Sunday, May 11, 2008

Just What Mama Needs

Today is Mother's Day. Maya and I bought Patty a tiller. I know that doesn't sound like much of a Mother's Day gift, but if you were to see the excitement Patty is showing for planting our very first garden, you'd understand. This is just what she needs right now.

A little dog named Abby is really good at perceiving what her mother needs in Just What Mama Needs, by Sharlee Glenn and illustrated by Amiko Hirao.

Abby has a big imagination (and quite a wardrobe). Each day of the week she dresses up as a different character and has adventures. On Monday she's a pirate, Tuesday a detective, Wednesday a cowgirl, and so one.

Luckily, each day Abby is pretending to be just what Mama needs. On Monday she needs help swabbing the deck. Tuesday help locating missing socks and underwear in the laundry room. Wednesday help rounding up the livestock (cats and hamsters).

On Sunday Abby wears her favorite clothes, and Mama has trouble figuring out what Abby is that day. When she does she realizes Abby is what she needs most of all.

So happy Mother's Day to all of you moms out there. I know we talk about dads a lot on here, but today is your day. Maya and I will try to make Patty's day special. I bet yours will be too. God bless all of you.

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