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Adaptogenia by Wayne Wightman personal collection
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell library book
The Cat Barked? by Lydia Monks library book
Cat Skidoo by Bethany Roberts and RW Alley personal collection
City Above the Sea by Stephen Alan Saft review copy
City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer library book
Corona Centurion™ by Terry Bisson personal collection
Economancer by Carolyn Ives Gilman personal collection
A Field Guide to Monsters by Johan Olander library book
Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat bookcrossing
Grimm's Grimmest by Tracy Arah Dockray bookcrossing
Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup personal collection
Handy Farm Devices and How to Make Them by Rolfe Cobleigh bookcrossing
Harriet's Recital by Nancy Carlton personal collection
I Feel Skitty by Tracey West personal collection
Kin by Holly Black review copy
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh bookcrossing
Mama, Don't Go by Rebecca Wells library book
No, Never! by Sally O. Lee review copy
Oh, the Things I Know! by Al Franken bookcrossing
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper library book
Paradiso Lost by Albert E. Cowdrey personal collection
Project Anastrophe by George Karnikis review copy
The Publishing Game: Publish a Book in 30 Days by Fern Reiss bookcrossing
The Shipwreck of a Nation by H Peter Nennhaus review copy
Skim by Mariko Tamaki review copy
Sooner or Later or Never Never by Gary Jennings personal collection
Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss bookcrossing
The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield bookcrossing
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee bookcrossing
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon library book
Yoko Writes Her Name by Rebecca Wells library book



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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Mama, Don't Go!

Mama, Don't Go!Mama, Don't Go! 08/05/09

Mama, Don't Go! by Rosemary Wells is the first in the Yoko and Friends School Days series. It's Yoko's first day of preschool and she's mortified. She wants to play with the other kids but she doesn't want her mother to leave. Mama, with the patience of a saint, agrees to stay with Yoko at school not one but through three days of school!

The story is about separation anxiety and the fears that some young children might have about going to school. Yoko's biggest fear is that her mother won't come back. As the older kids tell her, "after awhile, you have ask them to stay home." (p. 16) Yoko does eventually learn the importance of going to school and giving her mother some free time.

I picked up this book for two reasons. First and foremost were the illustrations. Yoko and her mother are cats and Harriet adores books about cats. The second reason is that Harriet sometimes goes through crying jags at school and she certainly sees the new kids to her school crying when their parents leave. It therefore covers a topic that is relevant to her.

Other books in the series include:

  • The School Play
  • Halloween Play
  • Be My Valentine
  • Doris's Dinosaur
  • The Germ Busters
  • Bubble-Gum Radar
  • The Secret Birthday
  • Make New Friends
  • When I Grow Up
  • Read Me a Story Practice Makes Perfect
  • Yoko Writes Her Name

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Comment #1: Thursday, August, 6, 2009 at 14:55:14

booklogged

I love that books teach us ways of coping and teach our children, too.



Comment #2: Monday, August 10, 2009 at 22:39:52

Pussreboots

Since posting my review of Mama, Dont' Go I've read two more books from the series with my kids: Yoko Writes Her Name and Yoko's Paper Cranes (review coming soon). On the strength of these three I recommend the whole series. I don't think you can go wrong with them.