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Mama and Me

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"Vámanos," Mamá says.
"Let's go!"
Together we garden and bake.
We bike and paint a mural,
colorful and bright.
I do some things sola,
all by myself.
Mamá says, "¡Perfecto!"—
just perfect!
With Mamá, I feel like a girasol,
a sunflower, tall and proud.

For a bilingual girl and her mamá, a loving bond is about being together . . . and independent. Arthur Dorros's skillful and subtl
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Rayo (first published March 1st 2011)
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Beautiful illustrations, a lot of wonderful intimate moments between mother and daughter, and visit from family! Plus, Spanish words are intermingled with the story, repeated in English for those who don't know Spanish. I do like the bonding between mother and daughter here; however, when you juxtapose this book with Papá and Me, you can see that the boy does all the active things and the girl does the writing and painting and clothes. So the gender dichotomy could use some work, but it's a star ...more
Ana Ramirez
Apr 20, 2016 Ana Ramirez rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This is a book that discusses the daily life experiences a mother and a daughter might have. It is interesting that the author made the characters Latinas and they do things outside of the traditional stereotypes. Not only do they bake, but they also bike ride, paint and enjoy nature. The book has some phrases that are in English and Spanish, these are usually repeated throughout the book, like, “sola” meaning alone. By this, the character is showing she can be independent. At the end of the boo ...more
Natalia Ruiz
Apr 09, 2016 Natalia Ruiz rated it really liked it
This picture book focused on some of the adventures of a mother and her daughter. The picture book had so many colors and was beautifully filled with bright images. The mother and daughter are represented in such a way that you can take your eyes off them and look at all the detail that surrounds them. I did like that picture book stayed away from stereotypical things that a Latina mother and daughter would do together. In the book you can find the mother and daughter baking cookies, planting, r ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Linden rated it liked it
Mama and Me by Arthur Dorros is a wonderful Latino Children's Literature book. This story is about a mother and a daughters day together. While Mother does her daily activities, her daughter wants to help with every task that she can. However, daughter also has a surprise she is working on for her mother. At the end of the story, mother, daughter and their family gather together to celebrate Mother's Day for mother. Daughter surprises her with her gift and mother is so happy. This first thing I ...more
Explosive colors and intricate drawings make this story a delight to read, as you linger over each page. A young Hispanic girl and her mother spend time together, leading up to a surprise gift for the mother on her special day. Other family members and friends come into the story, but no mention of the girl’s father or grandparents attending the special day. As the girl and her mother go to the store, paint their home, and make cookies, a few choice Spanish phrases are interspersed within the di ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing

Book type; Predictable and multicultural
This book is about a bilingual girl and her mother and the loving and bond they share .The colors that the artist uses are very relevant to the story. The characters visit the local garden, then they take a bike ride to the market and lastly they visit the paint store to buy paint for the little girl’s room. All the pages have many images painted wildly and with lots of yellow, in addition the pictures have very rustic look .The book is an easy read and i
Apr 19, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Gorgeous, vibrant illustrations and a lot of opportunity to use for inferencing work for young readers. The use of the Spanish words is at first a little bit over translated, but as the book continues, the direct use of translations lessens and becomes more natural.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The story about the little girl and her mother - though not especially unique - is well constructed offers a twist on others in this category. One that I will definitely find once it is published.
Mamá and me garden, bake, and go to the market. Mamá asks "te ayudo?" do you want help? And I say I can do it "sola, sola". I feel like a girasol (sunflower) tall and proud. Very fun book, especially in celebration of Mother's Day.
Apr 20, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
A nice shared day, unique illustrations. Mother's Day. Includes Spanish words.
Sep 18, 2012 Cristina rated it really liked it
The book is a 3; the illustrations are a 4
Sep 04, 2013 Mckinley rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite, picture, family
English with Spanish words.
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