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If Mom Had Three Arms

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
“I only have two arms!” Every mother has said it sometime, and every kid has heard it. But a young boy wonders: what would happen if Mom really had more…many more? Children looking at this inventive and amusingly illustrated picture book will happily join in the fantasy.  If Mommy had many arms, what could she do? Just imagine! She’d be Supermom, with three arms juggling ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Sterling (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kyra Christiansen
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book is great for kindergarteners learning how to count. You can get the students involved by having them count all of the arms on the mom or have them find the hidden numbers on the pages. Some students can also relate to the love between a child and his/her mom.
A child hypothesizes about the fantastical and mundane things their mother could do, if only she had 3 (then 4, then 5, etc) arms.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
uld put on a show/If mom has four arms, she’d make cars stop and go.” The meter varies (11, 12, or once, 13 syllables) both from couplet to couplet and even within some pairings, making for a perceptible imbalance when reading aloud. The text is ambiguous enough for the pictures and words to tell the story together, and for the artist to have had plenty of creative license with the images. “With seventeen arms, Mom could color the sky” is a particularly poetic line, illustrated with seventeen ki ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading If mom had three arms. It is a very silly book with rhyming the whole way through! There is also counting in the book which is good for the classroom. I would use this book for a rainy day activity. The illustrations are incredibile, bright and detailed. very good for younger children to keep their attention to the book!

Extension- After reading the book, have discussion with children about different things they would do if they had three arms. After the discussion, re- r
Jul 17, 2016 added it
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If mom had three arms? How cool would that be? This book is a counting book. Son asks his mom if she could carry his backpack. Mom tells him she only has two arms. He then counts on if mom had three arms... four arms... five arms.. All the way up to twenty arms. How would it be like to have a mom with twenty arms? This book is a silly book that could relate to a younger reader when they ask their moms to do a lot for them. This book also helps its reader count to a silly story.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy who asks his mom to hold something and she says she only has 2 arms, as I often say. The boy starts to imagine what would happen if she had 3 arms, 4 arms, 5 arms, etc. In the end the mom only has 2 arms, but that is enough to hug him. The story is told by the boy so it has a voice and it could be used to teach counting as well.
Jessica Bennett
Wow! There are many ways you could use this book in the classroom. It is a rhyming book about a boy who imagines things his mom could do with 3+ arms! It would be great to show kids an example of what they can do they use their imagination! It also uses counting because with every page the mom has one more arm. Also, this book is just funny! The kids would love it!
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhyming-shelf
This book has great rhyming words and also involves counting to twenty. It would be appropriate for young students and maybe the students could continue the arms as a comprehension activity and create words that rhyme with the book!
This is a simple counting style book about a mother as a boy imagines what she'd be like with extra arms. The extra appendages aside, it's a good book to read around Mother's Day with a younger audience. It's fast and simple, always a good thing.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Mom doesn't need any more than two hands, because those are for hugging
Noel Echols
Mar 13, 2012 added it
Shelves: math, ece-3601
used in a lower grade to help develop number sense
Tracy Morton
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A funny fantasy about what mom could do if she had three arms. I would say that this is best for 4+.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddos, mia
Our daughters Favorite book to pick... maybe because she hears Mom say "I only have 2 arms!" so often?! Great for Counting as well.
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Cute story of what ifs, but a great counting book for young children.
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