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Mama, Do You Love Me?

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  7,076 ratings  ·  338 reviews
Mama, do you love me? Yes I do, Dear One. How much?
In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent's love is unconditional and everlasting. The lyrical text introduces young readers to a distinctively different culture, while at the same time showing that the special love that exists between parent and child trans
Board Book, 24 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Amber No. The child asks about what if she were to do all sorts of surprising and naughty things but the mama says things like, "Then I would be angry but I…moreNo. The child asks about what if she were to do all sorts of surprising and naughty things but the mama says things like, "Then I would be angry but I would still love you."
Sarah Rabin Spira yes, very much. And she lets her know--because the child is asking and testing--that she will love her even if the child makes a mistake or is intenti…moreyes, very much. And she lets her know--because the child is asking and testing--that she will love her even if the child makes a mistake or is intentionally naughty. She will set expectations for behavior but never set limits on her love.(less)

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Jon Nakapalau
Wonderful book about how much mama loves you - beautiful art.
I bought this book after first encountering it at the library, where I worked when I was an undergrad student. The narrative is gorgeous and playful; I've read it to children in library storytimes and to my own children.

It is problematic though. The author is not Indigenous. The illustrator is not only not Indigenous but taught at a residential school (she calls it a boarding school, as white settlers complicit in cultural genocide do.)

I am torn. The publisher clearly knew the identities of the
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is one of my favorite parent/child stories for children ever. It speaks of a child testing the limits of childhood, making mistakes, not listening, etc. and the parent explaining/verbalizing that although they are disappointed some times or angry that it doesn't mean they no longer love the child. Other big pluses were the Inuit viewpoint and a female protagonist. ...more
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Bridgette Redman
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nita Enyeart
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely love reading this book to my girls. Learning about other people is so important to us as a family.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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!
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.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddo-books
My mom used to read me this book when I was little. The artwork is very memorable. Very cute!

We didn't actually make it through this book, but I was curious, so I went back and read it through later.

It seems that both the author and illustrator are white.

The dedication page includes, "The editor, author, and illustrator would also like to thank C.E.W. Graham of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal for his patient and gracious assistance in checking this manuscript for accuracy in its portrayal of the Inuit culture." But I'm not sure if Graham is Inuit or is ju
Rep: Alaskan Inuit characters

I read this because it’s Valentine’s Day and wanted to read something about love, maternal love in this case. The illustrations were good, and it was sweet. I recall reading it when I was younger.
Kaitlyn (ktxx22) Walker
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bed-time-stories
I know this one is a classic and beloved children’s book but although I enjoyed this I found some of the words very difficult to pronounce and will need to look them up for future readings. I will say that I did enjoy the glossary in the back with descriptions of all the indigenous vocabulary!
I just discovered Chronicle Kids is willing to have us do pretty open online sharing, so yay Chronicle Books, and here I come to buy a whole bunch!
King Ma
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so sweet.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I found myself smiling as I read this book because of the many questions that the child is asking the mother. It reminded me of children at a certain age because they are always, always asking questions about everything, and they are also always making stuff up, just like the child in the story was doing. I liked the fact that the story was also about Eskimos because it made it feel warm and went with the story about love well. The author also used many words that are native in the Eskimo langua ...more
Melissa Ailey
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a great multicultural book for young readers in elementary school. Some of the culturally specific words may be confusing for young readers, so this is a good book for a parent to read to their child or a teacher to read to the class. It could work great when learning about different cultures and what they are like. The pictures are colorful and detailed and stay true to what the book is talking about on that page. I like that it is a board book so it is sturdy and easy to hold for young ...more
Amanda L
I very much appreciate it as a means to some valuable education about the Inuit, and this definitely takes it out of the realm of ordinary children's books, but there just isn't any storyline. I find it hard to understand why there is no hurdle labeled DO I ACTUALLY HAVE A STORY HERE? for children's books to publish.

Though it does boast unique and beautiful illustrations and packs a lot of sweet sentiment. Still, "just ok" (as the two-star rating goes).
Feb 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I liked how this book introduced parts of the Inuit culture. It was a cute "I love you" book that not only discussed how much the parent loved the child, but on what terms. I liked how the mother explain that she could be mad or sad, but still love the child just as much. Cool illustrations. ...more
Nice introduction to a new culture. Hard to read for my ELL daughter, though. She did enjoy the theme of "mama, do you love me?" As she's been home less than a year, she still seeks reassurance that she is truly loved. ...more
Rachel Aranda
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
My mom used to read this book to me a lot as a kid. she wanted me to learn about other cultures (in this case the Inuit people) and know that she'd love me no matter what I did in life. As I've gotten older I appreciate and am glad that she read it to me so many times. ...more
Kim Bogren Owen
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As toddlers are apt to do, a young girl explores her independence and tests to see if her mother’s love has any boundaries. Set in Alaska, there are references to the animals and life in the Artic. Children and their parents will relate to the questioning toddler and a parent’s unconditional love.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book! It is a beautiful read and great conversation story on the ways you can show love to everyone in your life.
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very sweet book and the great illustration.
Brenda Hetland
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mama, Do You Love Me? is a wonderful book to read if you have a child that tends to misbehave. This book is about two Eskimo's: a mother and a daughter. The daughter proposes several ridiculous scenarios in which she misbehaves or does something bad in order to find out if her mother will still love her if she is bad. She learns a lesson from her mother about love and family.
The illustrations are completely dazzling. The initial impression that I had with this book was the smooth and vibrant sty
Diane Tran
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads Review #5:

Summary: The story focuses on a little girl attempts to learn just how much her mother loves her and seeks reassurance that Mama will always love her no matter what she does. The girl repeatedly asks her mother if she loves her, imagining different scenarios to test her mother’s love. The mother explains that she may become upset, worried, frustrated, or angry, but that she would still love her daughter. At the end of the book, the mother tells her daughter that she will lov
Emily Ray
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This book is a bit complicated for me. I grew up with it, it’s got beautiful illustrations and a positive message about the strength of a parent’s love; however, it was written and illustrated by two white women who have a known history of well-intentioned but harmful white saviorism. This text, in addition to their other works, does not give an adequate representation of the Inuit language and culture it supposedly seeks to represent (read some of the other reviews for the receipts). Additional ...more
Bre Scott
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Picture Story Book, Mother’s Love, Arctic, Alaska Animals

Joosse, Barbara M. Mama Do You Love Me? Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee. CA: Chronicle Books, 1991. Unp. Primary

In the Arctic, a daughter continuously asks her mother if she loves her, to which the mother replies yes and how much she loves her, how long she will love her, and how her love for her daughter is infinite. Throughout the book, the amazing colorful illustrations portray the different Alaskan animals like the puffin, wolf, and mu
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