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Mama, Do You Love Me?

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  3,877 ratings  ·  169 reviews
This beloved story of a child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parents love is unconditional and everlasting is a perfect first book for toddlers.
Board Book, 24 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Cheryl
Imo, the cover is unfortunate, as it's rather dark and somber. I suppose it's intended to let readers know that this would make a good bedtime story - which is true.

Oh but I'm so glad I opened it and saw the bright joy inside! Just lovely. The rhythm of the text was so marvelous I corralled my teen son and read it aloud to him, and I really enjoyed how the dialogue (no narration!) sounded out loud in the two (no other characters!) voices. And when we got to the end we were both impressed by the
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Kathryn
Jun 29, 2009 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Chandra and Abigail
The theme alone—that a mother's love knows no bounds—is told beautifully. Moreover, the illustrations and setting provide a stunning glimpse into the traditional Inuit culture of peoples in Northern Alaska. Either of these merits would warrant checking out the book--combined, it makes this a can't- miss, in my opinion.

*I read the regular Hardcover edition
Bridgette Redman
My son is getting to that age where he asks for books by name. He’s graduated from the vague, “Book” and “’Nother book” to “Mitten book” (the one by Jan Brett), “D book” (in the Moncure alphabet series) and “Foot Book” (by Dr. Seuss) among others.

Last night, he asked for the “Mama book.” Within seconds, all the exhaustion from my overlong work day disappeared. My son plopped himself into my lap and handed me Mama, Do You Love Me? Our reading time is usually a joint affair. I’ll start reading and
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Randie
A young girl seeks reassurance that her Mama will love her no matter what she does. Mama provides this reassurance and also shares the emotions she would feel if her daughter demonstrated the acts in her questions.

The illustrations exhibit great examples of body language and tone; the cultural tie-ins are charming and reminds us that love is universal. Great book!
Pam
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would! It is about how a mother will love her child NO MATTER WHAT. A feeling I had (and still do have!) from my mother as a child, and a feeling I try to instill in my daughters now. The illustrations in this book are very good, and I love the word mukluks - ever since I learned it waaaay back in the day, on Sesame Street. Great Book!
Sylvester
3* art
3* story

Not sure if at 2 1/2 Squirt "gets" the story, and I do hope he doesn't run away to live with the wolves now (although he does resemble Mowgli, and I've often compared our parenting style as similar to being raised by wolves, so it might feel quite homey out there in the cave). He's picked out this book several times for me to read to him, so I take that as a sign in it's favour.
Anna Summers
In the book, Mama, Do You Love Me?, a young Inuit girl thinks up pretend scenarios of herself doing something naughty or mischievous and then asks her mom if she would still love her. The little girl’s mother assures her that no matter what, she will always love her. This book holds an important message that all children should hear – no matter what children do (good or bad), parents will always love them. I like how this book’s setting is the Alaskan Arctic. The beautiful illustrations include ...more
Allison Hunt
How far does a mother's love stretch? In this classic picture book by Barbara M. Joosse, we see that there are no limits to the love a mother has for her child. As a little girl tests the limits of her mother's love, by asking her questions like "what if I threw water at our lamp?", the mother always answers saying that she would be upset, but that she would always love her daughter. The setting of this book is the real attention grabber, though. Illustrator Barbara Laveallee brings to live the ...more
Carrie
Mamma, Do You Love Me? is a wonderful story about a little girl testing her mother to find out how far show could go and how much she can push her limits to see if her mamma will still lover her. Her mother through this also discovers that even when she would be angry, sad or scared no matter what she will always love her little girl.

On top of this we the reader are introduce to another cultures history we might not necessarily know much about, through both the words in the story and illustrati
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Erin
This was a happy accident, and I cannot stress enough how much I love this book. It was a case of right book, right time.

I picked this book up based sheerly on the cover and happened to bring it home the same week we brought a new baby into our house. Our 3 year old really latched on and we've been renewing and rereading ever since. The little girl asks her mother a series of questions to figure out how far her mother's love goes. She starts simple enough, with "do you love me?" and "how much?"
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Alexis Jennings (ASU)
This book is about the bond and love between a mother and her daughter. The little girl is constantly asking "What if" questions throughout the book. If she dropped their ptarmigan eggs, put salmon in her parka, or turned into a musk-ox, would Mama still love her? Throughout the book, no matter what the circumstance or what she does, the little girl is reminded that her Mama will still love her, because she is her "Dear One'.

Something interesting about this children's book is the fact that the a
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Audrey
Dec 08, 2014 Audrey added it
Mama do you love me,is a classic book that shows a mothers love has no bounds. Scientific studies have proven that a mothers nurture has helped with success of a child. In this story the young child askss multiple questions and examples of what mishap she could get into and even after would the mother still love her. The mother always replies yes of course.This book takes place in a artic isolated region. The illustrations are right on the money with the depiction of cold and lonely polar climat ...more
Halee
Mama, Do you love me is a heart warming story about a young girl and the love of her mother. The author presents several scenarios of the young daughter doing different things to test the love and loyalty of her mother. The illustrations are amazing and capture the essence of the Inuit culture and Arctic wildlife.

This book have great culture. This was one of my favorite books as a child because my grandparents lived in Alaska and owned several pieces of paraphernalia created by the illustrator.
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Mikayla Sims
This is a wonderful story that brings in the culture of Alaska and the Eskimos that live there. The vocabulary in this book may be hard for younger students because it contains words that they may not be familiar with. This book does a great job of tying in the idea of "Mama do you love me?" which is a universal question that kids may ask to the Alaskan culture. I would say that this book is appropriate for students in 1st grade and higher. Doing a comparison between each child's life and this b ...more
Meg McGregor
This book is one of my favorites and has inspired me since childhood to want to go to Alaska!

I read it over and over to the little ones I watch and they all love it too!

I really love learning new things and the index contains lots of informative text.

Did you know? If an Inuk needs to rest, and he does not have shelter, he takes off his mittens and sits on them.

And ravens play a particularly important part in in Inuit culture beause they believe, that after death, people return as ravens. Hencef
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Barbara
An Inuit seeks and finds reassurance that her mother will love her, no matter what. The rhythmic text features ever more outlandish imaginings of mistakes and wrongdoings while the mother admits that she might be sad or angry, but still, she will love her little one. The lovely watercolor illustrations feature unique cultural elements alongside a strong relationship being built between mother and child. This one deserves its classic status as it seems just as fresh and appealing today as when it ...more
Amy
"Mama, Do you Love Me?" is a picture book that was published in 1998. This personally is one of my favorite books all time and geared towards the N-P age group of children. This story is about a child asking their mother several times about how much does the mother love the child. The mother goes through and explains in many ways how much she loves the child and compares them to other passionate things.

I gave this book a 5 star rating. The illustrations in this book is very well done, and there
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Elizabeth Roe
Grade/interest level: Primary (K-3rd grade)
Reading level: Lexile, AD420L
Genre: Picture Book, Multicultural

Main Characters: The mother and her daughter
Setting: There is no distinct setting and the pictures depict a variety of places
POV: Dialogue between mother and daughter

This book features an Inuit daughter and her mother. The book begins with the daughter asking her mother if she loves her and how much. The mother uses a variety of culturally relevant comparisons to express her love for her dau
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Janna Gifford
Mama, Do You Love Me? By Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee is a picturebook that targets children in the nursery to primary age group. This story is about a little girl who asks her mother if she loves her and her mother tells her how much she loves her with similes. The little girl continues to ask her mother if she loves her is something happens like she turns into a animal or if she runs away but her mother always come back and say that she will still lover her. I rated this fou ...more
Leslie Stair
I used this book with my Baby and Me Music and Art Class

After reading this book, introducing a few ASL signs (snow and cold) and singing our regular and thematic (snowflakes) baby songs I led the babies and caregivers in a fun "snow print" painting. We used white fingerpaint on black construction paper and used dish sponges (the kind with handles) to make snow like patters on the paper. Babies of course also used there hands to paint with but the large sponges helped babies to use their developi
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Diana V.
Characters: Young Eskimo Girl and her Mother
First Person Point of View: Young Eskimo Girl
Setting: Artic Region
Lexile Level: 420L Primary Grade
Genre: Multicultural Literature

Plot: As a whole, “Mama, Do You Love Me?” is a tender story about a young girl who lives in the Artic. The story focuses on her attempts to learn just how much her mother loves her. The storyline is written in question-answer-format. Curiously, the girl repeatedly asks her mother if she loves her, imagining different sce
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Rachel Pederson
One of my favorite books as a child, Mama Do You Love Me? is a perfect book for toddlers and preschoolers. I think its definitely one of those books that children should read with their mother, but not necessarily one teachers should bring into the classroom. With children these days, there are many situations where students don't come from stable homes, and some children do not have mothers that love them. Because of the reoccurring character of the mother in all species lives, bringing up the ...more
Emily Anderson
Mama, Do You Love Me? is about a little girl that questions how much her mother loves her. The daughter gives her mama different scenarios and asks if she would still love her after. Her mother would always replies yes, but include another emotion she would feel. For example, when the little asked her mama if she would still love her if she ran away her mother said yes, but she would also be worried. At the end of the book the mother tells her daughter she will love her forever and always. This ...more
Stephanie Delvecchio
Summary:This exceptional board-book tells a beautiful and timeless story about a daughter's attempt to find the limit of her mother's love. Barbara Lavallee's exquisite illustrations of Alaska, with their exaggeratedly foreshortened perspective and rich tones of violet, blue-gray, and gray-green, tell of an easy declaration ("I love you more than the raven loves his treasure, more than the dog loves his tail, more than the whale loves his spout") that is pushed, and pushed, and ("What if I put s ...more
Shelli Gheen
In Mama, Do You Love Me? (1991), written by Barbara M. Joosse and illustrated by Barbara Lavallee, a little Inuit girl tries to determine just HOW much her mother loves her by setting up all kinds of scenarios. Mama rises to every scenario and proves her love for the little girl. Beautiful story. Beautiful Inuit-style illustrations.

Themes: Love; Inuit culture

Ways to use this book with children:
*Read during a unit on the arctic or while studying Alaska and its native peoples.
*Have students desi
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Linda
My daughter likes her children to call her Mama, so I'm always on the lookout for books with "mama" in them so she can read them to her daughters, one & three. I didn't know about this book, and a companion one titled Papa, Do You Love Me, that I also reviewed. A friend and colleague shared them with me. This, like the other one, is a wonderful story, including many cultural traditions and experiences in Alaska of the Inuit. One answer to the question of 'What if I put salmon in your parka, ...more
Amy Musser
A small Inuit girl asks, “Mama, do you love me?” Her mother answers that she does. But the little girl wants to know how much? How long? What if? Through it all, mama reassures her Dear One that, “Still, I would love you.” All children will occasionally doubt if their parents love them, but this universal story will reassure them that even if they make mistakes, their parents will still love them.

The characters in the book are Inuit and the text and illustrations are filled with cultural referen
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Kelsey Vayens
"Mama, Do You Love Me?" is a children's picture book that describes a conversation with a mother and her daughter. In the book, the daughter questions the mother's love for her only to be told that her mother loves her more than anything in this world. While this book may be a little questionable in the classroom due to the fact that some children may not have a mother, this book can be a good tool in teaching about point of view. In the book, the points of view constantly are changing from the ...more
Natalie Hendry
Every time I babysit this is always the story I read to the kids. It is their favorite story and makes them feel connected to their parents even if they are not here. The story follows a little boy and his mother. The little boy keeps asking ‘mama, do you love me’. Every time she says yes. It takes you through every possibility that the mother could possibility not love him, and even then she still loves him. The family is Eskimos and it talks about all the different animals they would encounter ...more
Lisa Corathers
One of my all-time favorite children's books (I know, I know, I have SO many). In the book, a mother reassures her daughter that no matter what naughtiness the child conjures up, the mother will still love the child (but not the naughtiness). The whole story is set in Alaska with an Inuit theme. Inuit words are integral to the book, which are defined in a glossary along with pronunciations. The Inuit artwork by Barbara Lavallee is so sweet. I discovered the book when I was in Fairbanks, Alaska, ...more
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