Mama Says

Source: Common Sense Media

A series of 12 two-page spreads offer life lessons that mothers of different ethnicities pass on to their sons, from the importance of kindness, generosity, hard work, honesty, endurance, and so on. Each is given in a short poem that is written first in English, then side-by-side in the language of the culture depicted. Two illustrations for each lesson show the mother and son, dressed in cultural costumes, lovingly engaged in some action that illustrates the importance of the lesson being given. In the end, all sons have grown to men and, standing together, glow with a strength that grew out of listening to what “mama says.”

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