Review of Stay Close to Mama

I don't think there's anything better than a high-quality children's book.  We turn down quite a few requests to share books here on Lille Punkin', because we like to keep our recommendations limited to the best available today.  I had the chance to read a wonderful book to my kids recently called Stay Close to Mama.  This book reflects a timeless theme of just how curious kids are, and yet, how a good mom will always keep an eye out to ensure the safety and security of her children.

Told in the setting of a giraffe habitat, this book emphasizes the wonder and delight of a young baby giraffe, and the patient, loving guidance of the mother.  It has all the makings of something my children would enjoy: striking illustrations, a family-friendly theme, and repetition.

Here is more about the creators of this treasure:
Toni Buzzeo is the author of several picture books for children, including The Sea Chest, illustrated by Mary GrandPre,Dawdle Duckling, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, and most recently No T.Rex in the Library, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. A School Library Media Specialist, Toni lives on an old farm in Buxton, Maine with her husband. Visit her at
Mike Wohnoutka has illustrated many children’s books, including the award-winning Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog by Patricia Harrison Easton,Mama’s Little Ducking by Marjorie Parker, and most recently Can’t Sleep without Sheep by Susanna Leonard Hill. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and two children. You can visit him at
My children really love this book.  It's one they have asked me to read over and over!

Check out the description page for Stay Close to Mama, and click "Learn More" for access to an exclusive Mother's Day Card!

Wanna win?  Hyperion is giving away one autographed copy to a lucky reader here at Lille Punkin!  To be entered to win, just comment with what you look for in a high-quality children's book.  You have until May 22nd at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One entry per person, please. We will pick one winner at random from all eligible entries. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents ages 18+. See our full rules here.

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*Review copy received.  Opinions are 100% my own.