________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 17 . . . . April 26, 2002

cover Mommy Poems.

John Micklos (Compiler). Illustrated by Lori McElrath-Eslick.
Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mill Press (Distributed in Canada by Stewart House), 2001.
32 pp., pbk., $13.99.
ISBN 1-56397-908-X.

Subject Headings:
Mothers-Poetry
Mother and child-Poetry
American poetry-Collections

Grades 1-6 / Ages 6-11.

Review by Lisa O'Hara.

*** /4

exerpt:

We're having WHAT for dinner, Mom?

You know I don't like that!

Don't even put it on my plate.

Just feed it to the cat.

(from "Dinner and Dessert" by John Micklos, Jr.)

This collection of poems about mothers and the mother-child bond is enjoyable. I wasn't sure whether it is intended for children or for their mothers, but I am sure that both will enjoy reading it, ideally together. The poems discuss such varied themes as mothers sewing, taking pictures, dressing up their children, children curling up with mom for a nap, fighting over eating dinner and, of course, Mother's Day. In fact, there is something for everyone, and children will delight in some of the sillier poems while mothers will recognize themselves and their children I was especially touched with the poem, "The New Mother" by R.H. Marks, about a child's impressions of father's new wife which ends, "I'm sort of getting used to -- Mother." Other contributors to this compilation include Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Arnold Adoff, Jane Medina and more.

internal art

     The illustrations are oil on canvas, and they describe the poem or poems on the facing page in visual form. Full of color, light and love, they show typical scenes of mothers and children, and in all of them you see children who are obviously loved and mothers who are happy. This matches the theme of the book: the love between a mother and her children.

Recommended.

Lisa O'Hara is a librarian and mother of three in Winnipeg, MB.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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