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There are only two days left until Mother's Day, and Charity Chatfield doesn't have a present for her mother. She doesn't even know what to get her!On Saturday morning, as Charity watches her mom answer the phone, rescue the toast, empty the dishwasher, and check the clock, she thinks an extra set of hands would be good. Then the two rush off to do errands, and Charity thi ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Kathryn
This is a fun story, one to which both parents and kids will be able to relate. The little girl wants to find the perfect present for her mom but none of the usual gifts seem quite right; finally, she finds something that her mom desperately needs and is able to deliver the perfect gift! :-) I like that we have a hard-working mom (both as a mother and as a business owner) and a husband that really seems to understand his wife and a daughter who notices how hard it is to be a mom, and what might ...more
Josiah
No Time for Mother's Day is a collaboration between an excellent author and an excellent illustrator, and the partnership works very well. Laurie Halse Anderson's fresh, funny, and meaningful story is captured perfectly by the surprisingly detailed, in-depth artwork of Dorothy Donohue, and the result is a very good picture book.

With only two days before Mother's Day, Charity (I love that name!) has no idea what to give her mother. She wants it to be something that will really be used and appre
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David Schaafsma
I am a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson's YA work. Before doing that (was Speak the first, in 1999?) she wrote children's books. This one is unremarkable, but.. nice.. and the best thing about it is the beautiful artwork by Dorothy Donohue. Anderson is best when there's an edge to her prose, snark, sarcasm. None of that here, alas.
Sara Lemonade
No time for a review. Good book though.
Laura
Charity doesn't know what to get her mother for Mother's Day. She find some inspiration after reflecting on her cousin's gift for her aunt and observing her mother's busy life. The style and illustrations of this story seemed sweet and dated to me. A good choice if you need a good variety of selections for various holidays; one I'll skip for my small school library selection.
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A very interesting story and watching the juxtaposed characters as Aunt Imogene is showered with gifts from her son Fred and how mom is given nothing but the simplest of gifts. Material goods aren't everything, and this story makes sure to make the moral loud and clear.
Paul  Hankins
A creative solution to the problem of what to get for mother leads to the playful title of this 1999 Laurie Halse Anderson title.
Anna
A cute children's book. I can still read Anderson's touch in the short story :) and the story really was very nice and realistic.
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