It’s Mother’s Day! (Or is that Mothers’ Day, as in a day belonging to all mothers?) Let’s celebrate by recognizing some raccoon mothers (from children’s books.)
- The Kissing Hand written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth Harper & Nancy Leak is a cute little tale about a mommy teaching her son not to be afraid to be away from her. It kicked off a series of books focusing on the son, Chester (the mom goes nameless; and thank goodness the writer avoided the temptation to alliterate his name.) I think it’s a shame how, as the books progressed, the illustration took on a more cartoon-like as opposed to the more whimsical style of the first one. Also, Chester is now marketed up the wazoo.
- If I Could (A Mother’s Promise) written by Susan Milord & illustrated by Christopher Denise details a mother and son raccoon enjoying a day together (in poem) and how the only thing she regrets (spoiler warning) is how she can’t love her son any more.
- Please Pick Me Up, Mama! written and illustrated by Robin Luebs is a board book about a mother and her young daughter playing.
I suppose there’s an emphasis on mothers and their children–so far as raccoons are concerned–since the males really don’t get involved in the rearing of the babies. Although I seriously doubt the realities of such a thing have much bearing on children’s books, although I don’t think I found anything involving daddy raccoons. I’ll have to search harder on Fathers’ Day (or is it Father’s Day?)