The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson

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When I was born,
the first thing my mama told me
was my name.
Lucy remembers lots of things about her name. When she was two, Uncle David painted it on her step stool. When she was three, she scribbled it on the floor with an orange crayon. When she was four, she ate her very own plate of L-U-C-Y pancakes, one letter at a time.
Lucy is seven now. She can reach the sink without a stool, and she doesn't write on the floor anymore. But her name still goes with her everywhere. Lucy loves her name--and she loves Mama and Dad, who chose it just for her.

About Susan Marie Swanson

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SUSAN MARIE SWANSON is a visiting poet in schools and a contributing editor for the Riverbank Review. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.CHRISTINE DAVENIER is the illustrator of the award-winning Iris and Walter books, written by Elissa Haden Guest, and many other popular children's books. She lives in Paris, France.
Published May 1, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What Mama first told the little girl was her name and this becomes the device and unifying thread as she relates her special name memories from birth to age seven.

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