All About Mum personalised children’s book
Celebrate all the reasons you love Mummy with this bright story book from the children, illustrated with elephants and their jungle friends.
You can choose the person who the book is about eg Mum, Step-Mum, Grandma, Aunt etc.
Select how many children the book is from – if more than one child, all text will be changed to “We love, Our Mummy” etc. Printed with the child or children’s names as the author.
Printed with a personalised message so they can treasure the book as a keepsake in years to come– for example, “For my Mummy – love Oscar, with a little help from Daddy who did the typing!”.
Tips on writing your story:
- Read the story below so you can see how your answers fit in the sentence
- The story is written on behalf of the child
- Only use capitals where they are needed eg: proper names
- Remember punctuation if needed (commas etc)
- Include “the” if needed eg: “the park” and remember verbs eg: “playing football”.
- We read each book and will amend tenses etc, but will not amend your spelling or the content of your answer.
Printed to order with bright vivid colours and a laminated cover to protect your book. Be careful when entering your text in the form as we don’t amend spelling! Choose from the standard ‘Soft cover’ or upgrade to a beautiful perfect bound ‘Hard cover’, which is matt laminated to protect your book for years to come.
The personalised answers are shown in italics.
- – This Story belongs to (persons full name) (Who they are e.g.: Mummy)
- – (Our Mummy) keeps us safe, makes us happy when we are sad and comforts us when we are poorly.
- – (Our Mummy) makes life exciting by (Something they do e.g.: taking us to soft play to play with our friends and reading us bedtime stories every night.)
- – (Our Mummy) is very funny. She tells the silliest jokes and makes us laugh with (e.g. her little tickles)
- – (Our Mummy) cares for us, she’s always there for us, listens to us and makes us feel loved.
- – (Our Mummy) is our best friend and she helps us everyday by (Something she does to help you eg: helping Olivia make friends at baby groups and Ben learn his alphabet.)
- – (Our Mummy) is the most beautiful Mummy in the whole world. She looks amazing in (clothes she likes e.g.: her red dress)
- – (Our Mummy) makes our house a home by (Something she does eg: making sure there are enough cushions on the sofa, which Dad loves!)
- – (Our Mummy) is very loving. She loves us more than anything… even more than (something Mum loves alot eg Chocolate or Ryan Gosling movies!)
- – (Our Mummy) gives the biggest and warmest hugs ever! We love it when she snuggles in bed with us, reading bedtime stories.
- – (Our Mummy) is one in a million and the best (Mummy) ever!
24 pages, 210x250mm when flat (a little shorter than A4)
Amazing Mum Memory Book | Martha Brook
This stunning hardback memory book is personalised with two lines of text of your choice as shown in the example photos. A delightful Mother’s Day gift for Mum – fill it yourself, or give it ready for her to add her own memories in!
Inside are super thick white pages, which are perfect for writing messages or sticking in photos or other mementoes.
The book has extra thick hardback covers that feel luxurious to touch and is wiro-bound so it can be easily flipped open and laid flat to write in. An optional personalised inside cover page can be added, which is made from a lovely thicker soft blue paper.
- A range of stunning colour options
- Choice of gold, silver or copper foiling
- Dimensions: the book measures 21.3cm x 30.3cm with A4 sized pages inside
- It is filled with super thick blank white paper, with the option to add a personalised soft blue inside cover page.
Lovingly made by hand in our West London studio. The luxury hardback covers are coated in a specialist book cover material that feels soft to the touch and printed with real foil. Unlike leather, the covers of the book will wipe clean with a soft or damp cloth. The book is filled with 100 pages (50 sheets) of super thick (175gsm) blank white paper with the option to add a personalised inner soft blue page.
Product size = Extra Small
UK standard delivery (1-3 days) = 95p
UK Express Next Day Delivery = £5.95
International delivery = £1.75 to Europe and the Rest of the World
Product size = Small
UK standard delivery (1-3 days) = £1.75
UK Express Next Day Delivery = £5.95
International delivery = £2.75 to Europe and £2.95 the Rest of the World
Product size = Small
UK standard delivery (1-3 days) = £1.75
UK Express Next Day Delivery = £5.95
Please note all softback notebooks will be shipped directly from Australia.
Standard delivery 3-4 days: $8
Express delivery 1-2 days: $11
International delivery = £2.75 to Europe and £2.95 the Rest of the World
Product size = Medium
UK standard delivery (1-3 days) = £2.75
UK Express Next Day Delivery = £5.95
International delivery = £6.95 to Europe and £8.95 the Rest of the World
Product size = Large
UK standard delivery (1-3 days) = £4.95
UK Express Next Day Delivery = £5.95
International delivery = £9.95 to Europe and £13.95 the Rest of the World
Book Mum Some Me Time
This Mother’s Day, give the gift of a great story, and well deserved ‘me time’ to unwind, escape and be inspired.
While we may not have had the chance to travel abroad, gift the mothers in your life a literary escape – spanning from ancient Greece to the forgotten libraries in Paris. From International New York Times Bestselling novels to stories crafted on our shores at home, we cannot think of a better gift to celebrate the mothers in our lives.
Other Women – Cathy Kelly
Bestselling author Cathy Kelly brings you a refreshingly honest story about female friendship and marriage – and all the great loves of our life. Three women.Three secrets.Three tangled lives. In the messy reality of marriage, family and romance, sometimes it’s the women in our lives who hold us together.
Dear Mum – Samuel Johnson
From the team who gave you the bestselling DEAR SANTA, DEAR DAD and HEROES NEXT DOOR comes an honest, moving, emotionally memorable collection of letters to their mothers from some of Australia’s most notable notables. The perfect gift for the mum (or mum figure) in your life!
The Warsaw Orphan – Kelly Rimmer
Kelly Rimmer, bestselling Australian author of Truths I Never Told You and The Things We Cannot Say, has penned her most meticulously researched and emotionally compelling novel to date. Inspired by the real-life heroine who smuggled thousands of Jewish children to safety during WWII, the powerful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author.
My Daughter’s Wedding – Gretel Killeen
My Daughter’s Wedding is both hilarious and profound as it explores the confounding complexity, wild terrain, mountains, valleys and quicksand found in three generations of mother-daughter love.
The Road Trip – Beth O’Leary
What if the end of the road is just the beginning? Two exes reach a new level of awkward when forced to take a road trip together in this endearing and humorous novel by the author of the international bestseller The Flatshare.
Three Weddings and a Proposal – Sheila O’Flanagan
At the first wedding, there’s a shock. The second wedding is unexpected. By the third, Delphie thinks nothing could surprise her. But she’s wrong. The gripping new novel from the author of the No. 1 bestsellers THE WOMEN WHO RAN AWAY and THE MISSING WIFE.
The Performance – Claire Thomas
From Melbourne author Claire Thomas comes an Australian literary fiction which touts wit and beauty. Timely as ever, this intergenerational feminist novel takes place over the space of a single theatre performance. Nearby, bushfires are engulfing the hills outside. Safe within the walls of the theatre, we encounter three women from vastly different walks of life; Margot a university professor, facing a difficult relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy, a philanthropist with a murky past, and Summer, a theatre usher, distracted by the thought of her girlfriend, stuck in the fire zone. Deeply affecting in nature, this intimate novel reveals the power of art in making us turn inward, as our leading characters grapple with notions of identity, shame and prejudice. A must read!
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
The International Bestseller and the Reese Witherspoon book club pick. Where the Crawdads Sing has been dubbed ‘Unforgettable’, ‘A rare achievement’ and ‘Vivid and original’. For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
Ariadne – Jennifer Saint
Read the brilliant feminist debut that everyone is taking about.
In the vein of Circe, A Song of Achilles and The Silence of the Girls comes Ariadne, a shimmering fiction debut which transports readers to ancient Greece in feminist retelling of the forgotten women of one of the most famous Greek myths. Read the book which has been dubbed as immersive, mesmerizing, relevant and revelatory.
From debut novelist, and lifelong mythology afficionado Jennifer Saint comes a riveting tale of myth and truth, love, sacrifice, and betrayal.
The Zookeeper of Belfast – S. Kirk Walsh
A stunning World War Two novel for fans of Natasha Lester, Heather Morris, Kate Furnivall, Mandy Robotham, based on a true story.
As the bombs rain down on the city, Belfast’s first ever female zookeeper must fight to save the baby elephant in her charge in this gripping, uplifting tale based on a true story. A story sure to resonate with the mothers in your life- one that depicts what one woman’s courage and tenacity can achieve in the direst of circumstances
The Paris Library – Janet Skeslien Charles
The instant New York Times bestseller, inspired by the true story of the librarians at the American Library in Paris who risked their lives during the Nazis’ war on words: a story of courage, defiance, and betrayal in Occupied Paris, perfect for fans of All the Light We Cannot See and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Janet Skeslien Charles is an award-winning author with over a decade’s worth of roaming the streets of Paris and researching in its libraries.
American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins
Read the book which became an Instant New York Times Bestseller, and an instant Sunday Times top Ten Bestseller. With almost 1.5 Million copies sold globally. An extraordinary story of the lengths a mother will go to to save her son, American has sold over a million copies worldwide. It is time to read what you’ve been missing.
Lydia Perez owns a bookshop in Acapulco, Mexico, and is married to a fearless journalist. Luca, their eight-year-old son, completes the picture. But it only takes a bullet to rip them apart.
Skepta, Jme and Julie Adenuga’s mum is releasing a book
Skepta, Jme and Julie Adenuga’s mum is releasing a book
‘Endless Fortune’ is being co-published by Boy Better Know
Ify Adenuga, the mother of Skepta, Jme, Julie and Jason Adenuga, has announced Endless Fortune, a new memoir.
Set for release on October 15th, the book will tell the story of how Adenuga went from being a “penniless student in a foreign country” to “becoming the mother of four of the most successful creatives working in Great Britain today.”
As well as telling Adenuga’s life story, including her uprooting from Nigeria to London in 1980, the book will feature stories of the Adenuga children’s upbringing. Writing on her website, Ify Adenuga said: “My overall objective here is two-fold. First, is to inform both my children and subsequent grandchildren about my life growing up & how different it is to theirs – an opportunity I missed with my own parents.
“Second of all, is to recognise and appreciate all diasporas, regardless of where they call home.”
Endless Fortune will be co-published by Boy Better Know and Own It! and is available for pre-order here.
Read next: ‘Grime MC’: Jme’s latest project is a lesson in authenticity in the social media age
The best parenting books every mum should read in 2020
2020 is shaping up to be a brilliant year for books and if you’re looking for something a) relatable b) something that can help you transform your life (or both, like some included in our round-up) you’re in luck…
In this article:
We’ve rounded up 14 of the best parenting books that deserve a spot on your bookshelf this year. Don’t have time to sit and read a book? Try an audiobook instead – check out Amazon Audible for a free 30-day trial.
From Giovanna’s long-awaited Letters on Motherhood to laugh out loud fiction that will leave your bewildered toddler asking ‘what’s so funny, mummy?’ we’ve got it all.
The best parenting books 2020:
Letters on Motherhood is a collection of heartfelt and deeply personal letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today.
Expect personal stories of her own family life, including coping with mum guilt, finding work/family life, positive body image and rediscovering a sense of identity.
Fed up with the lack of diversity in the mummy blogger community, Candice began posting her powerful observations of motherhood in society and how black mothers are wholly unrepresented.
This highly-anticipated book is a guide to life as a black mother and how to face different hurdles that aren’t often discussed including white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias. A must-read.
The Zen Mama is a glorious guide to helping you work out what sort of mum you are, and want to be, and how you can create the perfect family situation that suits you and your children – no matter what anyone else thinks. It’s empowering and helps mums to put away the internal guilt and external judgement, because all that matters is how happy you and your little ones are, and how your family grows and develops in a way that fits all your needs and personalities.
The book aims to help you nurture your children into brave, confident, happy creatures who aren’t afraid to try new things or admit what makes them tick. It’s a lot more practical than you might think, with helpful interactive pages, plus Sarah is honest about the realities of family life – it’s full of laughter and heart-warming messages from real mamas throughout.
Perfect for mums in search of their own piece of calm, mum influencer Izzy Judd has compiled a collection of simple exercises and activities to help soothe anxious minds.
Included are exercises both for you to do alone and with your children of all ages, giving them their own tools to help remain happy and peaceful too.
Laura Dockrill had an idyllic pregnancy and couldn’t wait to meet her new baby. But as she went into labour things began to go wrong and Laura started to struggle. A traumatic birth, anxiety about the baby, sleep deprivation, a slow recovery – all these things piled up until Laura (like any new mum) felt overwhelmed.
A harrowing book which will make you feel less alone if you are going through post-birth trauma.
Find yourself doing most of the cleaning, cooking and child-rearing?
The Home Stretch is a fascinating investigation into how we got here and what the future could look like for feminism’s final frontier: the domestic labour gap.
Perpetually overwhelmed? You’re going to love this new book from Katie Kirby, creator of parenting blog Hurrah for Gin.
From the worry spiral that keeps you up at 3AM, to maintaining a professional aura when you can’t stand other people – this is for everyone struggling to stay afloat.
From author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks. this hilarious book will have you (and your partner) in stitches!
Gill Sims is behind the hugely-successful parenting blog and Facebook site ‘Peter and Jane’ and her content is very relatable. Add to your shopping basket, ASAP.
If you’re a fan of the cleaning-mad Mrs Hinch, you will love her latest book which encourages you to take time out of your hectic schedule and breathe.
The Activity Journal is jam-packed with activity ideas, mindfulness cues and plenty of dedicated space for your own ‘hinching’ lists.
A hilariously candid account of one woman’s quest to bring her post-baby marriage back from the brink, with life-changing, real-world advice. Part fiction, part memoir, we bet you’ll devour this in a matter of days. We did!
This brilliant and joyful book is about Amy’s journey after falling pregnant age 24 and how she navigates through motherhood as a single mum.
Amy’s recollections of raising her son Freddy without a father debunk the misconceptions that often surround single mums, while also providing an honest, hilarious and wonderfully frank portrait of parenting highs and lows – something all families will relate to.
Philippa Perry has been a psychotherapist for the past twenty years and sure enough, knows a thing or two about child behaviour. In her bestselling help book, she explains how to parent without the guilt and how we should be more forgiving to ourselves.
Truly, a must-have for any parent’s bookshelf.
Anxiety is making motherhood a less pleasant, more fraught and pressured experience, and you do not have to accept joy-sapping worry and energy-draining overthinking as part of the motherhood job description. In Mind Over Mother, Anna Mathur, psychotherapist and mum of three, explains how to:
- Understand anxiety, why it affects you and what to do about it
- Make your mind a kinder, calmer, happier place to be
- Transform your motherhood experience by addressing your thinking
Mind Over Mother is full of light bulb moments of realisationn and will have you learning, laughing and loving yourself through the journey of motherhood.
Discussing the realities most working mums face, plus the impact of maternal mental health, former M&B columnist Louise is on a mission to make other mums feel less alone, and very much heard. She beautifully reveals her own imperfect but perfect route to motherhood, as well as the loss of her mum so early in her life, how it shaped her and the mother she became.
For each book sold Bonnier Books UK shall donate 1% of net receipts and Louise Pentland shall donate 100% of her royalties to the NSPCC.
Kids’ Book Review: Review: You’re The Best, Mum!
Mums often hear the sentiment, ‘You’re the best, Mum!’ from their adoring offspring. The unconditional
love youngsters possess for their mothers, is the stuff the best heart-tugging
movies and tear-jerking works of fiction are made of, almost too good to be
true let alone believe.
When you’re having frumpy day, a child’s sweet
conviction that you are the most divine creature on earth can buoy you past the
thermosphere, which is to say, very very high up.
But is this because of the way we make them feel? And if
so, what innocent acts of lovingness incite such strong bonds between a mother
and her child? The answers snuggle delightfully between the covers of Charles
Fuge’s latest Little
Wombat picture book, You’re the Best
Voiced in lilting first person rhyming verse, Little
Wombat describes all the best bits about his mum, from the minute he wakes up
to the moment he rests his weary head against her chest. Thankfully the
anthropomorphic attributes such as hair brushing are kept to a bare minimum; Fuge’s soft-toned water coloured
illustrations are more than enough to convey the affectionate relationship
between mother and offspring.
Mum is there through Little Wombat’s day, all day,
every day, guiding him, teaching him. Like many mums, she has the ability to
ground and comfort, nurture and astound. She is a full time playmate, a joker, a
clown but still someone he can turn to when things get scary and life gets him
down. In short, his mum is like a big beautiful band-aid, the special colourful
kind that always takes away the hurt and replaces it with smiles, which feature
extensively throughout this book.
I love the light and shade Fuge employs in Little
Wombat’s story along with the cute additions of some iconic Aussie creatures.
There’s even a pair of Budgies! You’re The
Best, Mum! is not just an endearing picture book that is more than at home
as a bedtime story but also a loving affirmation of the quality of motherhood
and the profound relationship between mother and child.
Be sure to enter our Mother’s
Day Giveaway competition, open until Saturday 8 May, for your chance to win
a copy of this special new release.
Title: You’re The Best, Mum!
Author / Illustrator: Charles Fuge
Publisher: Walker Books Australia $24.99
Publication Date: April 2021
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book
The Five Books I Needed To Read When My Mum Died Of Cancer
My mum died of cancer when I was 19. It remains the worst day of my life so far, and it will take a stupidly-shitty thing to top it. At first it weighed on me physically, how bent the world seemed without her in it. I wanted to vomit all the time, but it was a spiritual and emotional sickness, and couldn’t be easily expelled from my body.
As the years passed, the world grew into a new shape. No less confusing or sad, and no less fractured, yet full of a whole set of new blessings I could recognise. I found new people to call my family, to love and protect daily, with a new appreciation, and admittedly fear of, how short a life can be.
I often think about how I got through, and am still endeavouring to get through, the most part of a decade without her. There is no real cure, I realise. Time certainly helps, although with time passing also comes the fading of my memories of her, which sucks, and creates its own pain.
Little moments of synchronicity are powerful potions, too. When people come into my life who echo my mum’s wisdom, or turns of phrase, or when life takes me in a direction I feel for certain must be orchestrated by her.
But mostly, I’ve taken solace in books (particularly memoirs), written by people reflecting on their own loss. These pages full of truthful reflections on the worst part of human experience — losing the ones we love most — reach a hand out to those caught in a similar, aching state. They deliver a powerful yet simple message. You’re not alone, even if you feel that you are.
Grief, although isolating, is deeply universal. We all unfortunately must walk down its road at some stage. These books offer a roadmap of how other human beings did it, and still actively do it.
My top five books for the grieving are:
‘The Rules of Inheritance’ by Claire Bidwell Smith.
Claire, an only child, was 14 when both her parents were diagnosed with cancer. Her mum died when she was 18, her dad when she was 25. Heartbreakingly, she writes that she was suddenly ‘no one’s special person’. This memoir is an honest and well-crafted examination of grief, as well as a coming of age tale.
Claire falls down and gets back up many times over many years, before finally finding some semblance of healing. Claire is now a trained grief counsellor, having experienced mourning in full force during her life. The memoir is being made into a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, so get in quick before the movie.
‘The Spare Room’ by Helen Garner.
Garner, the Australian matriarch of writing about difficult subjects, explores grief before death in her short but powerful novel. Helen looks after her friend Nicola who is very sick, but in denial about her condition. What follows are three arduous weeks caring for a woman who is dying and yet insists on seeing alternative therapists who promise they will heal her.
This is an important novel — I say novel but in true Garner style it is a memoir for all intents and purposes — for a couple of reasons. It exposes the fear and denial of death that anyone unlucky enough to have an untreatable form of cancer experiences — it’s an icky, uncomfortable subject that we culturally sweep under the rug. It also gives permission to those caring for them to feel all shades of emotion, including red hot anger.
‘The Opposite Of Loneliness’ by Marina Keegan.
This collection of personal essays was published posthumously, after promising-young writer Marina Keegan died in a car accident. No, it’s not a book about grief at all, quite the opposite; it’s about life and youth from the perspective of a bright-eyed, intelligent writer.
But, the 22-year-old’s death frames the book. It wouldn’t have been published had she not died. Her parents and college professor brought it out to the world to share an early sample of the writer Marina may have become.
As readers we share in her family’s loss and are awoken to the message its author may not have intended to promote: That life is short and we never know when it will be snatched from us. Enjoy it with passion and purpose while you can.
‘Swimming In A Sea Of Death’ by David Rieff.
This short memoir didn’t go down very well with critics, but that doesn’t stop me putting in a recommendations list. In fact, it further propels me to do so.
David Rieff, journalist and only child of the prolific writer Susan Sontag, writes about his mother’s cancer experience with rawness. This is the reason the critics didn’t like it: It was not well formed, didn’t discuss Sontag’s life and fame enough, and it was written quickly, perhaps hastily. But we need these kinds of stories. When mothers get cancer, we need rawness, realness, and quick thinking from our best writers.
A bit like Garner in ‘The Spare Room’living with her desperate-to-survive friend, David is confused about the ethics of his position as his mother’s sounding board. Sontag doesn’t want to die, to the very end of her life she rejects the notion. Does he tell her what she wants so desperately to hear? Or does he reveal his concern that she may not beat this, as her medical results show?
‘The End Of Your Life Book Club’ by Will Schwalbe.
Will Schwalbe, a New-York-based editor and publisher, takes to the page himself in his moving memoir about his mother’s illness and the power of books to communicate messages we may have trouble speaking about out loud.
In 2007, Mary Schwalbe was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. She and son Will would often discuss what books they were reading to pass the time in waiting rooms and during long chemo sessions. During one conversation, they discovered they were reading the same book. This spurred the idea to start a mother and son book club, as the memoir’s title suggests.
Ultimately, this is a story of a son’s love and admiration for his amazing mother. It’s also a reminder of how certain books can help us articulate what may be too difficult to put into words.
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Why Do We Remember Some Books And Forget Others?
There are many reasons why reading can be therapeutic. Known as bibliotherapy, taking to books to seek wisdom and clarity when going through any form of existential crisis is a healing technique recommended by many counsellors and psychologists (and no doubt librarians).
The trick, in my experience, is to select the book/s carefully. There is some debate over what genre works best for therapy. Some argue didactic works, like self-help books, are the most helpful. Others believe it is in the whimsy of fiction that one can seek refuge from reality. It really comes down to personal preference, but my pick is the genre in-between: Memoir.
First-person accounts of complex experiences such as grief offer a raw and truthful depiction of a lived experience that may not be spoken about as eloquently, or as often, outside of the pages of a book. If nothing else, a memoir is proof that someone else has gone through something of what the reader is or has, and has triumphed over their pain enough to communicate the nuances of the experience.
Of course, there’s no way to read away life’s dark patches, but a good book can be articulate company for the oft-lonesome journey.
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90,000 Employees of the Moscow library found a reader in the book “Cry of the Soul”
This was a forgotten letter addressed to my mother
A letter written around the 90s was found in one of the Moscow libraries. The young reader forgot the message addressed to her mother in the library book.
As the “MK” was told in the library of the brothers Grimm of the Central Library System of the Central Administrative District, employees found greetings from the past during the revision of old books – between the pages of the story “Olya” by Fyodor Knorre there was a large letter on six pages.The message was addressed to the mother of the reader. Apparently, it was the “cry from the heart” of a teenage girl, whose family recently had a new person – her stepfather. The schoolgirl told her mother about her pain, that she was not understood in the family. The teenager accused her mother of loving her new husband more than her own daughter.
“And maybe I am writing this letter on purpose, in the secret hope that you will find it. I hope that if you do not hear or see me, then at least you will understand after reading this letter.I won’t be surprised if you don’t read it, but just know: I love you! ” – the girl wrote in a letter.
Unfortunately, since the letter remained forgotten in the book, my mother, apparently, did not read it. But the library staff assure that it helped them to understand and rethink a lot. After all, many of them have children, and this letter from an unknown schoolgirl helped them think about their relationship.
“We will keep the letter and leave it in the book that we previously wanted to write off,” shared the head of the library Sofia Ivanova.“It will be stored on a shelf in the reading room. After reading, tears involuntarily rolled down from my eyes, and goose bumps ran through my body. What a pity that so much time has passed that it is impossible now to find this family and read this letter to them. My daughter is now 20 years old, and we also had misunderstandings sometimes, and she also left her personal diary in prominent places. After reading the letter, I realized that many teenagers go through these experiences, and I am not the worst mother.
The library also added that the letter is not the only find among the books.Usually, with them, readers turn in items that they use instead of bookmarks. “Most often these are tickets, clothes tags and even leaves,” the library said.
Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 28602 dated August 16, 2021
The letter forgotten between the pages turned out to be no worse for librarians than a book
90,000 Reading – Books about Mom
- Review author: TV Channel Soyuz
Books about mom. Alyosha’s mom. Money bag. How to love mom. I am leading my mother.
Mom – first word,
The main word in every destiny.
Mom gave life,
The world gave me and you.
Who does not know the words of this wonderful song, which is performed by Mikhail Sergeevich Boyarsky and Lyudmila Markovna Gurchenko in the musical fairy tale “Mama”. This song sounded in the houses of the first Soviet, and now the Russian audience, since 1977, and loving children still sing it to their mothers. And sometimes the mothers themselves, wiping away a tear, repeat their favorite words. And all because a mother for many children is the most beloved and dear person on earth. And it is no coincidence that on the last Sunday of November, our country celebrates Mother’s Day, the purpose of which is “to support the traditions of caring for women, to consolidate family foundations, to especially note the importance of the main person in our life – Mother”.And today we bring to your attention books that are dedicated to mom! These books are discussed later in the program.
So, today we bring to your attention four books, on the pages of which the authors tell fairy-tale or life stories, read poems dedicated to mothers. The first of the presented books is called – “Alyosha’s Mom, or Where Doubts Lead in Simple Truths” . It was published by the Sisterhood Publishing House in the name of St. Ignatius of Stavropol and contains a fabulous story that happened to the boy Alyosha.And the following happened to him. Left alone at home, the boy begins to get bored and at this time an evil wizard appears in his room in the guise of a little man, who offers Alyosha various games. However, all these games are unsafe and contrary to mom’s instructions. Alyosha’s refusal does not bother the insidious tempter at all, and he by any means tries to force the boy to violate maternal prohibitions.
Throughout the fairy tale, the author Peter Gavrilin, through the image of a mother, shows young readers: what can happen if you forget about the commandments of God and live, indulging your desires in everything.And, in addition, he gives simple evidence that God exists and that He cares about us, and even if we do not see Him, we feel this care. The whole book is divided into small chapters, which either preface the words from the Gospel, or from the works of famous writers. So, for example, the epigraph of the first chapter was the words of F.M. Dostoevsky: “If there is no God, then everything is permitted.”
And then the author reveals these words in such an unusual way: The evil wizard, who called himself Yeskel, invited Alyosha to play with matches, to which the boy replied.
“Mom won’t let you.” – What kind of mom? – a strange little man named Jeskel was so amazed that he did not know that all little boys should have a mother. “Mine,” answered Alyosha, more and more surprised by the strange questions of his new friend. “Where is she?” Yeskel asked. “She’s not there,” said Alyosha. “And how could someone who is not there forbid you to play with matches? If mom is not there, then everything is allowed. ” “Why not? – Alyosha was surprised at how Jeskel turned everything upside down. “I haven’t seen her.”“The fact that you have never seen her does not mean that she is not there, – offended Alyosha for his mother.” From this conversation, we see how an evil man confuses the boy, trying to lead him to the idea that since mom is not there and she does not see, then everything is possible. Doesn’t it happen in our life when, thinking that there is no God and everything is allowed, a person does many bad deeds in life, and therefore gets into very unpleasant stories. And it’s good if in the end he repents, as the hero of a fairy tale does, and everything ends well.Read about the adventures of the boy Alyosha on the pages of the book – “Alyosha’s mother”.
The next book, which will be discussed, was published by the Publishing House of Dmitry Kharchenko and is called – “Money Bag” . Its author, Tatiana Dashkevich, tells the following story. A single mother brings up her nine-year-old son Vasily and collects money for the construction of the temple. Once a package with a large amount of money disappears. After him, the boy disappears, with whom an almost incredible story happens.Although, it may be usual. The fact is that, quite by accident, Vasya confused the bag, which contained a lot of money collected by many of his mother’s efforts, and threw it into the trash. And when he found out, he went to the city dump to find this unfortunate bag. At the junkyard, he met people who are not considered as such in society, and they help the boy find his money. So, worrying about his mother, Vasya forgets about himself and goes to the place where it is scary, but he overcomes fear for the sake of his mother. Well, the author assures the reader with this story: miracles, perhaps, are not often, but they happen in our time.
The next book published by the Grain Publishing House is called – “How to Love Mom” . It contains kind, instructive, sincere stories, tales and parables of the writer Stanislav Breyer. They will help little readers learn honesty, kindness and love for others. The first story is called “How to Love Mother”. “One boy’s mother fell ill, and he was so scared that he could not even call an ambulance, but just looked at her in silence. But then my mother felt better, it turned out that she had a seizure, and now it’s gone.The boy rushed to his mother, sobbed loudly, pressed against her and began to kiss her face and hands, and she stroked his head and quietly said: “Did you think that I left you? How can I leave you? .. And he kissed her palms with cracks from work in the garden, which a few minutes ago were unpleasant to him, but now they suddenly became the most beautiful in the whole world. And the boy thought: “This is what I understood: mom needs to be loved every minute of her life as if she first died, and the son or daughter was very scared, and then mom suddenly came to life… “” What are you whispering? ” Mom asked, stroking his naughty whirlwinds. And it turns out that he accidentally out loud thought about his discovery … ”I think this discovery is very simple, but most often we do not make it for ourselves, therefore we often treat moms, and not only moms, rudely. To prevent this from happening, read the short but instructive stories collected in the pages of this book.
Well, we will move on to the last book, which is a collection of poems by Natalya Kapustyuk entitled “I am leading my mother by the hand” .The book was published by the Publishing House of the Belarusian Exarchate in the series “Sunny Bunny”. The publishers write about this series: “Who is a sunny bunny? Some serious adults think it’s just a glimpse of light. Let me disagree with them. Not just a reflection, but a reflection of the sun! And besides, how can “just a glimpse” cause a smile from everyone who meets him? And a sunny bunny – maybe! Seeing a sunny bunny, a naughty boy, an excellent girl, a strict teacher, and a tired grandmother smile.Such a bunny never sleeps, because when we have night, somewhere on the other side of the Earth is day. He knows different stories, because, flying at the speed of light, he looks into the most distant corners of the world. There are so many of these stories that I want to share them with friends. But, unfortunately, not everyone knows how to listen to the sunbeam. But those who were able to hear his stories, write them down so as not to forget and tell others in the colorful books of the “Sunny Bunny” series.
Natalya Konstantinovna Kapustyuk became one of these storytellers.She lives in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, works as a teacher of the Russian language and literature. In addition, she is the deputy editor of the animal newspaper “My Favorite Beast”. For many years he writes for children, is the author of numerous publications in newspapers, magazines and collective collections. And here is one of the poems of Natalia Konstantinovna, which was included in this collection. True, it is dedicated not to mother, but to grandmother, but after all, grandmother is also a mother. And today we congratulate not only mothers, but also grandmothers!
Well, the poem is called “” Grandma’s granddaughter. “
I look like my grandmother:
Blue gaze, eyebrow spread …
Maybe a little younger,
Only all this will pass!
We are like two girlfriends,
Me and my grandmother.
And funny freckles
She and me!
We will weed the carrots with her,
I’ll pour it out of a watering can.
Grandfather will praise: “Ay da Poly,
I love you girls! ”
In Russian literature, more than once a heartfelt word about mother sounded, and many of the works touched the invisible strings of the reader’s souls with touching declarations of love for their dear mother. The stories collected in these books are also dedicated to the closest and dearest person in the world – mom. Mom is the first word a person utters, he takes the first step with her, learns from her the first prayer.Raising and raising children is not easy. A mother is ready to sacrifice the most dear, sometimes her life, for the sake of children, for their happiness. Let us also love our mothers, with the same tenderness and care! Congratulations to our mothers on the holiday!
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In Novosibirsk, the teacher made a scandal because of the mother’s delay in kindergarten | SOCIETY
A resident of Novosibirsk was outraged by the behavior of a kindergarten teacher in the Leninsky district.The fact is that the mother did not manage to pick up her daughter in time, and as a result, the teacher threatened to turn the child over to the police.
The woman said that on Thursday, August 12, she traveled from the Red Torch stop for almost an hour and a half due to traffic jams. When the Siberian woman realized that she would not have time to pick up the child, she warned that she might be late.
“I was late, in the end, not for long – about fifteen minutes. I apologized to the teacher and offered to take her home, or pay for a taxi, to which I heard: “I should have handed her over to the police, I would have taken her from there.And in general, your child should not be in the garden already at 18:45, I have other things to do, “” the woman wrote on the revizor.nsk page on the Instagram social network. the child needs to plan their time more carefully.
“Moreover, my daughter and I were literally thrown out the door, they said, they say, you’ll get dressed on the street. I took the child’s things and left, ”the offended woman wrote.
Now the parent intends to reach the head of the kindergarten, and if she does not help, higher.
The opinions of subscribers in the comments were divided. Someone took the side of the mother, noting the rudeness of the teacher, and someone supported the teacher – they say, she is not obliged to spend her non-working time on someone else’s child.
Lawyers note that such things should be spelled out in the charter of the kindergarten, with which parents should be introduced. But, in general, if the child is not taken from the kindergarten, he is left unattended and falls under the law “On the basics of the system for the prevention of neglect and juvenile delinquency”, so the actions of the teacher to contact the police may be correct.
Let’s remind, earlier the commission accepted the scandalous kindergarten “Lesnaya Skazka” near Novosibirsk.
90,000 “How did you survive?” The story of a boy called the world’s most premature baby
Before Richard, children with a lower body weight were born (a new record was set in Singapore – 212 grams), but much later in pregnancy. Today doctors say: everything that happened to the Hutchinson family is a real miracle.
Prepared for the worst, but the child survived
Richard’s parents, 36-year-old Elizabeth Hutchinson and 40-year-old Rick Hutchinson, waited a long time for their baby to be born. In 2018, Beth lost her baby at an early stage, then she was diagnosed with health problems. Doctors were preparing a woman for surgery on the uterus, suspecting a tumor there, but a few days before the ultrasound intervention, they saw that no treatment would be required – the “tumor” turned out to be a fetus with a gestational age of several weeks.
Beth was determined to keep the pregnancy at all costs, she took great care of herself and trusted the doctors. But exactly half of the term, during a routine examination, the doctor stated that the expectant mother was about to start premature birth. It was no longer possible to stop them: when Beth was in the hospital, she was already in labor. “I was completely unprepared for this,” Beth later recalled. She even had to ask her husband to collect a bag of things, since nothing of what might be needed after giving birth was not yet ready.
Doctors at the Children’s Center in Minneapolis who delivered the baby were confident of a poor outcome. It is customary here to reanimate babies starting from the 22nd week, because until this time the child’s body is still too immature to be ready for intensive therapy. Usually, such severely premature babies were left with their parents, giving the opportunity to say goodbye, but they did not take any active resuscitation actions.
Beth, too, immediately began to prepare for the worst, but she simply refused to believe that she would lose this child too.The woman asked to take the child to the intensive care unit and give him a chance. Little Richard, despite serious health problems, did not die immediately after birth, and the doctors decided to take a chance. I had to improvise literally on the go: none of the team of neonatologists had any previous experience in nursing such crumbs.
Mom touched her son, and his saturation rose
Struggle for life and “graduate from intensive care”. Photo: https://abcnews.go.com/ and https://people.com/
Richard was born with the thinnest transparent skin, through which blood vessels, bones and internal organs were visible.Instead of developed lungs, he had as if small air sacs, with the help of which it was impossible to breathe. Oxygen did not enter the baby’s brain, he needed to constantly inject intravenous fluid, which during pregnancy he could receive through the umbilical cord of the mother, and also maintain blood pressure. The baby was lying, all entangled in thin tubes, on a ventilator. At the expense of what he continued to live, at first it was not clear even to the doctors.
But the parents understood everything.The father of the family, who immediately arrived at the hospital, spoke unequivocally: we are a family and do not abandon our own. Rika supported Elizabeth: “Then we both thought it was just not an option for the baby to die. I knew he had a chance. ”
Neonatologist Stacey Kern, who became Richard’s attending physician, however, constantly reminded parents that they could lose their son at any time. Nobody gave them false hopes, but dad and mom were allowed to be around. With a joint stay, of course, there were difficulties: due to the pandemic, it was forbidden to stay in the hospital overnight, and Beth and Rick came every day from another city to stay with their son.
At first they were afraid to even touch him – so fragile and tiny was little Richard. But then – and Dr. Stacey Kern herself witnessed this – something happened that decided the fate of the most premature baby in the world.
Once Beth put her hand into the incubator and stroked her son. “She puts her hand on him, and suddenly his saturation reaches 80, and then 90. Then I thought, everything is very simple, it turns out, he needed his mother,” recalls the neonatologist.
While on oxygen and with a probe, but they promise to remove the tubes soon
In total, Richard spent six months in the hospital, two of them on a ventilator.He was able to gain weight, mature, and by the time he was discharged, he turned into an almost ordinary baby. The boy’s parents say that the first month of Richard’s stay in intensive care was the most difficult: coming every day to the hospital, they did not know if they would find their son alive. Once they were even taken to the incubator to say goodbye, but Richard was able to cope with the crisis and went on the mend.
During these six months, in addition to caring for and praying for the health of the firstborn, the Hutchinsons were forced to raise funds to pay for his hospital stay.Elizabeth managed to attract charitable donations, in addition, she wrote an honest blog about the treatment.
The moment when the baby was transferred from the intensive care unit to a regular ward for nursing became a real holiday for the family. By that time, Richard had grown so much that it became possible to dress him in baby clothes, and not in the tiny diapers, socks and hats that are usually used for premature babies in incubators. Parents photographed their son with a diploma, on which doctors proudly called the boy “a graduate from intensive care.”
In early December 2020, on the eve of Christmas, doctors announced to the family that they could take the child home.
By that time, Richard already weighed four kilograms, but still needed oxygen support through nasal cannulas and tube feeding. The boy retains this feature even now, after his first birthday, but parents and doctors hope that when Richard is two years old, the tubes can be removed.
Otherwise, Richard is a very active and curious guy.By the time he was one year old, he learned to roll over from his back to his stomach, to sit and grab everything that comes into his field of vision. This happened with a cake in blue tones that Mom and Dad prepared on the occasion of the holiday: in a touching video distributed by the family, Richard reaches for a treat and smiles.
And the boy also tries to crawl, loves it very much when books are read to him, and gradually develops speech. Since, if he was born on time, now he would be about 10 months old, so far only babble is obtained, but the parents are sure that they are on the right track.
Miracle, which has no analogues yet
In the hospital. Photo: https://abcnews.go.com/
“This is the smallest child I have ever nursed. And, judging by the material published in the medical literature, he is one of the youngest survivors of preterm birth in the world, ”says Richard’s attending physician, neonatologist Stacy Kern. Thanks to the case of the Hutchinson family, she also became a star, to which there is a line of people who want to interview and find out the details of the miraculous salvation.
Dr. Kern says she herself is wary of what happened. She certainly pays tribute to the boy’s parents, who endlessly believed in him and were constantly in contact with the child. According to the neonatologist, this is an important part of success. The medic also appreciates the efforts of the entire team, but still tends to call what happened a miracle, which has no analogues yet.
“Sometimes I still look at him and think: how did you do that? How did you survive? ” – admits Stacey Kern.She is not yet sure that such an outcome is possible for all babies born at 21 weeks. But in this incredible story, such a hardy and strong baby won.
Neonatologist: 80 percent of success depends on doctors, the rest is on parents
Olga Mileva. Photo from the site http://ktovmedicine.ru/
Russia also has a practice of nursing premature babies with extremely low body weight, and there are records and successes, says Olga Mileva , Deputy Chief Physician for Neonatology, Clinical Hospital MD GROUP:
“In our country, nursing of deeply premature babies has been officially developing since 2012, when it was decided that doctors should resuscitate babies weighing 500 grams and above and from 22 weeks of gestation.Of course, over the years, a huge leap forward has been made in this area.
The case of Richard Hutchinson is truly unique: colleagues from the United States managed not only to save the life of this child, but also to correct the consequences of early birth. Yes, we see that the baby is still on the oxygen concentrator, feeding through the tube, and not everything is going smoothly, but still there is hope.
We also have such children: they are cared for in special perinatal centers, it happens that they are also discharged home with oxygen support, and over time the prognosis may improve.
As a neonatologist, about 120 children born with a weight of up to a kilogram passed through my hands annually. This is a large figure, one of the largest in the city of Moscow. Record – a girl weighing 450 grams, one of the twins. Today she is already 13 years old, she and her brother, who was born with a weight of 980 grams, are doing well.
When people read this kind of news, they usually care if it’s all a miracle that happened? I would say that this is work, a huge work of colleagues.
How to reanimate such tiny children, if even the thinnest tube for connecting to a ventilator with a diameter of two millimeters is large for them? In my practice, there was a case when I had to start with mask ventilation, and only then, when the child gained a little weight, it was possible to intubate him.
If 80 percent of the success depends on doctors, then the remaining 20 – entirely the merit of the parents. This is very noticeable in Richard’s story: Mom and Dad were so confident in him, so eager to win that it bore fruit. When parents and doctors act as a team, the odds are much better.
The presence of the mother, contact with her, breastfeeding is especially important. Believe it or not, as soon as the mother approaches the incubator and sticks her hands in, the baby’s heartbeat changes.
He reacts, starts to move, saturation rises. Therefore, in my practice, I always try to use the so-called kangaroo method, when the child is handed over to the parents.
Yes, to the parents, because the father is as important in the nursing process as the mother. When we first began to develop this area of neonatology, dads distanced themselves from the process. Now, fortunately, things are different! Dad’s help is important not only for a premature baby, but also for the woman herself, because she often experiences a whole storm of emotions.This feeling of guilt, and the complex that she did not cope, did not inform. Mom may even fall into depression because of this, and it is extremely difficult to pull her out of this state, and the baby needs her so healthy and happy!
Despite the fact that news about extremely low birth weight premature babies who managed to survive comes mainly from abroad, there are such successes in our country as well. It just isn’t widely discussed, and perhaps in vain. But we, doctors, every year see our matured patients at the Day of Premature Babies, and we are always happy about their success. “