7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #586: Featuring Helen Oxenbury

h1 May 13th, 2018 by jules

“‘Sun,’ said Big Momma, ‘you take care of this day business for me.'”
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I’m featuring one spread today from an older picture book, one of my very favorites of all-time — Phyllis Root’s Big Momma Makes the World, published in 2002 and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. This is in honor of Mother’s Day.

If you’ve never read the book, be sure to click on the image above to see the goodness inside — and be sure to find a copy and experience it. It is spectacular in many directions.



BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD. Text copyright © 2002 by Phyllis Root. Illustrations copyright © 2002 by Helen Oxenbury. Illustration reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

I’m keeping things short and sweet and simple today, because I have been out of town this weekend for my nephew’s wedding (my first kick) and because it’s Mother’s Day, so I’m spending it with my children (my second kick).

If you are celebrating Mother’s Day in any way, I hope you enjoy it. As always, I’m grateful for the people in my life who have mothered me, and I’m extra grateful to be a mother to my clever and wonderful daughters.

What are YOUR kicks this week?

3 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #586: Featuring Helen Oxenbury”

  1. One of my favorite books. Good choice, Jules.
    Hope your Mother’s Day is one that brings joy and laughter.
    My kicks:
    1. Remembering my mom this weekend.
    2. Joining other haikuists on Friday evening. We shared haiku and learned about the technique of writing haiku.
    3. Having a former student and her friend talk to four students about playing Quidditch.
    4. Delivering acceptance letters about poems for an anthology to students.
    5. Student Art Night.
    6. Sitting on the deck.
    7. I got my ears pierced again to celebrate almost retirement . Now I have 7. And one is in the helix which was brave.
    Happy Mother’s Day to all. We all mother in one way or another.

  2. Good morning, Imps!

    Enjoy your time with family, Jules!

    Jone: Happy almost retirement and celebration! Congrats to the poets and artists.

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Managing
    2) Moving
    3) Improving
    4) Better
    5) Music
    6) Mending
    7) Lyrics

  3. Jone, Happy Mother’s Day! Love the ear-piercing. LOVE the fourth kick. Also, I didn’t even know “haikuist” was a word, and that has made my day.

    LW: What are some lyrics lately that have rocked your world?

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