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Mama Zooms (edition 1995)

by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

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Title:Mama Zooms
Authors:Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Info:Scholastic (1995), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:Family, Fiction, Disabilities

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The best thing about this book is that it's just a great story about a mother and a son sharing time together. Everyone can enjoy it, whether or not they use a wheelchair or know someone with a disability. The art is so joyful, lovely, and evocative of the child's imagination. And it's based on a real family! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
"Mama Zooms" is the story of a little boy who enjoys riding around with his mom in her wheelchair. The little boy refers to the wheelchair and the "zooming machine." Throughout the story, we read about the different things the boy imagines as he is riding around with his mom in her wheelchair. He imagines he is riding a racehorse zooming across the lawn, they zoom across a bridge as if he was in an airplane, they zoom across the boardwalk and she's the wave. This little boy makes the best of the situation he is in and loves riding around with his mom. I'm sure the mom feels so blessed to have a child that uses her disability as a way to grow closer together and bond together. I loved the author's note at the end. Jane Cowen-Fletcher wrote this book inspired by her sister, Paula, who was a wheelchair mom. I think Paula was very appreciative of her sister writing her first book about her and her disability. ( )
  lcrosby | Mar 16, 2016 |
Mama Zooms is the story of a boy who enjoys riding around with his mother in her wheelchair. The boy imagines the wheelchair being different things like a racehorse when they zoom across the lawn, a ship at sea when they zoom through a puddle, a race car when they zoom down a sidewalk, an airplane when they zoom across a bridge, a train when they zoom through a dark hall, a buckboard wagon when they zoom over a bumpy road, and a wave when they zoom across the boardwalk. The boy says his mother’s arms are very strong from zooming everywhere. When they come to steep hills, the boy and his father push the mother’s wheelchair up. When it’s bedtime, the mother becomes just the boy’s mother and that is how he likes her best. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Mar 14, 2016 |
MAMA ZOOMS by Jane Cowen-Fletcher is a beautifully imaginative story about a son and his mother who is in a wheelchair. In the story, the boy fully embraces his mother's handicap, seeing her wheelchair as a "zooming machine"; it's a race car, a space ship, a train, a wagon, and even a wave for him to surf on. The boy's mother plays along with his imagination as they ride along together. I really enjoyed this story and I think it would be a great one to have in the classroom, especially if there are students with physical handicaps. The illustrations were simple and colorful and the text provides an easy read for young students. I would use this book as a way to discuss disabilities with students. After reading the book out loud, I would have students choose their favorite scene from the book and illustrate it (either with crayons, markers, paint, etc.). Then they could display they artwork and share with the class what they made and retell the scene from the story. If there is a student in the class with a similar disability, I would invite them to talk about it with the class, but only if they feel comfortable. ( )
  mmiller28 | Nov 21, 2015 |
Summary:
A little boy has a parent who is bound to a wheelchair, but that does not stop them from having all of the fun in the world.

Personal Reaction:
It shows kids that each parent is different, but that does not mean they love a child any less and they can still play and have fun.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1) Have each student share facts about their parents, then compare the differences and talk about the positives.
2) Have a discussion on disabilities and talk about how it could not be a negative thing. ( )
  SarahMoore | Mar 25, 2015 |
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A small boy, with the aid of his energetic mother, her wheelchair ""zooming machine,"" and a bit of imagination, pretends that he is on a train, a spaceship, and more. Reprint. PW. SLJ.

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A boy's wonderful mama takes him zooming everywhere with her, because her wheelchair is a zooming machine.

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