Mama Love by Kathy Mallat.
Walker Publishing Company: NY, 2004.

As you would expect from Kathy Mallat's career as an art teacher, the 2-page spread illustrations of her books are gorgeous. Mama Love is particularly striking, with the soulfulness of the chimpanzees shining through their eyes, meeting the reader eye-to-eye, just as they would in real life.

The text fits the illustrations perfectly. The language is brief, a short poem about the mama caring for her baby. I like that, though spare in words, it is not watered down. Simple, beautiful, absolutely perfect for reading with toddlers, and it will tug at every mama's heart.

I especially like the spread of the tree in shadow with the chimpanzees blending in and the closeup of the chimp kissing Mama.

Mallat used colored pencils on oil pastels to create her story.

related-parent and child, mothers, chimpanzees, love, stories in rhyme
RL=1st-2nd, mostly read aloud to babies and toddlers

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