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Mama, I'll Give You the World

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Exquisite artwork and an exceptionally tender text showcase the special bond between a mother and her daughter. Every day after school, Luisa goes to Walter's World of Beauty to watch her mama work—cutting, coloring, and curling customers' hair. Before they go home, Mama puts her tip money in a special envelope for Luisa—for college. She wants to give Luisa the world! But Luisa has a plan of her own. For Mama's birthday, Luisa wants to give Mama the world. . . . This touching story of a loving child and a single, hard-working mother is sure to be a favorite of families everywhere.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 21, 2006 – A keen observer, Luisa notices that while her hard-working mother's mission is "to give her the world," it is sadly often at her own expense ("Mama hardly ever smiles, but when she does, she is the prettiest flower in the World"). Schotter's (The Boy Who Loved Words) flower imagery at times feels overwrought as it serves as a metaphor for the necessity of growth and development in order to flourish ("Everyone in the world is a flower.... Together, they make a bouquet," her mother tells Luisa). Gallagher's (Moonhorse) illustrations focus on the beauty shop customers, whose individual hairstyles and personalities lend style and humor to a colorful setting. Ironically, while Mama also recognizes their uniqueness and is surrounded by products with "names that whisper promises-Raspberry Radiance, Evening Glamour Glow, Sunday Night Soother"-she has a hard time seeing her own inner beauty. Luisa hatches a plan to help her mother stop and smell the roses (literally), as she recreates a joyous moment in Mama's past with the help of the beauty parlor community. By story's end, both Luisa and Mama have come to realize that their presence in the present is the greatest gift of all. Ages 4-6.


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Mama, I'll Give You the World
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Aug 22, 2006
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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