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What's Special About Me, Mama?    by Kristina Evans & Javaka Steptoe order for
What's Special About Me, Mama?
by Kristina Evans
Order:  USA  Can
Hyperion, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Every child is special in his or her own way but sometimes the youngster needs reassurance that he or she is, indeed, unique. The little boy in this picture book asks his mother, 'What's special about me, Mama?'

Her reply covers many things the child's eyes, skin, hair, freckles, and how polite he is. But each time she explains why he is special the child responds by asking, 'What else, Mama?'

After his mother has nearly exhausted the list of things that make him special, and added how he is so very generous with his hugs and kisses, the boy says, 'But those are little things, Mama ...'

Before he can finish the sentence, the child's mother breaks in, 'Those are far from little things, Love. Hugs and kisses are two of God's greatest gifts. What's special about you, Love, is that you are LOVED more than ANYBODY in the whole wide world by me!'

A warm, affirmative story with bold collage art work by Javaka Steptoe, this Jump for the Sun edition celebrates what makes every child unique and special. Parents and children (ages three and up) can enjoy reading this aloud together and sharing similar sentiments.

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