What's Special About Me, Mama? by Kristina Evans

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What's special about me, Mama?So many things, Love.Like what, Mama?Like your eyes, Love, and the way they tell amazing stories without any words.But everyone says I have your eyes. What's special about me? A boy wonders what exactly makes him unique among everyone else in his family. In rhythmically written, comforting answers, Mama lists his many wonderful traits, both physical attributes and behavior. Her son thinks all of those qualities are just little things, until Mama explains that there is nothing little about love. What's special about you, Love, is that you are loved more than anybody in the whole wide world--by me!Tell me again, Mama. 
This tender conversation between a parent and child is illustrated with bright and bold collage artwork portraying racial diversity. Together Kristina Evans and Javaka Steptoe have made an affirming book that will stand out among other "I love you" offerings.

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Author Bio: Kristina Evans is the author of The Best Easter Prize, illustrated by John Wallace, and Cherish Today: A Celebration of Life's Moments, illustrated by her husband, Bryan Collier. She is also a poet and a grade-school teacher. She lives in Marlboro, New York.Illustrator Bio: Javaka Steptoe (www.javaka.com) is an eclectic artist, designer, and illustrator whose debut work, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, earned him the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.  His most recent illustration projects include Rain Play by Cynthia Cotten, and Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published February 22, 2011 by Jump At The Sun. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Like Mama Do You Love Me and Guess How Much I Love You but with an entirely fresh look;

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Steptoe's (Amiri and Odette) collages show a quizzical boy with a face full of freckles and a family that cherishes him.

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