Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Israel Dilean’s illustrations throughout Shanalee Sharboneau's picture book, My Mama Loves Me: I’m Her Little Girl, have a timeless look that complements the words incredibly well. And those words have a rhythm that makes rhyme superfluous, popular though it is with children who enjoy having stories read to them. The subject matter is the same in that it reinforces the meaning in the title over and over, and yet it is never the same. Mama and her unnamed daughter play the piano, wander in a garden, turn into mermaids who play in the sea, and enjoy many other almost magical settings. There are countless ways Mama shows that she cares, and any little girl listening to her mother reading would know that she was loved. It would be a wonderful gift anywhere in the world; the use of Mama, not Mom or Mum, ensures that its appeal is truly international.
I read My Mama Loves Me: I’m Her Little Girl by Shanalee Sharboneau three times and still found something new in every picture. Most of all, I liked the positive message of unconditional love. Who could resist “my mama stays with me, my mama plays with me”, “my mama teaches me to dream”, "my mama makes my life complete", or “my mama folds my hands in prayer”? Based on a lullaby for Shanalee’s own sick baby, this is a book to be treasured and passed down through families. Every page is entertaining, and yet it carries an ageless message about everything that is precious in a mother and daughter relationship.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
There is nothing quite so strong and meaningful as a mother’s love. And it’s something that’s there forever, whether we realize it or not. Mothers teach us as children; they play with us as children, and they help guide our steps along the precarious path of life. A mother’s love is a bond full of nurturing, teaching, encouraging, caring, and so much more.
When author Shanalee Sharboneau’s son was born, he had a severe reflux. She and her husband had to watch over young Braydon around the clock for the first six months of his life. She talked to him, sang to him, and did everything she could to soothe the young baby. What worked best was a song she wrote called My Mama Loves Me: I’m Her Little Boy. The song became this beautifully illustrated book with lyrics to tug at the heartstrings. The charm and the power of this author’s simple words will bring tears to any reader’s eyes, much like Robert Munsch’s story, “Love You Forever,” which also spoke of the unconditional love between a mother and her child.
The repetitive and catchy words, “My Mama,” start each new thought: “My Mama Wakes Me. My Mama takes care of me. My Mama starts my day with love.” And it doesn’t get any better than that – the true power of a mother’s love. The last page says it all: “My Mama loves me. My Mama loves me. My Mama loves me all life long.” Beautifully illustrated to capture the young reader’s attention while the charming lyrics will capture the hearts of young and old alike.
Children's Bookwatch: March 2017
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
Diane Donovan, Editor
Midwest Book Review
The message provided to young girls ages 4 to 8 in Shanalee Sharboneau's utterly charming picture book "My Daddy Loves Me: I'm His Little Girl" is -- My daddy shares with me. My daddy cares for me. My daddy teaches me to dream. My daddy plays with me. My daddy stays with me. My daddy loves me all life long. Colorfully illustrated throughout by Israel Dilean, "My Daddy Loves Me: I m His Little Girl is the third book in the 'My Family Loves Me' series and is unreservedly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.
Every night, my wife reads Dex a book before bedtime, and she lets him choose the book. Almost every night, he finds your book (My Mama Loves Me) and picks it. Even when she moves it to different places on the shelf, he always finds it and wants to read it. Baby tested, baby approved!
By D.L. Seeker
My daughters love this book! They have asked me to read it to them again and again. The illustrations are beautiful and this is a touching story about a mother's love for her child. I love the detail in the pictures. We see something new each time we read it. A great book to cuddle your kiddo with before bed! Enjoy!
The love that the mother character shares for her son in this book is absolutely beautiful and relatable. Not only is the story worth sharing, but the pictures are daring and energetic and would appeal to any young child. This book has a wonderful sense of adventure (with a heartwarming story)!