Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Little Simon Inspirations (March 24, 2009)
Marc Burckhardt’s paintings have graced the covers of many books and album covers, including June Carter Cash's "Wildwood Flower," and his portrait of Johnny Cash was part of the Grammy-winning package design for "The Legend: Johnny Cash." Of this book he says, "It's been a real honor to share this experience with John Carter, and to bring his wonderful words to life. I only hope all the mother and sons out there enjoy it as much we have." Marc lives with his wife Janice in Austin, Texas.
My take: Well, in the first place, I have to tell you I am a HUGE fan of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash so I was really looking forward to reading this book. It did not disappoint - I absolutely loved this book and once more, so did my kids. Why? I think it's because the story echoes a favorite game of ours, one I started when my son first started talking. You may play the same "game" - where you trade off "I love yous" - "I love you more than all the sand on the beach," "I love you more than all the stars in the sky..." Through the use of simple rhyme (the cadences read like a song to me) Momma Loves Her Little Son really captures for me that unique mother-son bond that I'm so blessed to have in my own life. And the crisp and colorful illustrations accompany the text perfectly. Destined to be a classic, I look forward to reading Momma Loves Her Little Son for many years to come.
About the Author: John Carter Cash is a five-time Grammy Award-winning music producer, and the author of Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash. As the only child of June Carter and Johnny Cash, he has dedicated himself to preserving the legacy and heritage of his family's musical history. He lives with his wife, Laura, and three children, Jack Ezra, Anna Maybelle, and Joseph in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
**WIN IT! One lucky reader will win their very own copy of -John Carter Cash’s Momma Loves Her Little Son as a gift from the publisher! To win, just leave a comment here telling me the name of one of the online retailers you can buy the book from, and I'll pull a winner at random. Be sure to leave your email address if you do not have a blog or if it is not easily found on your blog. This giveaway is open until 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Good Luck!**
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