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Little Mamá Forgets

by Robin Cruise
Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Published by Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006
32 pages
ISBN: 0-374-34613-5

Ages 3-6

Lucy’s grandmother sometime forgets things: that she’s toasting bread, or how to tie her shoes, and whether to turn left or right to get to the park. But Little Mamá remembers those things that are most important to Lucy. She remembers how to pour cream on Lucy’s pudding, just the way she likes it. She knows how to skip through the park with her granddaughter, and she never forgets to buy Lucy’s favorite chili dogs. Most importantly, Little Mamá “always remembers … to tuck me in with a song and a kiss.” A sprinkling of Spanish words is deftly inserted into the text, with a pronunciation guide and glossary supplied at the story’s beginning. Richly-hued illustrations accentuate the loving relationship between Lucy and her grandmother as they celebrate the important moments they share every day. Little Mamá’s memory may be failing, but she remains a steadfast pillar in Lucy’s young life. Highly Commended, 2007 Charlotte Zolotow Award (MVL) ©2006 Cooperative Children’s Book Center


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