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Mama, Do You Love Me?

By Barbara M. Joosse (Author) & Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator)
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Item description for Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse & Barbara Lavallee...

Appealing watercolor illustrations complement the story of a child eager to test the limits of her independence and a mother ready to confirm the endless nature of her love, in a board book version of the Golden Kite Award-winner.

Publishers Description
A BOARD BOOK set in the Arctic, in which a child tests the limits of independence and learns that a parent's love is unconditional and everlasting. Includes an illustrated glossary of Eskimo terms. Illustrated in colour by Barbara Lavallee. First published in hardback in 1991.

Awards and Recognitions
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse & Barbara Lavallee has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award - 1994 Nominee - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse & Barbara Lavallee has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1381

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Chronicle Books
Pages   24
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.1" Width: 5.11" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Jul 1, 1998
Publisher   Chronicle Books
Age  2-3
ISBN  0811821315  
ISBN13  9780811821315  

Availability  51 units.
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More About Barbara M. Joosse & Barbara Lavallee

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Joosse ( is the author of many popular picture books, including "Mama, Do You Love Me?." She lives in Wisconsin in a very old house made of stone, with her husband and two dogs.
Hyewon Yum ( is the author and illustrator of "The Twins Blanket" and "Mom, It s My First Day of Kindergarten!" She was born in Korea and studied painting and printmaking at Seoul National University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young sons."

Barbara M. Joosse currently resides in the state of Wisconsin.

Barbara M. Joosse has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Mama

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mama, Do You Love Me??

Excellent illustrations, great book!  May 21, 2008
I picked up this book in a book store in Alaska, well before I had children of my own. Then it was for the sheer pleasure of looking at the water color illustrations. Now I read it to my two kids, both love it. In fact my son (4 yrs) says "Read it again" right after I have just finished reading it to him :-)

It's a book about a child pushing/testing the limits of her mother's love - trying to see if she does naughty things will mamma stop loving her? And mamma's answers are always soothing and reassuring - telling her child that her love is a constant thing that the child can depend on. It is quite profound actually... we often get angry with out children for various naughty things they do. This book puts the thought into the child's head that "Even if mamma is angry with me, she still loves me".

Along the way, my kids enjoy looking at the pictures of a musk-ox, a ptarmigan (bird), polar bear, wolves, and puffins and a snow country far away from their own.

Wonderful to read to your kids - and cherish just for the beautiful illustrations.
Does not "show" or "prove" anything- a very average book  Jul 15, 2007
I bought this book because I am part Native and I wanted to keep that heritage alive for my daughter. I also liked the illustrations, which are beautiful, and she does too.

I was very disappointed in the story, however.

Rather than telling a story, this book reports a conversation between a mother and daughter that goes as follows:

"Mama, do you love me?"
"I love you so much [insert metaphor here]."
"This much?"
"What if..."
"I would still love you."
"What if..."
"I would still..."
"What if..."
"I would still..."

Et cetera.

I found this extremely annoying. It is not a child testing her mother's love; it is a child posing hypothetical questions. Moreover the mother's answers don't prove anything (as it says on the back of the book), because nothing actually happens.

It is sort of along the lines of The Runaway Bunny (which I liked), only more annoying, because the telling is all hypothetical, there is no intent to actually carry out any of the threats (unlike in The Runaway Bunny), and the language isn't as rhythmic, in my opinion.

The vocabulary is very rich but I do wish there had been a glossary of unfamiliar terms at the beginning, since some of these words are not ones that someone who does not live among or near Inuit would know.

All in all, a better book about love is Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" and a better book celebrating Native American heritage is "Ten Little Rabbits".

I would only purchase this book if I owned all of the other books I wanted, and then mainly for the illustrations and vocabulary building.
Lots of Value in a Simple Board Book  Jun 27, 2007
My husband purchased this book for our 18-month-old son, and it has become one of his favorite books. I like that it shows a parent's unconditional love no matter what. It teaches that someone can be angry at and still love another person at the same time. It has also taught my son a lot about emotions, something he has had a difficult time understanding up until now. It also shows cause and effect (i.e. If you do that, I will be angry).

Finally, it has been fun to learn a little about another culture. I have had fun looking up the things in the book I didn't understand. I also like that, even though it is about the Inuit culture, that doesn't overpower the main lessons of the book.
Mama, Do You Love Me? Board Book  Mar 22, 2006
The book was in excellent condition and was mailed to me promptly.
Mama, do you love me?  Dec 7, 2005
I love this book and so does my 14 month old son. He loves the story and the illustrations. He sits "still" with me while I read it to him at his nap time and bed time and cries if I quit reading it. It is nice quiet, bonding time for us(he doesn't sit still for much). I feel it is suitable for his age and for when he is older. It has a great message. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

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