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Book Title: Mama One, Mama Two|
The author of the book: Patricia MacLachlan
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: March 23rd 1982
ISBN 13: 9780060240820
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 23.93 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.1
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"Mama One, Mama Two" by Patricia MacLachlan is a third-person narrative that tells about the story of how a young girl was placed in foster care. The main character, Maudie, retells how, despite being very poor, she and her birth mother (Mama One) used to live happily together until Mama One became very unhappy one day for unknown reasons. This became such a problem that Mama One eventually sought help from a social worker who took Mama One to “a place where doctors and nurses could help her… a place where [she] could talk about being sad” and placed Maudie in a “for-a-while” home with a foster mom whom Maudie calls Mama Two.
As a teacher, I would use this text to address foster and single-parent families and to discuss some reasons why parents are not able to take care of their children anymore. Complemented by Ruth Lercher Bernstein’s lovely illustrations, MacLachlan manages to turn a sad situational story into a reassuring and uplifting tale that uses kid-friendly language (ex. “'for-a-while' home” instead of foster home, “Mama One, Mama Two” instead of birth mother and foster mom) and is appropriate for young children (On the way to her new foster home, the social worker explains to Maudie that, like how a bluebird migrates for the winter and returns in the spring, maybe Mama One will also come home in the spring.). MacLachlan also chooses to "show," and not tell about, depression through Mama One’s actions (ex. “She didn't paint bright pictures anymore… all her pictures were dark, and the yellowbirds were gone from the trees.”). I also appreciate that MacLachlan has personal experience from writing a series of journal articles on foster mothers that had a major impact on her life, which makes this story more genuine.
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Read information about the authorPatricia MacLachlan was born on the prairie, and to this day carries a small bag of prairie dirt with her wherever she goes to remind her of what she knew first. She is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb's Story; and Three Names, illustrated by Mike Wimmer. She lives in western Massachusetts.
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