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Mama is a Miner

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Author and artist researched this book together in a coal mine in Harlan County, Kentucky. Like Mamma, they rode the mantrip and hiked to the working face, climbing through windows from passage to passage and experiencing the loss of light. Full-color paintings.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 7th 1994 by Orchard Books (NY)
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Morgan Courtney
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mama is a miner really pulls at my heartstrings. This book was dedicated to the authors mother. Throughout the book, through the illustrations I could feel how the author felt. The facial expressions on the little girl said enough when they were on just one page. The illustrator did a great job of creating an imaginable, real story.
I really enjoyed how the author connected the mothers jobs together as one. Throughout the story there were pages that included metaphors connecting the moms job as a
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty illustrations, and a nice look at the mining profession, especially since it was the mother who was the miner.
I didn't understand the purpose of the song on the opposing pages. The rest of it I liked.
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lis565
Category: Picture Book, Realistic
Audience: Ages 4-8
Brief Description: The story of a mother who must work in the mines in order to care for her family.

Although this is considered a children's book, I think it is really meant more for adults who are miners. There is some comparison that happens on the page between what goes on in the mine and what is going on at home at the same time. However, when describing what is going on at home, it is done so in poetic form which is more poetic than meaning
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
MAMA IS A MINER is a realistic picture story book written by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Peter Catalanotto. It is a hard story of a family mother that works as a miner and it is shown how is her daughters perspective of her work at the mines and at home.

The text it is so nice, when it is related the time in the mines, it is written in a normal way; but the time at home is written poetically. So these became the book more interesting, but at the same time a bit difficult to understand it
Jonathan Bodine
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mama is a Miner is a cultural gem (no pun intended). It connects the graceful family life to the grueling mine life as the pages switch from “mama” being in the mine to “mama’ being at home with her family. This is the reality for miners everywhere today, yesterday, and the days before and it is a reality that a lot kids have not come to truly know. It serves as a poem that can run through a culture of people that depend on the mines for life, mines that a lot of times take life away. The illust ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I liked this book for its unusual subject. Pictures of mama working in the mine at her various jobs were interspersed with wordless spreads of her taking care of her family at home. Made me wonder what the father does for a living. A nice example of women in non-traditional roles.
Cordellya Smith
This is a beautifully written story about a woman who goes to work in the mines to take care of her family. The juxtaposition between her life in the mine and her life at home with her family is wonderful. This is a work of art.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story really is a story with layers and in many ways there is so much beneath the surface. Great for a society and issues conversation, along with roles and breaking through those roles...along with roles that are still there.
Erma Talamante
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-s
A good story of a miner's family, from the perspective of mother and daughter. Some jobs are difficult, and others are hard, but being a miner is both. A lighthearted view of a dangerous job, yet frank and honest of the dangers, this book is best for a grade-school audience.
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The artistry in her writing is fabulous. Illustrations match the text for quality.
Shelly Koressel
This is a good book to demostrate that sometimes women work and have a nontraditional job. Good for when having a lesson on different jobs we might have. Good for 1st up to 3rd grade.
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George Ella Lyon is a Kentucky author who has published in many genres, including picture books, poetry, juvenile novels, and articles.
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