Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mommy Whispers

A young mother looks at her newborn daughter, and it’s love at first sight… a love that grows and endures. Jenny Lee Sulpizio’s book Mommy Whispers captures the profoundly rooted connection between mother and daughter with a series of tender memories passed down from one generation to the next.

The story follows a girl from birth to adulthood. During each stage of the child’s life, her mother is there to pray for her, encourage her, and whisper this same refrain: “You are God’s gift to me, forever you will be.”

The bright colors, smiling faces, and whimsical energy of Peg Lozier’s illustrations capture the sentiments perfectly.

What I Like: Mommy Whispers holds the same kind of rich remembrance and parental devotion depicted in Robert Munsch’s bestselling story Love You Forever. It also enfolds in a similar fashion, lovingly providing snapshot images of certain stages of life, from infant to toddler to grade school to dating to marriage and then finally to birth again. I especially appreciated the prayer aspect. Any parent could learn a lesson from the well-crafted prayers Sulpizio weaves into the story.

What I Dislike: It is a little pricey for a paperback. But that shouldn't be a huge deterrent. And... this isn’t really a dislike… but a note. I think the story ---the poignant, fathomless love of a mother for her child… and then that child experiencing the same depth of emotion when she becomes a mother herself—would be better understood and appreciated by the adults reading it. I would likely give this book as a baby shower gift… to the pregnant mother rather than to the expected baby!

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: None listed. It's described as a keepsake book. The snuggle factor might make it appropriate for the preschool through kindergarten crowd.

Publisher Info: Isaac Publishing, 2010; ISBN: 978-1609200138; Paperback (or kindle), 34 pages, $12.95

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