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Elmo's Mommy (Sesame Street) (Sesame Street Board Books)

by Naomi Kleinberg

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Elmo's Mommy always does such nice things for him that he wants to get something really special for her on Mother's Day. But what could that possibly be? His pals on Sesame Street try to help him out.

This is a cute and short book - perfect for the limited attention spans of toddlers and young preschoolers - to use in a discussion of Mother's Day. It includes very specific examples of some ways that Elmo's mother cares for him (and by extension, displays of affections shown by the mothers of the readers/listeners) and ideas for how to recognize and appreciate that love via gifts.

The major down side of this book is that it is told entirely in dialogue. That isn't a problem in itself, but it's sometimes a little unclear which talk bubble should be read first when there are four or five on a given page. It's not always strictly a left and then right or clockwise pattern so it's probably best if the adult reader looks at the book on their own before reading it aloud to their audience to ensure that they read it in the correct order. I would also not recommend that beginning readers tackle this book on their own because they're likely to become confused and/or frustrated due to this problem.

The illustrations are pretty basic with few details outside of the Sesame Street cast of characters. The back cover boasts of "fuzzy flocking on every spread" but this is limited to Elmo alone. It's a nice addition to have a texturized Elmo, but with only one texture and that one only on a single character, it's not really that much of an appeal. My young toddler class hardly even noticed this feature whereas usually they are super excited to physically examine every page on a touch-and-feel book.

Still, despite its drawbacks, my toddler class was thrilled as always to see an Elmo book in the classroom and listened with interest to the text. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | May 24, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307929671, Board book)

Mother's Day is right around the corner and Elmo is trying to find a super-special gift for a super-special mom. Should it be candy? Flowers? A scarf? A book? Nothing seems quite special enough for a mommy who does so many nice things for her little one. In the end, Elmo learns that what counts as a 'gift' can be defined in different—and surprising—ways.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:39:20 -0500)

Mother's Day is right around the corner and Elmo is trying to find a super-special gift for a super-special mom. Should it be candy? Flowers? A scarf? A book? Nothing seems quite super enough for a mommy who does so many nice things for her little one. In the end, Elmo learns that 'gift' can be defined in different--and surprising--ways.… (more)

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