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Mother's Day evokes many thoughts of love, family and moms.  There seems
little that we can do to make up for all that our mothers have done for us
throughout the years. But, one thing is certain, a picture book about
mothers is sure to bring a smile and a hug to the newest and oldest of moms.
Here's a book for a youngster to give to mom on that special day. "Anything
for You", by John Wallace, is a view from a small cub, Little Charlie, as he
desires to help his mom. But, while Mama is watering the garden, Little
Charlie is having fun watering his toy bunny. While Mama is picking plump
green apples, he spills his bucket full of the fruit. And while Mama cleans
the inside of the house, Little Charlie is scrubbing up a mess. But
throughout the story, the message is clear. This young cub wants to do
anything for his mother and tries hard to please her. Mama conveys to her
youngster that she will also do anything for him and love prevails
throughout the entire book. The delightful pictures, illustrated by Harry
Horse, will surely please both moms and children ages 3 to 7.
"I Love You, Too!" by Eve Bunting, and illustrated by Melissa Sweet,
culminates why we have Mother's Day.  The expression of love can be
demonstrated in gifts and deeds. But the greatest gift a mother can receive
is the love from her child. This small-sized book has creatures small and
tall giving cherished items to their mothers. But the best gift of all is
found on the last page. This is a wonderful little book for 3 to 5 year olds
(and their moms).

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Just Mommy and Me", by Tara Jaye Morrow, is about a youngster imagining
what it would be like if he and his mommy were monkeys.  The entire story,
illustrated with bright, vibrant colors by Katy Bratun, exhibits these two
family members playing, swimming, fishing, swinging and eating together.
What I love most about this book is the way that they are spending time
together. What a better world this would be if we all could spend more time
with our loved ones!
And speaking of loved ones, the last two books celebrate the family because
whether you are two parents with children, or a single parent, you are still
a family and that makes you special. "You are Special, Little One", written
and illustrated by Nancy Tafuri, reaffirms that each offspring has their own
special talents and contributions making them unique.  Each youngster asks
the parents, "How am I special?" And each parent responds with the
assuredness of how they are special. The Lion parents answer, "...Your
dense, golden coat and your deep, resounding purr, you are so special and we
will love you forever and ever and always." This last phrase resounds
throughout the book. The most poignant response is how the parents of a
child answer his question. This is great for all ages.
The last book is very unique in the layout and presentation. "Hands", by
Louis Ehlert, is shaped like a work glove. The pages are stiff and have a
board book look. Each page opens the world of possibilities that a young
pair of hands can accomplish. Some pages even open in a fold-out fashion
making this book very distinctive. The first few pages demonstrate how the
child (told in first-person) helps her dad. There are pages with rulers,
tools and a birdhouse. When she helps mom, you see scissors, cloth and
buttons. The last few pages show mom and dad's garden gloves and paint. What
does this child hope to accomplish with her hands when she grows up? You'll
have to read the book to find out. This one wins for all ages - hands down!