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MY MOMMY HUNG THE MOON; A Love Story

Author: Jamie Lee Curtis

Illustrator: Laura Cornell

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Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Anything I can do, my Mom can do great! She does so much for me ... from tying the moon with a string and creating heaven and earth, to baking me cookies and painting our toenails. I love my mommy This picture book lets a child celebrate their love for their mom.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 2

Age of Child: Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: "I love this book. Is there one for daddy?" It took a long time to read the book the first time, as our daughter wanted to explore all of the illustrations and the tiny print on the cotton balling kit boxes. She looked at all the book covers on the back to see what other books she'd read by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Adult Reader Reaction: I was surprised when our daughter picked this. I expected her to say it's too "babyish," but she loved it and we read it a lot. This is a fun book to read, though I found myself confused at times ... sometimes "mom" seemed to be talking about Mother Nature, other times, it was more personal. This is one of those books that will be nice to have around while my daughter waffles between wanting to be a kid and wanting to be a big kid. I LOVE the stuffed monkey!

Pros: Adorable, clever illustrations and humor create a book that celebrates the bonds between a mom and their children. The narrator is illustrated generically enough that it could be a boy or girl.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one that would make a nice gift for a new mom.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU   I LOVE YOU SO …   WHEN I WAS LITTLE: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

Educational Themes: This is a book for celebrating the things moms do. The "mother nature" v. "mom" piece may be a nice contrast for older listeners/readers. It might also be fun to turn the tables on the listener and say why you think they hung the moon! There is a lot to explore in the illustrations, too.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2010

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