Where's My Mom?

Where's My Mom? - Julia Donaldson

Butterfly is helping monkey find his mother, only monkey is not very good with describing his mother to butterfly. It’s like playing twenty questions with butterfly. Butterfly begins by asking monkey a short questioning rhythm before they head off to look for his mother.   After they arrive at their destination, the mother animal is in their sight, monkey responds with another rhythm describing the animal that butterfly took him to.   Butterfly did take monkey to the correct describing word that monkey stated, only monkey should have explained his mother more thoroughly for butterfly to find monkey’s mother. For example: Monkey says his mother is bigger than him, so butterfly takes him to mother elephant.   Monkey says no, that’s an elephant. My mom’s not gray, doesn’t have tusks or a trunk. She doesn’t have baggy knees BUT her tail does coil around trees. So now, butterfly has another clue, coils and now butterfly takes them to another mother animal that coils.  Their adventure continues in this same format throughout the book, which I believe is wonderful as it builds on the animals traits. This makes children think about animals that “coil” – what animal could be next? I love that monkey talks about each of the animals traits and describes them too. The proportions within the illustrations are correct and I love the bright colorful pages. Butterfly himself is a funny looking character as his body is a butterfly yet his face is human with antennas.   I really enjoyed this fun children’s book and I think I will share it with classes with school resumes in the fall.