Where's Our Mama?: Ou Est Maman? (Red Fox Picture Books)

 
9780099991700: Where's Our Mama?: Ou Est Maman? (Red Fox Picture Books)

A Caldecott Honor medalist offers a charming and stylish evocation of Paris as a helpful gendarme aids two children who have become separated from their mother. Reprint. SLJ. K. H.

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From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2-- The original Gare d'Orsay Train Station in Paris circa 1920 is the setting for this winning tribute to the enduring belief that one's own mother is the best in the world. Mama has her hands full with the baby in her arms and two preschoolers in tow when a gust of wind from an incoming train blows her hat away. "Stay right here while I find it," she cautions the children. When they become separated, a helpful gendarme leads them throughout Paris on a search for their mother. "Is this your mama?," he says as they arrive at the opera. "Oh no, sir. Our mama is very slim. But Mama cooks the best food in the world." And so the dialogue is repeated as they reject the cook, teacher, etc.--until the oldest child remembers her mother's original instructions and they are joyfully reunited back at the station. Clever viewers will enjoy spotting the mother on her own search for the children. Goode has crafted a book that is both elegant and childlike. The full-color art evokes a glamorous, multiethnic Parisian milieu; marbleized endpapers and a classic border contribute to the handsome design. The characters' expressive features conveying the fear and bewilderment of separation, the gendarme's humorous attempts at matchmaking, and the appealing repetitive rhythm of the simple text will also make this an inviting choice for story hours. --Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Echoing a Russian folk tale, ``My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World,'' Goode sets her story in early 20th-century Paris and provides an obliging gendarme to try to help two little children locate their mother, who has left them in the elegant, crowded train station while she runs after her blown-away hat. Misled by the children's artless responses to the ladies he produces (of a singer: ``Oh, no, sir. Our mama is very slim. But Mama cooks the best food in the world''), the gendarme leads them all over Paris before his small charges remember that they were supposed to stay put till Mama returned. Goode's beautifully designed illustrations evoke the city's fabled glamour while playfully bringing out the situation's comic side. A charming transformation of a story that deftly dramatizes the child's-eye view of a most important person. Contains one shushing librarian--and an unlikely number of dark faces, given the setting. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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