Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Feature; Celebrating Multicultural Mamas

There are many, many beautiful books about the women who tend to us.  This is a short list of books featuring mother's and their struggles.

1) Hair for Mama by Kelly A. Tinkham; ill. by Amy June Bates (2007).

Marcus tells the story of his mother's cancer and how it affects their annual picture day.  Mama doesn't want to be in the picture if she doesn't have any hair and Marcus searches for the perfect solution.  Sweet, Sweet story.

2) Mama's Saris by Pooja Makhijani; ill. by Elena Gomez (2007).

A young girl admires her mother's sari collection, kept in an old suitcase under the bed, as her mother chooses one to wear for a special occasion.  The little girl desperately wants to wear one so she can feel just like her mama.  The illustrations are filled with gorgeous colors of the saris as they remember special occasions. 

3)  A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams (1982).

A fire destroyed their belongings so a young girl, mama and grandma save change in a jar in hopes of one day buying a beautiful new chair.  They find an apartment to live in and the neighborhood pitches and shares furniture with them but the young girl wants so much to purchase a big, comfy chair for her mother to sit in after a long day of waiting tables. 

What books are in your collection that celebrate mothers?

I don't know what's planned for me on Sunday but I do know I'll be happy, surrounded by my children.  My two wishes: great weather and a little time to read.

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