by Laurel Porter-Gaylord
I\’ve discovered that I\’m kinda picky about what board books I read my daughter. She likes bold colors and faces (especially of other babies) so I end up choosing ones that have photos or very lifelike illustrations. There\’s lots of books with cute sketchy or cartoony pictures but I always pass these over for some reason; thinking she won\’t make much sense of those kind of pictures. How do I know, though?
Anyway, one of my favorite board books for her right now (which we\’ve borrowed from the library several times) is I Love My Mommy Because with illustrations by Ashley Wolff. I was really drawn to it for the pictures. The paintings have beautiful texture and colors and they all show mother animals doing things for their babies that really occur in nature. The book starts out with the words I love my mommy because she reads me stories, showing a mom reading to her child. Then each page names something mothers do for their children, but showing different animals performing the care: She feeds me when I\’m hungry shows an ewe suckling her lamb She rocks me to sleep the sea otter holding her pup in the waves She lets me play in the mud a mother sow and her piglets, etc. It\’s just a lovely little book and I enjoy reading it to her again and again.
There are two editions of this book. I like the board book one better, not only because it\’s easier to read with a baby but because the cover illustration is more attractive. The other edition has a picture of a child with a mother cat and her kittens- and (in my opinion) the artist is just better at doing animals than people so it\’s not quite as charming.
rating: 4/5 …….. 24 pages, 1991