Saturday, April 21, 2018

Kid Konnection: Mama's Belly

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a precious picture book that's a perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day!

Summary: As a curious little girl awaits the arrival of her baby sister, she asks Mama many questions: “Will she have freckles?” “Will I have to share my blanket?” She helps Mama and Dad prepare to meet her little sister, singing her songs and knitting her a new blanket. But the most important part of getting ready is taking care of Mama. When Mama can’t see her toes, she counts to make sure there’s still ten. When Mama’s tired, she draws her a picture and gives her hugs. An honest and gentle exploration of the excitement and anxiety kids feel when welcoming a new family member, Mama’s Belly is ultimately a celebration of motherly (and daughterly) love and a soothing story for older siblings that even with the spotlight on a new baby, there is always enough love for everyone. -- Abrams

MAMA'S BELLY by Kate Hosford with pictures by Abigail Halpin is a beautiful picture book. It's a touching tribute to a mother/child relationship as they both eagerly await the birth of a new baby. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the upcoming Mother's Day holiday that with this special book!

MAMA'S BELLY tells the story of a little girl who can't wait to meet her little sister. She has so many questions about the baby, yet she also is quite the little helper when it comes to getting ready. She listens to her mama's belly for some clue about when the baby will be arriving, and she sings songs to to her sister so she will get to know her voice. She also plans on how she will take care of her -- it's all very sweet!

Soon, I will look right into my sister's eyes and say, 
"Welcome to the world. I'm here to love you."

As eager as this little girl is to meet her new sister, she also takes the time to help her mother. She  helps her mom count her toes, she makes pictures for her mom to enjoy, and she even understands that her mom is super-tired. But most importantly, she realizes that her mom will always love her.

"When my sister comes will you have enough love for both of us?" I ask.
"More than all the stars in the sky," Mama says.

I loved MAMA'S BELLY. It's a beautifully written and illustrated picture book with a heartwarming (and comforting) message. It explores the concerns little ones have when they have a sibling on the way, and it reinforces that a mom will always have enough love for each of her children. It truly is a special picture book!

Thanks to Blue Slip Media for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

What a wonderful book for kids expecting a new sibling!