Dear Mama’s Loving Arms

Soaring Kite. Jan. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781953859006.
Toddler-PreS–It’s morning time for baby as the little one eagerly awaits Mama’s arrival. As the mother cuddles, feeds, and plays with her young child, readers experience a full day through its eyes. Mama begins the day with the beloved words, “Who loves baby the most?” and the child is comforted by the memorable refrain. Kelley’s text is steady and fluid and the inclusion of cursive and highlighted font adds interest. Subtle touches like,“I lift up my sleep sack…,” make this addition to the new baby genre feel fresh and modern. Cloud presents a visual adventure from baby’s bedroom to a majestic dreamscape. The artist’s warm earth tones mimic the calming nature that abounds throughout the narrative. Mama has brown skin and black hair, with baby’s skin and hair both slightly lighter shades of brown.
VERDICT This picture book’s rhythmic language is as comforting as the swaying of a loving mother’s arms; a sweet lulling, naptime read.

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