Little Mama Forgets

Robin Cruise; Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Every morning, Lucy tiptoes into her grandmother’s room to wake her with a gentle tickle. Little Mamá always remembers to tickle Lucy right back! But Lucy knows there are things her abuelita sometimes forgets – like the way to the park or how to tie her shoes. “Two long bunny ears like this,” Lucy shows her. Still, there’s much that Little Mamá remembers and shares: how to skip and dance, stories from Mexico, and plenty of hugs and kisses.
A lyrical text with Spanish words and phrases and vibrant art spiced with cultural details capture the give-and-take in this lively Hispanic family and celebrate the special bonds that exist between young and old.


Praise for Little Mama Forgets

"Swirls of movement and color are the backdrop for a story that might have been sad.  The story is bittersweet, but Lucy's ability to look on the bright side . . .  wrap the events in affection and warmth.  Children won't forget this." -- Starred, Booklist
"Brilliant illustrations accentuate Little Mama's zest for living, while celebrating Mexican-American family life . . . Extols the importance of memory and intergenerational relationships.  Warm and wise."  --Kirkus Reviews 
"Celebrates a family life sustained by happy memories and good times."  --Publishers Weekly
"Offers reassurance and hope to readers.  The universal themes of love and family dominate this tender, heartfelt story."  --School Library Journal

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  • Robin Cruise; Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

  • ROBIN CRUISE has previously written middle grade novels. This is her first picture book. She lives in San Diego, California.  STACEY DRESSEN-MCQUEEN’s Boxes for Katje, written by Candace Fleming, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book.She lives in Portland, Oregon.

  • Robin Cruise
  • Stacey Dressen-McQueen


Available Formats and Book Details

Little Mama Forgets

Robin Cruise; Pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Booklist Editors' Choice, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Charlotte Zolotow Award / Highly Commended
  • Hardcover