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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Mama's Daycare (Mama and Nene), written by Ngozi Edema and illustrated by Swapan Debnath, is a cute, colorful children's book about a little girl named Nene, who is getting ready for her first day of school. She is very close to her mom and loves cuddling with her baby doll, Rosie. Nene loves her mom more than anything. Nene is looking forward to school and wants to make sure she has everything she needs, like supplies. She seems all ready except for one thing: What will her mom do without her when she goes off to school? They're so used to being together. What follows is an imaginative story about Nene's fantasy of her mom going to a mommy daycare right across the street from her school, so they can still be in close proximity to each other. The little girl further imagines all the things her mom will do at her mommy daycare, like going to the gym, reading books, and other things. Nene realizes that on the days she doesn't go to school, she and her mom can still do fun things together.
Edema has created a charming book that both mothers and children can enjoy. The illustrations are bright and inviting, and match the story perfectly. This story appeals to the universal feelings most mothers and little girls have about the first day of school, and although this subject has been written about many times, this author takes the topic in a slightly different direction with an amusing but sweet angle that is unpredictable, but a nice surprise. I like that both Nene's and her mom's emotions are explored, not just one of them. There is a little melancholy, but all ends well and on a positive note. The illustrator brings the characters to life in a warm way that accentuates the text. Mama's Daycare (Mama and Nene) by Ngozi Edema is just the right book for mothers and daughters to read together before the first day of school.