Love you, Mum by Karen Hull

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Lothian Children's Books, 2014. ISBN 9780734414441.
(Age: Pre-school - 5). A small book, perfect for the hands of small children, Love you, Mum celebrates the love of a young animal or bird for its mother. It is written with the second and fourth lines rhyming and this makes for an interesting read aloud:
'I love you in the morning.
Wake up, sleepyhead.
I love you at breakfast.
Time to get you fed.'
The vibrant illustrations of Australian animals show everyday occurrences between mother and child, like having breakfast, catching a nap and asking for just one more story and beautifully portray the love that exists between each pair. It also illustrates some of the characteristics of Australian birds and animals, for example the baby koala clinging to its mother's back, and dingoes howling in the desert and provides the opportunity for young children to learn about them, while rejoicing in a mother's love.
This story is ideal to use for Mother's Day and could be used to reinforce the fact that love can be shown through normal times for human mothers and children.
Pat Pledger