Annotations for What's Special About Me, Mama?


Baker & Taylor
In a rhythmically-written conversation between parent and child, Mama lists her son's many good traits--from physical attributes to behavior--and though he dismisses each quality as just a little thing, Mama explains that there is nothing little about love.

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Baker & Taylor
In a rhythmically-written, sweet conversation between parent and child, Mama lists her son's many good traits--from physical attributes to behavior--and though he dismisses each quality as just a little thing, Mama explains that there is nothing little about love.

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HARPERCOLL
What's special about me, Mama?
So many things, Love.
Like what, Mama?
Like your eyes, Love, and the way they tell amazing stories without any words.
But everyone says I have your eyes. What's special about me?
A boy wonders what exactly makes him unique among everyone else in his family. In rhythmically written, comforting answers, Mama lists his many wonderful traits, both physical attributes and behavior. Her son thinks all of those qualities are just little things, until Mama explains that there is nothing little about love.
What's special about you, Love, is that you are loved more than anybody in the whole wide world--by me!
Tell me again, Mama.

This tender conversation between a parent and child is illustrated with bright and bold collage artwork portraying racial diversity. Together Kristina Evans and Javaka Steptoe have made an affirming book that will stand out among other "I love you" offerings.


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