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Just Like a Mama: 01/18/20

Just Like a Mama

Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan and Charnelle Pinkney Barlow is a picture book about a little girl living with a woman who isn't her mother because her parents "live miles away." The reason why isn't given and isn't necessary. This story is about the bond between Carol Olivia Clementine and Mama Rose.

Mama Rose does all the things a parent would. She teaches Carol who to ride a bike. She combs her hair. She gets her into her winter gear. They do chores together. She sees her off to school.

Per the note from the author, the book was written in response to all those "fictive kin" families. These are families with an older sibling or a grandparent or an aunt or uncle or some other adult taking the responsibility to care for children when the parents can't. The author explains who her own mother had to raise her younger sister after their mother died.

The illustrations are vibrant watercolors by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. She specializes in patterns and they are here in the clothing, the wrapping paper, and the linens. She fills the world of Carol and Rose with bright primary colors, reflecting the joy the two are building together.

Five stars

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