A little boy takes great delight as he sits on his mother's zooming machine--her lap--in her wheelchair, and she becomes a train, a buckboard wagon, a spaceship, and other machines, in a story that addresses the issue of a handicapped parent.
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Karen Pandell has written several award-winning books for children, including I LOVE YOU SUN, I LOVE YOU MOON, illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Of I LOVE YOU BABY, FROM HEAD TO TOE!, her first book with Candlewick Press, she says, "I wanted to create a safe and warm universe of two - for baby and someone in baby's world, whether it be a parent, grandparent, godparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, or family friend"" She lives with her husband and their dachshund.
Jane Cowen-Fletcher is the author-illustrator of the beloved BABY ANGELS and FARMER WILL. Before turning her attention to children's books, she served for two years in the Peace Corps in West Africa and then worked for several years as a graphic artist and freelance illustrator. She lives with her husband and two children.
PreSchool-Grade 2-- It's natural for a young boy to think his mother is omnipotent. Add to that the fact that she's wheelchair mobile and the pair have some wonderful adventures. On his mother's lap, the narrator imagines himself a jockey, a sea captain, a racing-car driver, a pilot, a train engineer, and an astronaut. Anchoring these exploits and tying them to reality is his father, who puts the child on his mother's lap in the morning and pushes her up the "very steepest hills." Rather than being a fully fleshed-out story, the poetic text describes the action in the full-page drawings done in pastel and colored pencils. "Mama zooms me through a puddle and she's my ship at sea. Mama zooms me across a bridge and she's my airplane." The pictures feature an attractive woman, her costumed son, and her manually operated vehicle. Some are closeups, while others show an entire scene. Children will tune in to the fantasy and enjoy the speed and energy captured in the artwork. The large type and simple sentence structure are appropriate for beginning readers. Best of all, this understated book presents a positive image of a physically challenged individual. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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