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Where Is My Mommy?
by Julie Downing
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Where Is My Mommy? is aimed at little ones aged 1 to 4. It's the kind of warm and comforting picture book that is perfect for bedtime reading - even the illustrations are soft and calm. Though much simpler, it reminded me a little of Margaret Wise Brown's endearing Runaway Bunny.

In this one, Mommy is never far from the side of a succession of baby animals, from a bunny ('She's waking me up') through a small skunk, birds, a chipmunk, a puppy, and a kitten ('She's waiting for me'). My favorite is the chipmunk ('She's playing with me.')

All these infant/mother interactions take us through an infant's waking activities and they finish with a picture of a small boy reaching for his mother ('Mommy is here!') Where Is My Mommy? is heartwarming for adults and reassuring for little ones - just the right thing to help them get to sleep!

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