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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
I Wish Mommy Would Come Home by Latoya Patterson is the tale of a young girl named Jada who misses her mother terribly. Her mom had left to live in a different country so that she could make a better life for her and her daughter. Things aren’t going well for the little girl. Her older brother is being a pest and her father can’t help because he’s busy with the baby. Even Grandma was too busy with cooking to help Jada get her doll back. Jada tried to help out and do her best but it just wasn’t the same without her mother. Even when Jada was chosen to give the speech at her graduation, she was still upset that her mom could not be there. But Jada was in for a pleasant surprise.
I Wish Mommy Would Come Home is a very sweet and realistic read. Jada, the main character, is very relatable in the sense that many families are struggling right now and sometimes that means a mother or father has to go away for a while. It’s natural to miss someone when they are gone. I like how the story offered things to do so as not to dwell on the person who is currently away. The illustrations are beautifully done and fit perfectly with the storyline. Overall, I think LaToya Patterson has created a wonderful story that teaches an important lesson.