Poem by Alice Rhea Mitchell
Paintings by Sheryl K. Perry
Little girls watch their mothers all of the time, and every mother has an intriguing boutique behind her closet door. At bedtime or anytime, little girls of all ages will delight in the forty-page book entitled My Mama's Closet by Alice Rhea Mitchell. When the little girl in the narrative poem explores her mother's closet, she spies the corner where her mother has placed items for the little girl to wear. Creatively and carefully, the little girl decides independently, adjusts accordingly, and emerges confidently to reveal the results. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and not a few dads who love them will read My Mama's Closet again and again; and many a daughter will visit her mother's closet to enact the lines of this real-life scenario. Eighteen charming paintings by watercolorist Sheryl K. Perry vividly depict the little girl's actions, and multi-colored text propels the plot forward with memorable lines that linger long after the reader turns the last page.
JoAnne Stevens Connell (Submitted on 13th Nov 2015)
Alice Rhea Mitchell has written a book that is sure to please little girls, moms, aunts, and grandmothers. My Mama's Closet tells the story of a girl of four exploring her mother's closet, discovering dress-up clothes, and emerging dressed as "Mama." The rhyming poem and lovely watercolor illustrations are sure to keep little ones' attention until the end, and then, inspire imaginative dress-up play. Grown-up "girls," too, may recall their own happy memories of dressing up and clumping around in oversized high heels. My Mama's Closet makes a wonderful gift to welcome a new baby girl or a special addition to any little girl's collection of books.
JoAnne Stevens Connell
Cindy R. Simmons (Submitted on 13th Nov 2015)
A memory, a sentimental moment, a tug at the heart strings--these special thoughts and then so much more are your gifts when you open the pages of My Mama's Closet, written by Alice Rhea Mitchell and illustrated by Sheryl K. Perry. Whether a grandmother or a three year old, whether the reader or the listener, whether you have been the girl in the story or you wish you were the girl in the story, you will delight in the language of a magical experience and the beauty of the illustrations that are as captivating as that language. The story of "dress up" has never been more personal or more touching. And little girls everywhere, no matter who they are or where they live, can find themselves becoming the "sister" of the little girl in the story--going to their mothers' closets and putting on their mothers' things--the too big dress or the too heavy shoes or the too many necklaces or the too worn out sweater. This story poem reveals the universal "specialness" of a little girl's dream of being a grownup--just like her mother.
Cindy R. Simmons
Former Director of Student Assessment,
Mississippi Department of Education,
Teacher for over 20 years, mother and grandmother
Clara Martin (Submitted on 13th Nov 2015)
“Alice Mitchell is a Mississippi native from Jackson, and her picture book is perfect for little girls who love dressing up in their mama’s clothes. The story rhymes, which makes for a good read-aloud. ‘Just imagine my surprise…Bracelets and beads for my disguise…Then, of course, the purse I took…and ran to the mirror for a look.’ This also is a good book for teaching colors and rhyming words. Give My Mama’s Closet to the mom whose shoes are missing!”
May 9, 2015
Jennifer Hiller (Submitted on 13th Nov 2015)
When I was just a girl of four, I opened Mama’s closet door” begins this sweet poem about playing dress up. A little girl delights in discovering that her mother has set aside treasures: a dress with big buttons she can handle, a feathered hat, a special bag filled with beads. A sweet story—and a good idea to carve out a place in your closet just for kids—with lovely watercolors by San Antonio artist Sheryl K. Perry.
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