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On Mother's Lap

by Ann Herbert Scott

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A small Eskimo boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone.

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Good for the littles. Comforting, repetitive, and colorful.
  KeziahWhipple | May 17, 2020 |
Appropriate for ages birth - preK ( )
  Bmc1111 | May 17, 2020 |
On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert


Genre: Fiction
Format:Watercolor/pastel picture book
Theme/topic: Family/ Mother’s affection

Bibliographic Information:

Ann, Herbert Scott. On Mother’s Lap. Illus by Glo Coalson. Clarion Books, 1992, 32, Primary.


Michael and his mother are in their Northern Alaskan home during a winter day rocking back and forth in their rocking chair. Michael brings his mother his Dolly, boat, reindeer blanket, and puppy. When baby wakes Michael is convinced there is not enough room for everyone, but mother shows him that there is always room on her lap. The use of repetitive language, soothing pastel pictures, and simple dialogue brings to life the warmth of a mother’s love and affection.

Literary Elements:

Characters: Michael, Mother, Baby
Plot: Michael brings more and more objects onto his mother’s lap, learning that her love for him and baby is immense.
Setting: Northern/rural Alaska
Style: Informal
Tone: cozy
Theme: Mother’s love, family

Alaska connection:
Alaska Native home
Rural Alaska village

Discuss family and sharing. What are your favorite cozy winter items? Draw a picture of your favorite winter scene with family. ( )
  Tori_Best | Feb 3, 2020 |
Beginning on the title page, the pastel illustrations tell the story of a young boy in the Arctic trying to put his most prized possessions on his mother’s lap. In a simple, patient, child centered viewpoint the boy learns that there is always enough room.
  Cpeck1005 | Jan 30, 2020 |
This is a great book for a child who is having a new sibling brought into the family. It allows the child to see how their mother will still have room for them and their sibling in their lives.

Ages 2-5
Pierce College Library
  Mercedesrose | Jun 5, 2019 |
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Michael was sitting on his mother's lap.
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