“To each and every mother in our world…”,
Read a book together to “…secure extra precious, magical time with your children…” – blurb from ‘I Wish My Mum Was an Octopus’.
Here are a few tributes to Mum to look out for this Mother’s Day.
My Mum Says the Strangest Things, Katrina Germein (author), Tom Jellett (illus.), Black Dog Books, 2014.
From award-winning author Katrina Germein and illustrator Tom Jellett, the dynamic duo are victorious again following the success of ‘My Dad Thinks He’s Funny’ and ‘My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny’; this time paying homage to mums in ‘My Mum Says the Strangest Things’. Totally hilarious, and with plenty of idioms that we can all relate to, this book will have the whole family nodding their heads, and perhaps even rolling some eyes. Because it’s true!
Each saying is represented with Tom Jellett’s characteristically comical cartoons and their cool retro colours. I love the red ants crawling out of the boys shorts as he explains how Mum says he has ants in his pants. And an aerial view of the boy when he’s grumpy – “…Mum says you could land an aeroplane on my bottom lip.” We’ve got wind changing faces, television turning eyes square, tired mum meaning tired kids, and the list continues.
‘My Mum Says the Strangest Things’ is great for primary school kids to crack a joke with their mums. It’s quirky, it’s entertaining, and it’s oh-so-funny!
Hey Mum, I Love You, Corinne Fenton (author), Black Dog Books, 2014.
An absolutely adorable tribute to mums, and written for her own mum, Corinne Fenton’s ‘Hey Mum, I Love You’ captures all the littlest moments and characteristic nuances that mothers and babies share in the most loving and affectionate ways. Each quality that makes Mum special are represented with photographic images of beautiful animals. A baby polar bear nuzzling its mother shows “the softest sigh”. A tiny monkey resting in its mother’s arms is “the snuggliest cuddle”. Mum is the protector, the nurturer, and the supporter. “Because I know with you beside me I can do anything. And I know how lucky I am to have a mum like you.”
‘Hey Mum, I Love You’ is perfect for mothers and their babies to have a giggle, a snuggle and a few sneaky kisses. Doesn’t get any cuter!
Jam for Nana, Deborah Kelly (author), Lisa Stewart (illus.), Random House Australia, 2014.
‘Jam for Nana’ is a delectably sweet story of a little girl and her Nana as they make pancakes with jam and sugar. Nana recalls the days when she lived on the farm and had ‘real’ apricot jam with the warmth of a hundred summers, and it tasted like the sun. The little girl longs to give her Nana the same precious gift, and surprises her with her own version of the delicious apricot jam – jam that is made with love and sunshine.
‘Jam for Nana’, with its soft and gentle illustrations, is sure to have its readers licking their lips, wanting to revisit Nana’s warm summers with its delicious goodness!
I Wish My Mum Was an Octopus, Shona Revie Keenan (author), Lee Burgemeestre (illus.), Ford Street Publishing, 2014.
Written in rollicking rhyme, a young boy and his mum simultaneously imagine all the jobs she could accomplish with eight tentacles; in the hopes that there is still enough time left for him. An ode to all the super-mums out there who really do juggle a zillion tasks at once – coordinating extra-curricula activities and social events, preparing meals for a range of functions, tackling the never-ending pile of laundry, attending to sick and injured family members, looking after the baby, achieving goals at work, being an active sports mum to the eldest child, and finally, enjoying creative learning time with the middle child.
‘I Wish My Mum Was an Octopus’ is a lively and fun story, with colourful, whimsical illustrations that showcase the extremely busy lives of mothers. A reminder of what’s most important – spending time with your precious ones.
More book reviews on busy mums…
Mum Goes to Work, Libby Gleeson (author), Leila Rudge (illus.), Walker Books, 2015.
Originally published in 1992, ‘Mum Goes to Work’ is back in 2015. A story of the importance of mums and an awareness for the many hats they wear, including a view into the world of working mothers.
We are introduced to all the mums and their children as they congregate at the child care centre. The story continues with snippets into the busy days of each mum at work, and their child at care. Nadia’s mother is a student (of architecture, as seen in Leila Rudge‘s illustrations), and it is paintings of houses and building blocks that Nadia meticulously works on at child care. Laurence’s mother serves food and coffee in a cafe, whilst he makes a three-layer sand cake and lots of sand biscuits with his friend in the sandpit. We see mums as nurses, at-home mums, receptionists, retail assistants, office workers and teachers. Meanwhile, the children play with baby dolls, puzzles, construction, ride bikes and read books.
Leila Rudge’s illustrations perfectly suit the tender feel of the story, delivering a touch of humour and meaning to the words, and plenty of details to explore.
‘Mum Goes to Work’ is a welcome insight into the daily lives of working mothers and children in child care. It’s a joyous story of identity and having a place in this big world. Readers can gain a greater appreciation for the commitment, sacrifices and pleasures that women achieve for their families. Equally, this resource allows mums wonderful opportunities to further bond and relate to their children. Fun, interactive and visually appealing; it’s a win-win for all!
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Hop Up! Wriggle Over!, Elizabeth Honey (author, illus.), Allen & Unwin, 2015.
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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!