Stay Close To Mama by Toni BuzzeoStay Close To Mama by Toni Buzzeo

Stay Close To Mama

byToni BuzzeoIllustratorMike Wohnoutka

Hardcover | March 13, 2012

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In the wide, shining world there is so much to see, and Twiga is curious. But Twiga's tall, tall Mama wants her baby to stay close, stay safe from the dangers that lurk near each irresistible sweet smell and sparkling sight that Twiga finds.

With lyrical text and enchanting illustrations, this story of a mother's love will soothe and delight readers of all ages.
Toni Buzzeo is the author of several picture books for children, includingThe Sea Chest, illustrated by Mary GrandPre,Dawdle Duckling, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, and most recentlyNo T.Rexin the Library, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. A School Library Media Specialist, Toni lives on an old farm in Buxton, Maine with her husban...
Title:Stay Close To MamaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:32 pages, 11.25 × 10.5 × 0.35 inShipping dimensions:11.25 × 10.5 × 0.35 inPublished:March 13, 2012Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423134826

ISBN - 13:9781423134824

Appropriate for ages: 3


Editorial Reviews

A young giraffe repeatedly lands in dangerous situations when his curiosity gets the best of him. Concerned mama giraffe knows many threats exist on the African savanna, but her little Twiga ("giraffe" in Swahili) "is so curious." The "tall, tall mama leans close and whispers a warning, / No, little Twiga. Stay close, stay safe." Twiga's keen senses prove irresistible. He hears music in a thorny tree, sees sparkly water and smells the delicious fruit of the sausage tree. Each time he approaches the attractive object, a predator or serious discomfort-hyena, stinging ants, crocodile, cheetah-looms near. The clueless Twiga always manages to move onto the next pursuit just in time. Mama giraffe is often shown in the background looking worried. But Twiga, other than in the moment the ants crawl onto his nose, never learns the important lesson that being careful will surely save his life. Somehow all is forgiven after Twiga grabs the sweet fruit and returns to his mama at least until the next time. Overall there are many elements that seem off: the contradictory message, the sometimes-precious tone of the text and the disconnect between the textual description of the setting and what is shown in Wohnoutka's illustrations. The text describes "tall brown grass" and a "dusty plain," but the full-bleed spreads show mostly lush green landscapes dotted with flowers. Pass on this muddled effort. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-5)-Kirkus