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Book by Ann Heinrichs
Review by Fatima Khan, Associate Producer, ReadingWithYourKids.com
“Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children”
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! And we wanted to remind you that this Sunday May 14th is Mother’s Day!
Mothers are the sweetest gift from Gods to us and Mother’s Day is the best time to say in words how much you love and care for your mum. We would like to wish all Moms a Happy Mother’s Day!
We believe in Celebrating a Mother’s Day with a book that shows just how special moms really are. As a part of Mother’s day celebration we have decided to review a wonderful book called “Mother’s Day” by Ann Heinrichs. This book is an introduction to the history of and customs surrounding Mother’s Day. The second Sunday in June is a time to celebrate mothers and all those who are like mothers. This book discusses the origins of Mother’s Day and explains how songs, poems, and food can prove useful in showing our appreciation for mothers, stepmothers, aunts, grandmothers, and sisters.
Ann wonderfully explains how mother’s day began, how do we celebrate this day and how is mother’s day celebrated around the world. She describes that it began with Ana Jarvis. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognised holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna Jarvis wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour all mothers, because she believed that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.
This books informs that Mother’s Day falls on different days depending on the countries where it is celebrated. In the North American country of Mexico, Mother’s Day is celebrated on a fixed day of May 10 as opposed to the Mother’s Day in US that fall on the second Sunday in the month of May. In Mexico, children put on their dance shows for their mothers and then everyone enjoys big meal. In France, it falls on the last Sunday in May. Families’ gathers for a holiday dinner and they give their mothers a beautiful cake decorated to look like flowers. In Serbia, Mother’s day is celebrated on the second Sunday before Christmas. Children tiptoe in their mother’s bedroom and tie her up gently then say “Mother Day, mother’s day, what will you pay to get away. Mother then promises them gifts she has hidden under her pillow then they happily set her free.
There is also a poetry corner where Author has listed some great poems on mothers and mother’s day by great poets. Short poems and quotes are scattered throughout. Longer poems appear in the last chapters. A suggestion of gift ideas and a recipe (that will need some adult assistance) are also included. All the 8 chapters are wonderfully written and well explained.
I enjoyed reading this book! It is very informative and uses simple language which is easy to understand for the young readers. Alley has done a wonderful job with illustrations. It is colourful and cartoonish and effectively demonstrates the festive activities mentioned in the book. This book can be very helpful in introducing young kids to Mother’s day and its celebration. I would recommend it to children of ages 5 year old & ups.
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