________________ CM . . . . Volume XXI Number 30 . . . . April 10, 2015


My Mother Always Tells Me.

Sharla Kinsman. Illustrated by Sonia Nadeau.
Winnipeg, MB: Peanut Butter Press, 2014.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-927735-09-1.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 2-5.

Review by Janet Beauchamp.

**** /4


My mother always tells me,
“Eat those veggies on your plate,”
and I know if I choose not to,
my dessert will have to wait.


My Mother Always Tells Me is a great, rhyming storybook. Every page addresses one of the things the little girl’s mom tells her she should do. From buckling her seatbelt to not eating crackers in bed, the text reminds readers of their own interactions with their moms. The rhymes really hook readers who will be excited to read the next page. The scenarios frequently resulted in a discussion with my daughters about “one time” when I “said that”. internal art

     This made our story time even more enjoyable. The ending has a very heartwarming feeling as the little girl’s mom tells her that one day she, too, will tell her children these things. The illustrations in this book are key to relating to the connection between the daughter and her mom and hence readers and their mothers.

     The little girl’s facial expressions are incredible. They make the character so genuine and believable. Between these amazing illustrations and the engaging rhymes, I would highly recommend this storybook. It is one that could be read again and again.

Highly Recommended.

Janet Beauchamp, who is the mother of three girls, a high school teacher and a teacher librarian, lives in L’Amable, ON.

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