“I want to be anywhere Mama is,” says a girl as she heads down the steps one morning in the house she stocks together with her parents, her brother and her dog, Max. Her love for her family is clear, however she is particularly fascinated with Mama, who sings a terrific morning greeting, “vivid as sun,” to her daughter.
The two spend the day whole together. They comb one another’s hair, take a walk out of doors, sing and splashing in puddles, read collectively at bedtime and more—however the e book’s central consciousness is on the particularities of Mama’s world, the details that her daughter takes in over the path of the day. She lovingly catalogs objects that belong to Mama, which includes a fragile, floral-patterned mug, a pink toothbrush, an oatmeal bowl, a fuchsia hair barrette and a couple of tall, crimson boots, evaluating them to her own possessions. In a deft touch, the items are featured on the e book’s endpapers. When Mama reads to the lady and her brother at night, the female even observes Mama’s shining tooth as she throws returned her head to laugh. She’s deeply smitten, and it’s easy to see why.
Author-illustrator Cozbi A. Cabrera on occasion contains evocative figurative language into the female’s narration as to describe their day. “The clouds out of doors are carrying shadows,” the girl declares earlier than she and Mama leave for their walk. As they sing to the sky at some point of their wet stroll, Mama tells the girl that a music is “highs and lows.” At bedtime, a “sleepy sun” turns the sky pink before darkness settles in.
Cabrera brings a joyous Black family and their eloquent yet cozy domestic to vivid lifestyles in brightly colored, highly particular acrylic illustrations. The ebook’s tempo slows considerably toward the ending, as the girl falls asleep and remembers the day she and Mama spent together. One spread depicts merely darkness with rich shades of blue filling each inch of the unfold; it’s a adorable moment wherein Cabrera lets the tale breathe.
Me & Mama is a picture book love letter that captures the remarkable bond among a mother and daughter on a very normal day.
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