Synopses & Reviews
Bestselling author and award-winning actress Julianne Moore pays homage to all the Muttis, Mammas, and Mamans who are from another country. A foreign mom may eat, speak, and dress differently than other moms— she may wear special clothes for holidays, twist hair in strange old-fashioned braids, and cook recipes passed down from grandma. Such a mom may be different than other moms, but...she is also clearly the best. Vividly illustrated by Meilo So, this funny and heartwarming picture book about growing up in multiple cultures celebrates the diverse world in which we live.
"Mothers come in all kinds, but when they are immigrants, children are quick to notice moments of culture clash. Moore (the Freckleface Strawberry books) uses an everykid narrative voice to parse the embarrassments and delights of having a mother who hails from distant shores: 'She calls me foreign nicknames,/ wee one, liebchen, bebe./ I tell her all the time/ Ã¢Â€Â˜Those words sound so crazy!' ' Working in loose, bright watercolors, So (Brush of the Gods) shifts between several mother/child pairs: there's the stylish French woman who mortifies her son by shouting 'Mon petit chou!' at his soccer game; two mothers who prefer clothing with vivid African and Caribbean patterns; and (in an inversion of so many adoption stories) a Japanese mother with a white daughter. The meter is inconsistent, and many rhymes are slant, raising the question of why the book is written in verse at all. It's a well-intentioned remainder of America's melting pot past and present, but the delivery is underwhelming. Ages 5 8. Author's agent: David Kuhn, Kuhn Projects. Illustrator's agent: Heflin Reps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Julianne Moore was inspired to write My Mom Is a Foreigner
in memory of her own foreign mom. Moore is the bestselling author of the Freckleface Strawberry
series. She is also an award-winning actress and artist ambassador for Save the Children. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Meilo So is the esteemed illustrator of Water Sings Blue. She was born in Hong Kong and now lives in the Shetland Islands with her husband and daughter. Meilo So is herself a foreign mom.