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Happy Mamas, by Kathleen Pelley | Book Spotlight

The Children’s Book Review | October 10, 2016

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp!

happy-mamas-by-kathleen-pelley-copyHappy Mamas

Written by Kathleen Pelley

Illustrated by Ruth E. Harper

Publisher’s Synopsis: Happy Mamas is a lyrical read aloud that pays tribute to the universal joys of mothering in the animal and in the human kingdoms. Charming illustrations depict all the activities that bring joy to a mama and her baby over the course of a day: feeding her little ones bundles of bamboo shoots, teaching her calf how to trumpet loud a jungle cheer, playing peek a boo, watching her little ones fly from the nest, singing a serenade to the man in the moon, or crooning owly lullabies through the deep dark woods. But as the moon glows and the stars shine, what is it that makes all Mamas from desert to jungle, from forest to field, from land to sea happiest by far?

Mamas and babies everywhere will delight in this happy romp – a perfect ode to Motherhood. Perfect for one on one sharing or for use in the classroom. Ages 3-6 (also available in Spanish)

Ages 3-6 | CWLA Press | October 10, 2016 | 978-1587601606


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This story hour kit is designed to complement a reading of the picture book, Happy Mamas. Use this kit in an early childhood or elementary classroom, library, or bookstore or at a child’s party or play date. Available here.

About Kathleen Pelley

Kathleen Pelley

Kathleen Pelley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. Later, her gentle Irish father fanned the flame even more by feeding her his tales of fairies, leprechauns, and banshees.

So much did Kathleen love stories, that off she went to Edinburgh University and earned a degree in HiSTORY. She didn’t much care for all the facts and dates and numbers, but how she loved the stories of Rasputin, Napoleon, and Bonnie Prince Charlie! One character in particular captured Kathleen’s imagination—Florence Nightingale. After completing her degree, Kathleen studied to become a children’s nurse, but it was a brief and disastrous dalliance. For much as Kathleen loved children, she did not like to see them sick and suffering. However, decades later, Kathleen now sees herself as a kind of a nurse, because she believes that stories can heal the hurts in our hearts.

As a former elementary teacher, Kathleen enjoys sharing her passion with people of all ages. She has been a regular speaker at Regis University on “Nurturing a Passion for Stories,” makes frequent presentations at schools and conferences, and has been telling stories at an inner city elementary school for the past 20 years. She believes that one of the best ways to teach our children empathy is through stories that help them “walk a mile in another man’s moccasins.” When she’s not reading, writing, telling, or listening to stories, Kathleen enjoys knitting, Scottish music, and hiking with her husband and two Golden Retriever dogs along the trails of sunny Colorado.

Learn more about Kathleen Pelley by following along with the Happy Mamas Blog Tour 2016.

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About Ruth E. Harper

Ruth E. Harper

Ruth is a self-taught English artist who fancies herself as a spiffy writer-in-the-making. She is the illustrator of #1 classic The Kissing Hand and Sassafras, and Happy Mamas is her 3rd book for CWLA. Powered by dark chocolate, she heartily knits stories together with letters, pencils and paintbrushes. She is often snatched up by breezes and colors and pint-sized things like rocks, leaves, shells, bugs, feathers, and creatures. You may also find her gardening, hiking, wildly dancing, and riding her bike really fast in an odd looking helmet. She now breathes easy in Iowa with an adorable husband, a dog, two cats, and six marvelous kids between them (with handfuls of grandbabies!). See her art at www.rutheharper.com.

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  • I always compliment mom’s on there children and them for all their hard work.

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  • Mothers are the backbone of the family.

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  • I pay tribute by making them a favorite goody now and then. One such goody made at times is Banana Walnut Bread. Then I tell them I love them over the phone and give them hugs when I see them in person.

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  • Always show them respect and love

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  • With cards for every important occassion

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  • I buy them things to show what an insightful, tasteful item purchaser I am.

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  • by keeping in touch – phone calls, emails, whatever

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  • I try to acknowledge what a supper job moms are doing

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  • I call my Mom every week and give books to young moms I know!

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  • by showing them love in everything i do for them

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  • Keep telling her how much I love her!

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  • Letting her know how much she means to me.

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  • Bring them coffee then slowly back away.

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