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Mommy, I Love You
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PreS-Gr 2-Suzette, a young ladybug, is lost. She draws a picture of her mother and shows it to an ant, bumblebee, dragonfly, frog, and otter. She receives many compliments on her artwork, but no one recognizes her missing parent. In frustration, "she rips the drawing to pieces." Suddenly, the creatures reappear, with her mother in tow. Greban's soft watercolor illustrations capture the tiny insect's wide-eyed fear and sadness. However, the plot is predictable and the language is sometimes awkward: "She doesn't know much, but she does know what she will be when she grows up-she will be an artist." Children may question why Suzette's drawing shows only three spots on her mother's wings when the text repeatedly mentions five. For a more satisfying treatment of a mother-and-child reunion, turn to Nancy Van Laan's Little Fish, Lost (S & S, 1998) or P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? (Random, 1967).-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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