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Mama's love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. In the tradition of Someday, this celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones! On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be Mama's love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. In the tradition of Someday, this celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones! On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is. With lyrical prose and a tender touch, Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.


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Mama's love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. In the tradition of Someday, this celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones! On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be Mama's love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. In the tradition of Someday, this celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones! On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is. With lyrical prose and a tender touch, Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together.

30 review for Me & Mama

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Reese

    There is gentle charm and delight in this book narrated by a little girl enjoying and observing the ordinary details of spending the day with her mama. I love the sweet interplay of affection, orderliness, and spontaneity conveyed between the words and illustrations. Each of Cozbi A. Cabrera's illustrations are stand-alone beauties, soaked with color and detail as well as abstraction. Some show the differences between the sizes and colors of their toothbrushes, drinking cups, rain boots, and bre There is gentle charm and delight in this book narrated by a little girl enjoying and observing the ordinary details of spending the day with her mama. I love the sweet interplay of affection, orderliness, and spontaneity conveyed between the words and illustrations. Each of Cozbi A. Cabrera's illustrations are stand-alone beauties, soaked with color and detail as well as abstraction. Some show the differences between the sizes and colors of their toothbrushes, drinking cups, rain boots, and breakfast bowls (as well as what's in them!). These motifs decorate the front and back inside covers of the book, much the way hairstyles and garden flora decorate My Hair is a Garden. Before baby girl and mama enjoy their day outside in the rain "The perfect day for boots and puddles, says Mama," there is breakfast-eating, bathing, and getting dressed. The illustration of the little one wearing a shower cap while water cascades over her ("A shower is warm rain that gets you going.") keeps making me smile.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    A heartwarming tale of quiet moments shared between a mother and daughter, and the time spent together on a rainy morning while the rest of the family members sleep in. It's moments like this that makes memories that last a lifetime of the special unconditional love

  3. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    My favorite birthday gift this year was a copy of Me & Mama, from my own mama who - just like this story's sweet narrator - is the center of my universe. This one is a treasure. My favorite birthday gift this year was a copy of Me & Mama, from my own mama who - just like this story's sweet narrator - is the center of my universe. This one is a treasure.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dax

    The paintings in this are gloriously beautiful and full of so much heart and love. The story is just a sweet day, so sit back and take in the joy on every page!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Me & Mama easily has one of the most charming covers for this type of picture book…to say nothing of the endpapers. Look at that cover: Cabrera promises a portrait full of personality—and joy—and she does not disappoint. Let’s pause at that title page: I can almost see that split second before where the girl thrusts herself forward into her mother’s side for that hug, giggling, maybe a bit shy before the viewer. That sweetness and light continues in the girl’s careful entry into her Mother’s crea Me & Mama easily has one of the most charming covers for this type of picture book…to say nothing of the endpapers. Look at that cover: Cabrera promises a portrait full of personality—and joy—and she does not disappoint. Let’s pause at that title page: I can almost see that split second before where the girl thrusts herself forward into her mother’s side for that hug, giggling, maybe a bit shy before the viewer. That sweetness and light continues in the girl’s careful entry into her Mother’s creative space—one of my favorite double-spreads of the book. The space is vast, neat, stocked with color and texture and promise. Her mother delighted, her work paused, her posture waiting. I love Mama’s bare feet. “I want to be everywhere Mama is,” and while most of the places are actual spaces in the house or outside, always in proximity to her mother, it can also be in her mother’s wisdom, “sometimes things break, Mama says.” In Me & Mama, we get a glimpse of the moments of a day that are all about this girl and her Mama. We begin in the hours before anyone else is awake and with a girl and her Mama undaunted by the rain outside. In fact, the rain is a subject of beauty. We're invited into a morning routine of bathing, grooming, breakfasting and dog-walking; and a nighttime one as well. It is in the routine that caregiver and child capture the everyday, the constancy of their presence and affection. It would be all too familiar to observe how a Me & Mama are alike, but Cabrera’s pairing allows for shared things to hold difference. Think about the cover, both are smiling, hands over eyes—and one is peeking. A spot the difference. Both have cups, dresses and bowls of oatmeal; each have different reasons why, and how. Me & Mama invites the reader/listener to make their own observations about footwear, toothbrushes, and bedtimes; the customized specifications of shared things. There is an invitation to observe the relationships to each other in more abstract ways; in the singing, the laughter, or an interaction with discoveries outside the house. Cabrera writes a pleasant rhythm into the otherwise unrhyming, unstructured text. The narrative told in parts. The waking and closing of a day surrounds a sequence I didn’t expect. I did expect the girl to finally get her walk with Mama out in the rain (with the dog); that aspect of the sequence was expected. It’s that second paragraph along the walk: A hole is where a branch was. Nests are left behind in winter. Some things don’t let go. But for what? The stores are boxes filled with people. That paragraph, and the shift from puddle splashing to a cozy bedtime scene. As the first person narrative already has its own whimsical turns, that paragraph’s arrival is more mystifying than startling. You just read along and through it and find that moment gathered up with the others at the close of the book when “I close my eyes and let the day spin me some pictures.” This is a book you just read, and not do the interactive pauses of some—and that isn’t a criticism. I love leaning in and just enjoying a story spun so beautifully—and Cabrera’s artwork is beautiful. That last page, “There’ll be me and Mama,” so quiet and tender… Pick up Me & Mama, if only for the artwork: it brought to mind Shaun Tan, Eva Campbell’s work in Africville, artist Fabiola Jean-Louis. I enjoyed the longer and more involved quality of the picture book; the beautiful lines: “the clouds outside are wearing shadows;” “Sky is taller, taller than the trees. Mama says a song is highs and lows;” “My mouth gets sleepy first.” Details outside of the skill of composition, color, posture…: the shower cap; textiles and wall hangings; her doll. It’s a good quiet snuggle in book before rattling around the house or out splashing in the puddles. It’s the kind of Mother-Daughter book that doesn’t try too hard, but does a lot of good hard work. Cozbi A. Cabrera is a maker of beautiful things, this book is just a glimpse. OF NOTE: this isn't just a Mother-Daughter occasion read; it's an everyone kind of read; a great story time option.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Guay

    This book is an adorable tribute to the special relationship between a mother and her young daughter. The story is told through the perspective of the little girl and how she sees her life in relationship to her mother. For example, her mother as a delicate floral coffee cup while she has a plastic sippy cup, her mother’s toothbrush is big and holds a lot of toothpaste while hers is small and only has a dab of toothpaste, and her mother likes blueberries with her cereal while she likes bananas. This book is an adorable tribute to the special relationship between a mother and her young daughter. The story is told through the perspective of the little girl and how she sees her life in relationship to her mother. For example, her mother as a delicate floral coffee cup while she has a plastic sippy cup, her mother’s toothbrush is big and holds a lot of toothpaste while hers is small and only has a dab of toothpaste, and her mother likes blueberries with her cereal while she likes bananas. It is cute to see how this young girl notices all these similarities and differences between her and her mother. They spend a wonderful day together, enjoying rain puddles, bedtime stories, and cuddling under the blankets. This is just a beautiful story and I think it will prompt children to look at their own families and observe some of the similarities and differences between their parents and even their siblings. It is a cute celebration of family. I absolutely loved the illustrations in this story in how they really conveyed their similarities and differences with everyday items and routines. I especially enjoyed the illustrations in the inside cover that showed 16 different items including shoes, books, pajamas, scarves, ice cream, and chairs, just to name a few. The illustrations showed the mother’s item next to the daughter’s item (I loved how the ice cream picture had the mother’s perfectly on the cone, but the daughter’s had fallen off--very typical of young children).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Mama greets the little girl who narrates this story when she comes down early in the morning. The others are still sleeping on the rainy morning. They decide to head outside into the rain together. First they must get ready with drinks from their cups, teeth brushing, showers and hair combing. Then it’s time for breakfast and barrettes in their hair. They head out into the rainy morning with boots, umbrellas and raincoats. Max, the dog, doesn’t need any of those things. Together they sing and sp Mama greets the little girl who narrates this story when she comes down early in the morning. The others are still sleeping on the rainy morning. They decide to head outside into the rain together. First they must get ready with drinks from their cups, teeth brushing, showers and hair combing. Then it’s time for breakfast and barrettes in their hair. They head out into the rainy morning with boots, umbrellas and raincoats. Max, the dog, doesn’t need any of those things. Together they sing and splash. In the evening, there are stories, laughter and cozy blankets that lead to dreams filled with moments from their day together. My summary above skims the surface of this picture book that deeply explores the relationship of mother and daughter. Cabrera deftly uses language to explain the connection between these two: “I want to be everywhere Mama is.” She also uses lovely comparisons by the little girl who looks at their boots, hair, laugh and other elements of their day and sees how similar and different they are. It’s a beautiful look at the small pieces of our days that create such deep connectivity. Cabrera’s art is done in acrylics, illustrations that are filled with deep bright colors that glow on the page. They too reveal the connections between the characters, deepening them even further than the words can. A marvelous mother and daughter book. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  8. 4 out of 5

    the.bookish.mama

    Oh, how this book pulled at my heart! It is an adorable story, told from the little girl’s perspective, about spending a rainy day with her Mama. She shares about all the similarities she has with her Mama who she aspires to, and how they are still different at the same time. For example, the differences in their toothbrush sizes and the cups they drink from. The descriptions are lovely, and they make you feel that you are there watching this special bond between mother and daughter bloom from t Oh, how this book pulled at my heart! It is an adorable story, told from the little girl’s perspective, about spending a rainy day with her Mama. She shares about all the similarities she has with her Mama who she aspires to, and how they are still different at the same time. For example, the differences in their toothbrush sizes and the cups they drink from. The descriptions are lovely, and they make you feel that you are there watching this special bond between mother and daughter bloom from the drizzling showers. This book shared how sacred those small, quiet moments are. If you are a Mama to a daughter I highly recommend this book. The author did a phenomenal job with both the illustrations and the text. The artwork is playful and helps the reader to see things from the mind of a child. It is absolutely stunning! The part about the matching dresses was very special to me, as my daughter and I wore matching striped dresses on Mother’s Day, and it was the first one where I had a baby to hold. This is a phenomenal book celebrating the relationship between a mother and daughter.

  9. 5 out of 5

    FM Family

    This book is ART. While the story is lovely and affecting the illustrations are really the stars of this book. From the beautiful interior scenes and detail of the cup, the kitchen the boots, to the incredible depth of expression and joy on the characters faces, this book is the work of a true artist. And this book feels written by someone who loves black people and black families, who has given great attention to capture details of expression and skin tone that don’t come through when black cha This book is ART. While the story is lovely and affecting the illustrations are really the stars of this book. From the beautiful interior scenes and detail of the cup, the kitchen the boots, to the incredible depth of expression and joy on the characters faces, this book is the work of a true artist. And this book feels written by someone who loves black people and black families, who has given great attention to capture details of expression and skin tone that don’t come through when black characters are drawn by white illustrators. There are some moments that are a little inconsistent, the abrupt change from after breakfast walk to bedtime, the somewhat out of left field comment about people in stores being in boxes. But the moments that work “I want to be everywhere Mama is” , the mother laughing at bedtime, the crawling through the bedsheet tunnel at bedtime, well they REALLY work well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    This features a young character, first person narrator, who "want(s) to be everywhere Mama is". The illustrations are lush and colorful, nuanced and detailed. That visual story provides a rich landscape for text that conveys depth of detail in simple narration. Examples: "Mama's cup goes clink, clink, clink... My cup goes duh, duh, duh... Sometimes things break, Mama says." From brushing teeth to combing hair, from rainy day walks to nap time, this portrays a delightful day as the background tapestr This features a young character, first person narrator, who "want(s) to be everywhere Mama is". The illustrations are lush and colorful, nuanced and detailed. That visual story provides a rich landscape for text that conveys depth of detail in simple narration. Examples: "Mama's cup goes clink, clink, clink... My cup goes duh, duh, duh... Sometimes things break, Mama says." From brushing teeth to combing hair, from rainy day walks to nap time, this portrays a delightful day as the background tapestry for a loving, sensory, secure, and happy relationship. The language and images and heart will have even the littlest ones chiming in and acting along with the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A charming story of a girl and her mother. I love how the front and back covers are them playing peek-a-boo with the reader. There are certain universal truths at work here - as a mom myself, I adored seeing a cup just like my daughter’s in the illustration and then the moment when the daughter brushes her mother’s hair is a moment that also happens so much in our house. The story at the end felt rushed - so much is centered around going out in the rain with her mother and then she reflects on t A charming story of a girl and her mother. I love how the front and back covers are them playing peek-a-boo with the reader. There are certain universal truths at work here - as a mom myself, I adored seeing a cup just like my daughter’s in the illustration and then the moment when the daughter brushes her mother’s hair is a moment that also happens so much in our house. The story at the end felt rushed - so much is centered around going out in the rain with her mother and then she reflects on the day with her papa and sister and it feels just a bit off.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Loar

    Cabrera's ode to the special relationship between mothers and daughters depicts beautiful vignettes throughout a young child's day. Charming illustrations accompany. A folded and gathered (F&G) preliminary proof (art and text to be revised) was reviewed. Expected publication date is August 25, 2020. Cabrera's ode to the special relationship between mothers and daughters depicts beautiful vignettes throughout a young child's day. Charming illustrations accompany. A folded and gathered (F&G) preliminary proof (art and text to be revised) was reviewed. Expected publication date is August 25, 2020.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sahara Scott

    This book was really great. The illustrator did a fantastic job, giving each image so much movement and detail. I wasn't a big fan of the writing, but the author did include some "grow words" to help beef up a child's vocabulary. Overall, I would recommend this to parents and encourage them to read this with their littles.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I love the illustrations on this book! This is a story of black joy and a mother and daughter's sweet relationship. The writing style is a bit disjointed to me. There are a lot of repeating phrases where the daughter thinks something in her head, then says it again out loud. I kept searching for the rhythm or poetry, but didn't find it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellon

    I love the celebration of simple joys. Some of the plot felt a little jumpy to me and I didn’t understand why they bothered to shower and comb their hair just to go play out in the rain. I also didn’t get the mention of people in boxes when they were out with the trees. Still a charming book though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Flossmoor Public Library (IL)

    3 stars This is such a sweet picture book! It is about a rainy day that a little girl and her mom spend together. The little girl greatly looks up to her Mama and constantly compares her own items to her mom’s with pride. It’s a wonderful read, demonstrating a heartwarming mama/daughter relationship. - Miss Emily

  17. 5 out of 5

    Libraryworker14gmail.com

    This book is a delightful and whimsical story about a little girl and mama outing on a rainy. Before their adventure begins they enjoy breakfast and getting dressed together as their other family members are sleeping. This child simply adores her mother and cherishes every moment with her. The illustrations are warm, moving, and inviting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ann Santori

    3.5. The narrative in the last third is rushed and the change between daytime exploring outside in the rain and bedtime is abrupt. Otherwise, lovely. *I received a free e-ARC from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ilse O'Brien

    A beautiful book capturing young childhood and the bond between a girl and her mother. Would make a great mentor text for young writers (small moments, sensory details). preK-2 is the sweet spot here, but 3-4 will appreciate, too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kelley

    Sweet story, beautiful illustrations. Just look at that cover!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Annese

    A bit rushed, but BEAUTIFUL!! Look at their adorable faces! I miss taking pictures with my mom like this. I NEED the front and back covers as art prints to display somewhere.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Gorgeous. Lyrical. Day in the Life storytime?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Y.Poston

    Beautiful rainy day mother & daughter (little person to big person) exploration Beautiful rainy day mother & daughter (little person to big person) exploration

  24. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Theule

    A most beautiful book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Such beautiful illustrations! I hope it gets lots of love at awards time!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Nigeria Parker

    I wanted more

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Cresse

    Beautiful illustrations of ordinary items tell the story of a child's day with her mother

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera makes me long for red & yellow rubber boots, and a rainy day to wear them on. This picture book is sweet & charming, and a must-add to our school library collections. Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera makes me long for red & yellow rubber boots, and a rainy day to wear them on. This picture book is sweet & charming, and a must-add to our school library collections.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Really beautiful oil-like paintings (I'm no artist), lyrical prose, lovely theme.

  30. 4 out of 5

    stillme

    A celebration of the small, everyday things that make life beautiful for children. Also, a lovely representation of Black joy.

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