Mama, Do You Love Me?

Publisher: 
Chronicle Books
Illustrator: 
Barbara Lavallee
ISBN: 
087701759X
Publication Date: 
1991
List Price: 
$14.95
Format: 
hardcover
Short Review: 
Testing the boundaries of her mother’s love, a young Inuit girl is full of questions - and she receives answers that assure her that no matter what happens, her mother will always love her.
Long Review: 

Testing the boundaries of her mother’s love, a young Inuit girl is full of questions for her mother – Do you love me? How much? How long? What if I accidentally broke our ptarmigan eggs? What if I ran away? The little girl receives answers that assure her that there are no boundaries, that no matter what happens, her mother will always love her. The story and illustrations are filled with geographic and cultural details of Inuit life – when the girl asks “How long will you love me?”, the mother replies “I’ll love you until the umiak flies into the darkness, till the stars turn to fish in the sky, and the puffin howls at the moon.” When she asks “What if I turned into a polar bear, and I was the meanest bear you ever saw and I had sharp, shiny teeth, and I chased you into your tent and you cried?”, her mother replies “Then I would be very surprised and very scared. But still, inside the bear, you would be you, and I would love you.” Though the everyday details of this mother and child’s life may be new and unfamiliar to young listeners, the loving relationship and the little girl’s need for reassurance will resonate with all young children. This is a charming testament to the universality of a mother’s unconditional love. The story is followed by an informative glossary of terms as they relate to Inuit culture. Also available as a board book, and in a 10th Anniversary commemorative edition that includes poster of mother and child.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
4

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Authors: 
Barbara M Joosse