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Mama's Coming Home

by Kate Banks
Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki

Published by Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003
24 pages
ISBN: 0-374-34747-6

Ages 3 - 6

A warm, realistically frenzied account of a typical day's end for many families follows two storylines that merge. At home, a father prepares dinner, feeds the baby, and scolds the pets while the older children--two boys--set the table and pick up toys. All eagerly await Mama's return from work. Meanwhile, Mama is closing up shop and making her way home, walking to the subway, riding the train, getting caught in a rainstorm as she leaves the station. Each satisfying two-page spread follows events at home and Mama's trek through the city as she draws ever nearer. Finally, "Kisses flying. No more crying. Mama's at the door." Kate Banks's brief, lively prose features occasional rhymes and one repeated phrase that serves as an emotional touchstone for the story: "Mama's coming home." Tomek Bogacki's distinctive illustrations have a pleasing childlike quality even as each composition is intriguingly complex. Highly Commended, 2004 Charlotte Zolotow Award. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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