Someone from Deseret Book contacted me to see if I'd like to review a copy of a new Mother's Day picture book for moms. I'm a mom. I love books. I love picture books. And I love the idea of books as gifts. So I said yes.
The book arrived in today's mail. It's a small, fun shape - less than 6.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches long. And it's a bright pink!
Once There Was A Mother by Emily Watts, Illustrated by Destin Cox
From the publisher:
I read it to my 14 year old daughter and my 4 year old son (the oldest and youngest in the family who happened to be nearby when the mail arrived). My daughter said it was adorable. My son said it didn't have enough explosions (note: It had zero explosions).
I thought it was cute. It's definitely not a book geared to kids, but meant for moms... moms of all ages. It doesn't gloss over how hard it is being a mom, but it doesn't drag you down with how hard it is either. The page below is one of my favorites. My daughter and I both especially loved that the books the mom has are titled "Again" and "Again." And I love the artwork. Simple, but beautiful.
It made me smile. It made me tear up. Overall, this would be a cute gift to give to a mom for Mother's Day (coming up May 14th)! I would be happier to receive this than to receive chocolate. Well... who am I kidding, I'd like this AND some chocolate!
The book can be found here: Deseret Book