As David and his mother walk to school on the morning of Parent Show-and-Tell Day, he reminds her of all the things she should not do when she talks to his class. By the creator of Grandma's Hands.
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Grade 2-3-David is worried about what his classmates will think of his mom, who is talking to them about her career as a teacher (which is not revealed until the end of the story). During their walk to school on the big day, he gives her important pointers on what to do and what not to do. His suggestions include not calling him "Pumpkin," not showing off his baby pictures, and not telling any jokes. His mother tries to lighten his serious mood, but when she starts dancing near the school in front of his peers, he is mortified. He soon comes to realize, though, that his classmates are not laughing at her, but with her. Told with tenderness and humor, this book shows the special bond between this African-American child and his mother. It could find a place in collections as an introduction to guest speakers as well as for units dealing with relationships. The warm, watercolor illustrations are realistic and blend well with the story.
Stephani Hutchinson, Pioneer Elementary School, Sunnyside, WA
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David's mother is coming to David's class to tell them about her job. David is happy, but also concerned; will she embarrass him by telling silly jokes, calling him ``Pumpkin,'' or showing baby pictures? As they make their way to school, David grows more and more worried; his mother teases him, offering little reassurance. For no apparent reason, David realizes his fears are groundless, and that he's just plain proud of his mother. This sweet story with a heartfelt theme has moments that are amusing and recognizable; Johnson's paintings of the neighborhood occasionally lack energy, but convey the affection between mother and son and the sentiments of the story. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110761450416