“Cute illustrations, relatable emotions, and a distracting mix of fact and fiction”
Beginning in the animal kingdom, readers are introduced to a series of mother/baby pairs including hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, tigers, koalas, and more before wrapping up with a human child and mother in a loving hug. While at a first glance this could be read as simply a projection of human emotions on animals, Cabrera’s display of how animal babies are carried by their mothers includes an interesting mix of less accurate (monkeys, hippos, and beavers) and more accurate (everything else, including some many readers may not be familiar with—such as crocodiles carrying their babies in their mouths) representations of animal behavior, which is both distracting and disappointing. In this simple board book about babies and their seemingly universal desire to be carried by their mothers—likely quite relatable to those reading the book—Cabrera’s signature illustration style is the star of the show . Playful and sweet, it portrays each mother/baby pair as loving and manages to almost make a spider family look cuddly. The addition of the introduction to different body parts (feet, teeth, tummy, etc.) is a fun and unexpected perk!
From tiny ‘roos to penguin chicks - and humans too! - babies love to be picked up.
Animal mothers of all kinds carry their babies in different ways. Mommy Hippo’s baby is on her back. Mommy Lemur’s baby is on her tummy. Mommy Monkey’s baby is on her tail. And Human Mommy’s baby is in her arms. With vibrantly-colored illustrations, this simple tale is a warm celebration of motherhood in its many forms.
Jane Cabrera’s picture books have received worldwide attention and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards. Her unique style has made her books a must-have for parents, teachers, and librarians for over a decade.
A simple tribute to mothers carrying babies illustrated with cute, broad brush strokes.
Jane Cabrera is a much-loved children’s illustrator and author. Her first book, Cat’s Colours, was published in 1997 and since then her work has won worldwide recognition, being translated into over 25 languages. She lives in Devon with her two children and lots of pets!