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Meredith's Mother Takes the Train

Though Meredith goes to child care and her mother goes to work, they think of each other during the day and look forward to their time together.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- Although Meredith's mother copes with a desk piled high, a busy computer, a constantly ringing telephone, and a conference with her colleagues, she has time to gaze at Meredith's picture, call her at noon, dream about a trip to the zoo, and buy her a pink bunny-shaped balloon as she dashes for the train home. Meanwhile, Meredith is in day care, building with bright blocks, blowing multicolored bubbles, swinging, snacking, and generally having fun with multiethnic companions, although by day's end, she is waiting eagerly for her mother's arrival. The strong, loving bond between mother and daughter is apparent, and their joy in one another should be reassuring to children in similar situations. The fact that Meredith's mother thinks of her so often during the day is especially important and satisfying. The bright, busy watercolor and pencil full- and double-page illustrations draw readers right into this hectic but pleasant life, from the time the two bundle into their coats in the morning until at last they can sit peacefully at the dinner table in the evening. The figures of adults and children are appealingly rounded, and the colors warm and cheerful, helping to make this rhymed story of separation as positive as possible.