3 years & up
Black Culture & Identity
Cozbi A. Cabrera
This story is beautiful, and I’m enamored by author illustrator Cozbi Cabrera’s ability to showcase such a tender and emotional relationship between mother and daughter. Also, her website is ridiculously gorgeous, and you should definitely check it out.
Our rambunctious narrator has woken up early, before her sibling and father, and her mama is already awake! The story follows their day, going on a rainy walk and spending quality time together. The joyful text embodies how a parent can be a young child’s entire world, someone to emulate and be near. Our narrator and her Mama have some matching things, but sometimes her things are smaller (like her toothbrush and cup). That doesn’t stop the pair from being in sync throughout the day, clearly so happy together.
The beautiful language of the story shows how excited young children are when they can name the similarities between themselves and those they love, still in the stage when matching outfits is the height of excitement. This story lets the reader reflect on those special times when they get a grownup they love all to themselves for a little while! Words can’t do this book justice, you’ll just have to read it for yourself and let your own memories and emotions wash over you in order to fully experience Me & Mama.
This book was kindly sent by Simon & Schuster, but all opinions are my own!
Cozbi A. Cabrera received a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Her cloth dolls (muñecas) have garnered the attention of collectors around the world and have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is the illustrator of several acclaimed children’s picture books. She lives in New York City.