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On Mother's Lap: 03/05/17
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott and illustrated by Glo Coalson is a quiet story about a young child and their patient mother. They want to be rocked before bed and Mama is willing to rock them.
But anyone who has rocked a young child, knows how complicated a process it can be. This little one wants to bring along a favorite toy, a favorite blanket, a favorite plushy, etc. etc. Mama, always smiles and always manages to make room.
The original illustrations make this book extra special. The mother and child are clearly inspired by the illustrator's year in Kotzbue, Alaska. There is nothing in the text that makes the mother and child specifically one culture or another. They could be any mother and child and therefore every mother and child. It's nice to see representation when representation isn't the point.