Big Mama Makes the World

Big Mama Makes the World

by Phyllis Root, Illus. Helen Oxenbury

My children are all in double figures now, but when I was clearing out some of their baby books, this was one they would not part with.

The large-format illustrations by Helen Oxenbury (of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt fame) are beautiful on their own, and with text by Phyllis Root are at once funny and thoughtful.

Picturing God as a creative Big Mama, all of the days of creation are treated with a kindly wonder as Big Mama and her baby make a world, declaring it “very, very good”.

Big Mama is lonelyThen we see her with all the creatures she has made, sitting face in hands, and saying “I’m lonely” – then on the next page, a huge ball of mud filled with all sorts and shapes of people – bums and all!

This delightful re-telling of an ancient Bible story is perfect for bed-time or for reading to a group. In fact, I think I might use it at the mum’s and tot’s next week.

If my teenagers will let me borrow it.

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(Note: in the US this is Big Momma, while the UK version is Big Mama)

Available from your local bookstore, or online from Waterstones, Amazon etc.

ISBN: 978-0744573824, 48pp, 2002, Walker Books

About Phyllis Root


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