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My Great Big Mamma
By (author): Olivier Ka Illustrated by: Luc Melanson
9780888999429 Hardcover, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance May 01, 2009
$18.95 CAD
Out of print 10.25 x 11.38 x 0.48 in 32 pages Groundwood Books Ltd Groundwood Books
Governor General's Literary Award: Illustration 2009, Short-listed SSLI Honor Book 2009, Commended

A little boy tells us proudly how big and wonderful his mother is -- from how soft she is, to how loving she is, to how wonderful it is to sit on her lap on the bus. When his mother goes on a diet, "because of what other people say," he is outraged and becomes a picky eater himself to show her how foolish she is being. There can be no doubt that for this child, his mother is great just the way she is.

This book is a remarkably life-affirming story about a young child who knows that a person should be loved for being just exactly who and what they are.

Olivier Ka was born in Lebanon and grew up in Paris. He has been a radio host, photo-engraver, actor and journalist, among other occupations, but now spends most of his time writing novels for adults and stories for children, especially fantasy and comedy. Olivier Ka lives near Toulouse in the south of France.Luc Melanson won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Grand Journey of Mr. Man by Gilles Tibo, and he was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for My Great Big Mamma by Olivier Ka, Les Compositeurs by Claudio Ricignuolo and La petite Kim by Kim Yaroshevskaya. He has illustrated many books, including Book of Big Brothers by Cary Fagan, and Pink by Nan Gregory, both finalists for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. Pink was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Luc lives in Laval, Quebec.

...[a] heartwarming book...The pictures radiate the love, comfort and security the boy feels in Mamma's presence. - The Horn Book Guide

...a touching story about unconditional love, acceptance, and the effects of a parent's self-esteem on their child. - Rover Arts

...a story celebrating the unconditional love between a parent and child. The book also reminds us, the readers, to accept ourselves as we are. - Resource Links

...A tale that will capture adults and children alike... - CM Magazine

Written with subtlety and tenderness... - Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

...clearly reflects a child's perspective of how a beloved parent looms large in his or her world and expresses the emotional satisfaction conveyed in a cuddle...[painted in deep hues,] both mother and son glow with warm emotion...[and the] message of nonjudgmental love is sweetly assuring. - School Library Journal


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