Mommy Is a Soft, Warm Kiss

Rhonda Gowler Greene, Author, Maggie Smith, Illustrator , illus. by Maggie Smith. Walker $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8027-9729-2

A towheaded girl uses metaphors to express what her mother is to her. On the beach, she's “a buried treasure/ in the sand and sun./ I cover her... discover her!/ What silly summer fun!” and on Thanksgiving, “Mommy is a yummy smell/ of pumpkin pie, so sweet./ We share a meal with company,/ give thanks,/ then eat/ and eat!” Despite some syrupy moments (“Mommy is a happy tune I keep inside my heart”), Smith's sunny acrylic and watercolor illustrations are sweetly affectionate without being too sugary. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 03/22/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Genre: Children's
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