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Apr 17 2019

There's only one mum like you by Jess Racklyeft

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Affirm Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781925712902.
I love your quiet stories,
songs sung loud in the rain.
No one can hug like you, Mum
or makes me feel the same.

Brave mums, playful mums, cuddly mums, quiet mums - every mum is special in her own way and author/illustrator Jess Racklyeft celebrates the many things that mums do to make their child's life better in this ode to mothers that has been released just in time for Mothers Day.
But rather than a twee platitude of a kind that we see too much of, Racklyeft has illustrated this with watercolours of a host of different mums from the animal kingdom, showing that motherhood is not just the realm of humans and that in their way, mums are critical in a child's development well beyond birth.
For those who are focusing on Mothers Day and may be treading warily in acknowledgement of those students without mums, this is an innovative approach that offers something a little different.
Barbara Braxton

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