What's Special About Me, Mama?
Kristina Evans & Javaka Steptoe
Hyperion, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
very 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?
er reply covers many things – the child's eyes, skin, hair, freckles, and how polite he is. But each time she explains why he is
the child responds by asking, '
What else, Mama?
fter 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 ...
efore 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!
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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