BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Carol lives with Mama Rose because her parents live far away. But Mama Rose loves her, she teaches her how to clean her room, how to ride a bike; Mama Rose bought Carol a watch and taught her to tell time. Mama Rose is her home and loves her "just like a mama".
Charnelle Pinkney Barlow's illustrations are beautiful! I loved the story, what a great tribute to the people who step up and care for our children. The repetition "my mother and father live far away" make this a memorable read aloud and opens the discussion of what is a family. I loved the author's note at the end.