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The Best Mother


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C. M. Surrisi holds an MFA from Vermont College in children's literature and is the author of the middle-grade novel The Maypop Kidnapping. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Diane Goode has illustrated more than 50 beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers and the Caldecott Honor book When I Was Young in the Mountains.


"After another morning of face washing, teeth brushing, and hair combing, Maxine decides she's had enough - and informs her mother that she's decided to look for a new mother. (Since she can't drive, her "old mother" will of course have to help.) At the park, the toy store, and the zoo, Maxine asks new mother candidates how they would respond to different situations, but none of them is just right. In fact, Maxine realizes, there's only one mother who's done every single thing she asked about... With expressive illustrations and a storyline that will get readers chuckling, this "what if" story is sure to be a favorite." -- A Mighty Girl

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