you're not teaching your children that you'll love them unconditionally, whether they're good or bad, then this isn't the book for you. And, yes, this book is about another culture--which is what makes it such an invaluable addition to a child's library. The young children I've known have not found the foreign concepts obstacles to understanding what the book is about: love is a universal concept. Your children will learn according to what you expose them to, particularly in the preschool years, when they are constantly expanding their vocabularies and knowledge of the world. To presume that this book (and others like it) will be over children's heads simply because the world is not one with which they are already familiar is to seriously understimate their intelligence! Understanding other cultures lays the groundwork for understanding and appreciating other people, whether they are like you or not--a skill I hope all parents would like to impart to their children.
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