This crisp and contemporary picture book offers a unique baby's eye view of the first year, from birth to first steps.
This crisp and contemporary picture book offers a unique baby's eye view of the first year, from birth to first steps
A mother is a nest, a vehicle, a mirror... The baby sees their mother in every aspect of their day. As the pages go by, the child grows. The mother who was a refuge becomes a road, a story and a show. On the final page, the child is ready to take their first steps. Because a mother is a home that you carry inside you forever.
A Mother Is a House looks through the baby's eyes for an unexpected and affecting picture of parents and home-shown through bright, contemporary illustrations and special inks.
ISBN: 9781776573233 Petit uses metaphors to describe the different jobs mothers do.
Audience: Preschool (0-5)
Number of Pages: 48
Publication Date: 3 Mar 2021
Publisher: Gecko Press
Dimensions (cm): 23.8(H) x 17(L) x 0(W)
This French import via New Zealand opens with the pregnant mother lying on the couch, her partner's hand atop her belly: 'A mother's a house.' Across the gutter, 'She's a car in a rush' as the two stride down the sidewalk. With the page turn, she's a 'lullaby hush, ' the baby in her arms. A 'permanent fountain' shows her breastfeeding, and she's a 'wall' when she blocks the now-crawling tot from her toolbox and a ladder. She serves as an island when the two are soaking in the bathtub, the babe's tush in the air, and readers see the mother's bare bum and a side view of her breast (and nipple) when she's compared to 'a picture' in a pose that evokes impressionist art. While a changing rhyme scheme makes reading this aloud a bit of a challenge, the fact that the phrases are scattered across page turns makes this less of a drawback, especially since children may want to pause to see how a mom is a 'kangaroo pouch' or a 'roof in the street.' Mom has pink skin and brown hair; her partner and child share lighter coloring and grayish-greenish hair. What's most striking about the book, though, is its use of intense neon colors both for details and large swaths of the illustrations and for the text itself.
The final metaphor says it all: 'A mother's a home.'
Aurore Petit is one of a new young generation of French illustrators to emerge from the influential School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She lives in Paris.
Petit uses metaphors to describe the different jobs mothers do.