I have been woefully absent from Perfect Picture Book Friday as of late, but I will correct that today by celebrating one of my all-time favorite picture books, which was written by none other than our December featured 12 x 12 in 2012 author — Eileen Spinelli.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, September, 1998
Suitable for: Ages 0-5
Themes/Topics: Bedtime, Motherhood, Family, Daily Routine, Love, Lullabye
Opening/Synopsis: From Publisher’s Weekly: Mother returns from her job to spend an evening of play and bath time with a sleepy, grateful toddler in this comforting picture book. Spinelli’s brief, rhythmic sentences immediately establish the mood: “When Mama comes home from work, dear child,/ when Mama comes home tonight,/ she’ll cover you with kisses,/ she’ll hug you sweet and tight.” The book works marvelously as a soporific, and will reassure anxiously waiting children as well as the parents who dash home to put them to bed.
Activities: This book just begs to be read to a child who’s curled up in your lap in a rocking chair. I honestly can’t think of a better activity than that, especially since it is geared for the youngest children. Make reading this book a bedtime ritual, as I did for years. You could also use it to talk to children about their own evening/bedtime routines. Are they the same or different from the ones in this book? Which activities do they look forward to the most and why?
Why I Like This Book: As I mentioned in my introduction to Eileen for her featured author post, When Mama Comes Home Tonight helped me survive leaving my three-month old daughter to go back to work in the banking industry. For two years, this book was my touchstone with my daughter at a time when, racing home exhausted and spent, I needed the perfect words to communicate to my daughter how much I loved her. This book gave me those words in a beautiful package. Reading it to her is one of my favorite memories of her babyhood.12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Parenting, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Poetry, Rhyming · Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, Author, Eileen Spinelli, Julie Hedlund, Parenting, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Poetry, Rhyming