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JPB    Asch

Asch, Frank.  Bread and honey.  Ben paints a picture of his mother, with a little help from Owl, Rabbit, Alligator, Elephant, Lion, and Giraffe. c1981. Mothers and sons


JPB    Banks

Banks, Kate.  Close your eyes.  A mother tiger entices her child to sleep by telling of all thatcan been seen with one's eyes closed. c2002. Mother and child


JPB    Bauer

Bauer, Marion Dane.  MY MOTHER IS MINE.  As a child makes a Mother's Day card, various animal mothers are shown taking care of their young. c2001. Mothers


JPB    Berry

Berry, Christine.  Mama went walking.  Sarah saves her mother from a series of imaginary dangers, from lions in the Jaba-Jaba Jungle to scritchy-witchy things in the Gonagetcha Forest. c1990. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Brown

Brown, Margaret Wise.  The runaway bunny.  A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him; even if he changes into a fish, she will become a fisherman fishing with a carrot. [1942] Mothers


JPB    Carrick

Carrick, Carol.  Valentine.  While waiting for her mother to come home from work on Valentine's Day, Heather helps her grandmother rescue a newborn lamb and bake a special cooky. c1995. Mothers and daughters.


JPB    Eastman

Eastman, P. D.  Are you my mother?  The story of a poor little bird who fell from the nest and lost his mother. [1960]Mothers


JPB    Eber

Eber, Christine Engla Just Momma and me. A youngster used to living alone with her mother comes to accept the presence of her mother's friend and a new baby. c1975. Mothers


JPB    Ehrlich

Ehrlich, Fred.  Does a mouse have a mommy?  Explains, in simple text, why some animals do not stay with their mothers after birth, and why many need her love and care, like children. c2004.Mothers


JPB    Elwin

Elwin, RosamundAsha's mums. c1990. Lesbian mothers


JPB    Fisher

Fisher, Aileen Lucia.  Do bears have mothers too?  A collection of short poems about baby animals includes "Penguin Chick," "Baby Monkey," and "Alligator Children." c1973. Mothers


YP     F576mo

Flake, Sharon.  Money hungry.  All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again. c2001. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Gackenbach

Gackenbach, Dick.  Alice's special room.  Alice tells her mother about her special room, where she can play with her cat who died, enjoy the warm beach in January, go sledding on a hot summer day, and do anything she has already done in the past. c1991. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Galbraith

Galbraith, Kathryn OseboldLaura Charlotte.  A mother describes her love for a toy elephant she was given as a child, a gift she has now passed on to her daughter. c1990. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Garden

Garden, Nancy.  Molly's family.  While preparing decorations for Open School Night, Molly and several of her classmates draw pictures of their families and discover that family means something different to each of them. c2004. Lesbian mothers


JPB    Hawkins

Hawkins, Colin.  Where's my mommy?  A newly hatched duckling asks every animal he sees if it is his mother, until the true mother comes back for him. 1986, c1985. Mothers


JPB    Hesse

Hesse, Karen.  Come on, rain.  A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat. c1999. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Hines

Hines, Anna Grossnickle Even if I spill my milk?   Because Jamie doesn't want his parents to go to a party and leave him with a babysitter, he tries to delay their departure with a series of questions. c1994. Mothers and sons


JPB    Jarrell   c.2

Jarrell, Mary.  The knee-baby.  Trying to wait patiently for his turn on his mother's lap, a little boy dreams about what his grandmother might be doing. [1973] Mothers


JPB    Johnson

Johnson, Angela.  Tell me a story, Mama.  A young girl and her mother remember together all the girl's favorite stories about her mother's childhood. c1989. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Joosse

Joosse, Barbara M.  Dinah's mad, bad wishes.  Dinah wishes horrible things for her mother when the two have a fight. c1989. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Kasza

Kasza, Keiko.  A mother for Choco.  A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother. c1992. Mothers


JPB    Lewin

Lewin, Hugh.  Jafta--my mother.  A little boy living in an African village describes his mother and the love he feels for her. . 1983, c1980. Mothers


JPB    Lyon

Lyon, George Ella.  Mama is a miner.  A mother describes her job working as a miner. c1994. Mothers


JPB    Marron

Marron, Carol A.  Mother told me so.  Melissa realizes she is not a perfect child, but believes her mother was one until her grandmother tells her the truth. c1983. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Mccloskey

McCloskey, Robert.  Blueberries for Sal.  Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother. c1948. Mothers


JPB    Minarik

Minarik, Else Holmelund.  Little bear.  Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party. [1957] Mothers and sons


JPB    Minarik

Minarik, Else Holmelund.  Little Bear's valentine.  Little Bear looks forward to giving his mother a valentine and to figuring out who the secret admirer is who sent him one. c2003. Mothers and sons


JPB    Mizumura

Mizumura, Kazue.  If I were a mother.  A young girl reflects that if she were a mother, she would follow the example of many animal mothers, like the monkey that checks behind its child's ears, or the lion that teaches its children to be brave. [1968] Mothers


JPB    Newman

Newman, LesleaHeather has two mommies. c1989. Lesbian mothers


JPB    Penn

Penn, Audrey.  The Kissing hand.  When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him. c1993. Mothers and sons


JPB    Polushkin

Polushkin, Maria.  Mother, Mother, I want another.  Anxious to get her son to sleep, Mrs. Mouse goes off to find what she thinks he wants. c1978.Mothers


JPB    Power

Power, Barbara.  I wish Laura's mommy was my mommy.  Jennifer thinks she prefers life in Laura's home to her own until changing circumstances help her to understand her own mother better. c1979. Mothers


JPB    Reasoner

Reasoner, Charles.  Whose mommy is this?  The reader slides open the pages to discover which baby animal belongs to which mother animal. c1994.Mothers


JPB    Say

Say, Allen.  Tree of cranes.  A Japanese boy learns of Christmas when his mother decorates a pine tree with paper cranes. c1991. Mothers


JPB    Schlein

Schlein, Miriam.  THE WAY MOTHERS ARE.  A little cat tries to figure out why his mother loves him even when he is naughty, and if she loves him at other times because he is good. c1993. Mothers


JPB    Sharmat

Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.  Hooray for Mother's Day!  In searching for a Mother's Day present that will be just right for his mother, Alaric Chicken demonstrates that he is just as cautious and particular as she is. c1986. Mothers and sons


JPB    Sis

Sis, Peter.  Beach ball.  While at the beach, Mary and her mother see letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and more. c1990. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Waber

Waber, Bernard.  Lyle finds his mother.  Lyle the Crocodile leaves his happy home on East 88th Street with the Primms to go in search of his mother at the urging of his former employer Hector P. Valenti, star of stage and screen. c1974. Mothers


JPB    Williams-Garcia

Williams-Garcia, Rita.  CATCHING THE WILD WAIYUUZEE.  As she tries to escape her mother's efforts to "plait-a-plait" and "string-a-bead" her hair, a young girl imagines herself escaping into a jungle. c2000. Mothers and daughters


JPB    Wood

Wood, Douglas.  What moms can't do.  A child ponders the many problems that mothers must deal with in the course of a normal day. c 2000. Mothers





YP    306.874    R982ce

Rutter, Virginia Beane.  Celebrating girls: nurturing and empowering our daughters. Offers a wide variety of everyday ways you can strengthen a girl's sense of automomy, instill pride in being female, and ensure confidence throughout her lifetime. c2003. Mothers and daughters.


J   811.54 Y54de

Yolen, Jane.  DEAR MOTHER, DEAR DAUGHTER: POEMS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. A mother and daughter converse through poetry.  c2001. Mothers and daughters


J    812.54    T372m

Thayer, Marjorie.  A mother for Mother's day: a play.  Michael's classmates try to find him a mother for Mother's Day after they find out he is an orphan. c1980. Mothers Day





J    A825s

Asher, Sandy FenichelSummer begins.  The controversy she creates at school, her mother's strange behavior, and her sudden friendship with her best friend's secret love leaves 13-year-old Summer in a state of confusion. c1980. Mothers and daughters


J    B185pe

Balgassi, Haemi Peacebound trains.  Sumi's grandmother tells the story of her family's escape from Seoul during the Korean War, while they watch the trains which will eventually bring her mother back from army service. c1996. Mothers and daughters


J    C167ye

Calvert, Patricia.  Yesterday's daughter.  Sixteen-year-old Leenie is bitterly determined not to let the mother who left her as an infant back into her life, but a tentative friendship with a young photographer helps her see the situation from a new perspective. c1986. Mothers and daughters


YP    C226am

Cannon, A. E. (Ann Edwards Amazing Gracie.  A high school girl has a lot to deal with in her sophomore year when her beloved mother who is a victim of depression remarries, a new brother is acquired, and the family moves to Salt Lake City. c1991.

Mothers and daughters


YP    C536ra

Childress, Alice.  Rainbow Jordan .  Her mother, her foster guardian, and 14-year-old Rainbow comment on the state of things as she prepares to return to a foster home for yet another stay. c1982, c1981. Mothers and daughters


YP    D496wh

DeVito, Cara.  Where I want to be.  After the death of her father, fourteen-year-old Kristie gradually sorts out her feelings about her older half brothers with whom she lives in a small Arizona town and about the mother who had left her years ago. c1993. Mothers and daughters


J    E47pi

Ellis, Sarah.  Pick-up sticks.  Thirteen-year-old Polly's rebellion against her unmarried, fiercely independendent mother comes to a head when they must find a new apartment. c1992. Mothers and daughters


YP    F576mo

Flake, Sharon.  MONEY HUNGRY.  All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again. c2001. Mothers and daughters


J    G779fa

Gray, LuliFalcon's egg.  Taking care of her younger brother and a loving but flighty mother has made Falcon very responsible for a eleven-year-old, but she needs the help of her great-great aunt, a friendly neighbor, and an ornithologist when she finds a unusual egg in Central Park. c1995. Mothers and daughters


J    G799no

Greene, Constance C.  Nora: maybe a ghost story.  While Nora, thirteen, and her younger sister Patsy deal with their father's plans to remarry and their competition over a new boy at school, Nora alone senses the presence of her mother who died three years before. c1993. Mothers and daughters


J     H382g

Hautzig, Esther Rudomin A gift for Mama.  Sick and tired of making presents for various holidays and occasions, Sara decides that for this Mother's Day she will do

something different. c1981. Mother's Day


J    H647t

Hill, Margaret.  Turn the page, Wendy.  Teenage Wendy risks her position at Virginia Hall and a chance to become part of a real family in a good foster home when she impulsively runs away to search for her mother who deserted her at birth. c1981. Mothers and daughters


YP     K78ti

Koertge, Ronald.  Tiger, tiger, burning bright: a novel.  Worried that his mother will send his beloved grandfather to a nursing home "for his own good," Jesse and some of his eighth-grade classmates accompany Pappy into the mountains near their small California town to look for the tiger tracks he claims to have seen. c1994. Mothers and sons


YP    M214ca

Mahy, Margaret.  The catalogue of the universe.  Summary: Determined to satisfy her curiosity about her unknown father, eighteen-year-old Angela May embarks on an emotional journey that shapes and forever alters the way she looks at herself, her unconventional mother, and her devoted friend Tycho. 1986, c1985. Mothers and daughters


YP     N216ze

Napoli, Donna JoZel.  Based on the fairy tale Rapunzel, the story is told in

alternating chapters from the point of view of Zel, her mother, and the nobleman who pursues her, and delves into the psychological motivations of each of the characters. c1996.  Mothers and daughters


YP    O18mo

O'Connor, Barbara.  MOONPIE AND IVY.  Twelve-year-old Pearl feels hurt, confused, and unwanted when her wild, irresponsible mother leaves her with Aunt Ivy in a little country house in Georgia and then disappears. c2001. Mothers and daughters


YP    P278h

Pascal, Francine.  Hangin' out with Cici.  Teenage Victoria who has a knack for getting into trouble and feels totally misunderstood by her mother, suddenly finds herself back in the forty's and involved with an equally trouble-prone girl who has some very familiar ways. c1977. Mothers and daughters


YP    P412bo

Pennebaker, Ruth.  Both sides now.  Fifteen-year-old Liza tries to deal with the normal everyday crises of life in an Austin, Texas, high school, a process complicated by her mother's fight with breast cancer. c2000. Mothers and daughters


J    P466yo

Pershall, Mary K.  You take the high road.  An Australian girl's dream of being an older sister is fulfilled, until a tragic accident shatters her family, and she must pick up the pieces--with the support of a caring teacher and a special boyfriend. c1990.  Mothers and daughters


J    R691f

Rodgers, Mary.  Freaky Friday.  A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body. [1972] Mothers and daughters


J    S645be

Smith, Doris Buchanan.  Best girl.  As she struggles to cope with a difficult mother and finding her place in the world, young Nealy Compton finds solace in the relative solitude and safety beneath her neighbor's porch. c1993. Mothers and daughters


J    S645l

Smith, Doris Buchanan.  Last was Lloyd.  A friendless, overweight 12-year-old with an overprotective mother begins to change the monotonous pattern of his life. c1981. Mothers and sons


J    S798do

Stauffacher, Sue.  Donuthead.  Franklin Delano Donuthead, a fifth-grader obsessed with hygiene and safety, finds an unlikely friend and protector in Sarah Kervick, the tough new student who lives in a dirty trailer, bonds with his mother, and is as "irregular" as he is. c2003. Mothers and sons


YP    T413ca

Thesman, Jean.  Cattail moon.  Unable to deal with her mother's disregard of her interest in a musical career, fifteen-year-old Julia leaves Seattle to live with her father and grandmother near the Cascade mountains, where she encounters a ghost who helps her make important decisions about her future. c1994. Mothers and daughters


YP     T413ra

Thesman, Jean.  The rain catchers.  Growing up in a house full of women, fourteen-year-old Grayling learns to deal with death, love, and the unanswered questions raised by her widowed mother's apparent abandonment. c1991. Mothers and daughters


J     W187bu

Wallace, Bill.  Buffalo gal.  Fifteen-year-old Amanda's refined life in early twentieth-century San Francisco is disrupted when she grudgingly accompanies her mother to the Oklahoma Territory on a crusade to save the buffalo. c1992. Mothers and daughters


YP    W395so

Weeks, Sarah.  So B. It: a novel.  After spending her life with her mentally retarded mother and agora phobic neighbor, twelve-year-old Heidi sets out from Reno, Nevada, to New York to find out who she is. c2004. Mothers and daughters


J    Z77st

Zindel, Bonnie.  A star for the latecomer.  A young girl desperately tries to become a star before tragedy strikes. c1980. Mothers and daughters


YP    Z53be

Zemser, Amy Bronwen Beyond the mango tree.  While living in Liberia with her possessive, diabetic mother and often-absent father, twelve-year-old Sarina longs for a friend with whom to experience the world beyond her yard. c1998. Mothers and daughters





P.R.    306.8743    C678i

Cohen-Sandler, Roni.  I'm not mad, I just hate you!: a new understanding of mother-daughter conflict.c1999. Mothers and daughters





VCR    306.8743    L638

The Less than perfect daughter. [videorecording] (45 min.) + 1 guide. Filmfair Communications, [1991?]  A mother with low self esteem emotional abuses her daughter. Mothers and daughters



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