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by Lesléa Newman,Julia Gorton
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Growing Up & Facts of Life
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    Lesléa Newman,Julia Gorton
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    Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
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    32 pages
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    Growing Up & Facts of Life
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Just Like Mama is a beautiful testament to the love between mother and daughter, and especially how, in a child’s eyes, a mother does everything perfectly, from cooking to playing to simply loving. There are some things that no one can do as well as a mom. “With a pile of pancakes shaped like moons, and cocoa with a cloud of cream, no one can cook breakfast just like Mama.” Nor garden, host tea parties, cook supper, or tuck her child into bed. No one does it just like Mama can. And in the end, nobody loves Mama just like her little girl does.

Leslea Newman. (2010). Just Like Mama. Illus. Julia Gorton. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780810983939

Genre: Picture Book/ Realistic fiction

Social Issues: Gender roles & SES inclusivity

In Just Like Mama, author Leslea Newman writes about the relationship between a daughter and her mother. Newman carries the reader through a day of activities between these two characters, starting with a morning hug and apple pancakes then ending with spaghetti dinner and their nightly ritual. In this book, a theme was clearly established that no one does it better than mama in this daughter’s eyes. The daughter’s admiration is evident through not only the written words but also the illustrations drawn by Julia Gorton.

Overall, Newman does a fantastic job conveying the special bond between a mother and daughter. However, I would urge readers to think about possible implications that may arise. When looking at the cover critically, one notices how the illustrator chose to portray the two characters. On the cover page, Gorton depicts the mother and daughter wearing elegant clothes: dresses, pink floppy sun hats, and pearls. I would encourage readers to think about the message this picture conveys to young girls about how proper ladies dress. These outfits, on the cover page and throughout the book, may marginalize girls who don’t wish to dress in this way. Young readers may believe that in order to have this special relationship they too will have to look and dress like Gorton’s illustrations. Consequently, these images further perpetuate the notion that women and girls must dress in a certain way to truly be lady-like despite the book's original message being about mothers and daughters. While conveying the central theme is crucial, one must also be aware of other potential messages that arise and the impacts they can have on the reader.

Furthermore, when looking at this book critically, it depicts one type of mother-daughter relationship that could be potentially detrimental to girls in lower socioeconomic classes. The activities in the book, particularly the section where they’re having a tea party, tend to feature pastimes of higher socioeconomic standing. Lines like “served on a silver tray” highlight material objects that might not be available to individuals with limited resources. Furthermore, while it’s possible that these activities took place during a weekend or a day off, there was no mention of the mother working. Nowadays, when it’s common to have working mothers, there is potential that many girls may not feel connected to the story. If Newman were to have included a page where the daughter says “nobody has the work ethic just like Mama,” it could have easily connected to the theme to the reality of many of the readers. With this change, the book would incorporate aspects of a diverse array of mother-daughter relationships that would resonate with girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
FAN-TAS-TIC!! We love this book. It was a gift, and has quickly become a favorite for both me and my daughter. We've been reading it every night and never get tired of it. Just Like Mama is a sweet bedtime story, and what little girl doesn't want to be just like her fabulous mom?
Cute book. Big bright pictures.
We checked out this book from the library and my 5 year old daughter fell in love with it and just had to have it. Super cute!
I got this for my 2 year old daughter for Christmas. We had borrowed it from the library and it was one of her favorite books. She still loves it, she insists we read it every night. Such a sweet book.
Cute book!
my granddaughter's first baby and hope she will be like her moma slove to be read to every day our Auden