Stay Close to Mama {Review and Giveaway}

by Dawn

The bond between mom and young child makes delightful fodder for picture books. As Mother’s Day approaches, Toni Buzzeo’s adorable new book Stay Close to Mama explores the theme with love and tenderness.

A young giraffe named Twiga (which actually means giraffe in Swahili), sees the big world from under the legs of his tall mama, and he longs to explore it. Mama is aware of some dangers and she wants to keep Twiga close. Twiga’s curiosity gets the best of him, so despite his mother’s warnings he ventures away from her a few times to see what he can see. As he goes, his mother keeps a watchful eye on him, but she doesn’t stop him outright from his investigations. When he gets too close to danger, Mama is there to rustle the grass to fend off a danger, and in the end, Twiga can always find comfort in his mother’s snuggles.

Young children know all about this experience, for their worlds are expanding just like Twiga’s, and we parents want to provide the reassurance to them that we’ll always be there when they’re ready to return from their adventures. The soft-toned illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka perfectly convey the warmth and love between Twiga and his mom. Cuddle up with your own little one this Mother’s Day for a shared reading of Stay Close to Mama!

We have one autographed copy of Stay Close to Mama to give away today. Please leave a comment here to be entered, U.S. and Canada addresses only. We will announce our winner in our May 14 column.

The winner of Girl Unmoored is #15 Lori.



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When she's not reviewing books, 5 Minutes for Books contributor Dawn (and her online alter ego, morninglight mama) can be found blogging at my thoughts exactly and contributing to The DC Moms.

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1 Lori D. April 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

Would love to read this to my grandchildren.

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2 Jill April 30, 2012 at 12:57 am

I would love to share with my little guy.

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3 Angela E. April 30, 2012 at 1:17 am

What a cute story, will share for sure.

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4 Shaira April 30, 2012 at 1:50 am

Sometime we just have to let go and let our kids make mistakes and learn for themselves. We will always be there to guide them.
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5 Jenn April 30, 2012 at 9:04 am

My little ones love animals – and this sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance to win!

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6 HappyMomC April 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

Would love to win this for my daughter!

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7 Sharon Schoepe April 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

I would love to read this to my twins.

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8 Liz April 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

Life is such a delicate balancing act. Stay Close to Mama sounds to be a gentle book of instruction on maintaining balance.

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9 cheryl April 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

I really would love to win this book so that I can share it with my daughter!

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10 Mejia Mamma April 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

I would love to win this…my daughter just loves books, especially one’s with animals (and how can you not resist that it’s about a mama’s love & protection for her child!) What a great mother’s day gift to get!
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11 Cari April 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

This is my sisters first Mother’s Day (she is due mid-June) and I would LOVE to be able to give this to her:)

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12 June April 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This story book sounds so good.

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13 samantha w April 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I would love this book for my kids

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14 Chuck April 30, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Great book for the little one’s.

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15 Don April 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Will be read for bedtime story.

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16 Beth cole April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

What a sweet story.

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17 jennifer downing April 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

This sounds like a really awesome story! I’d love to share it with my little ones.

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18 Van April 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Sure to be a winner with the children at our house.

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19 Kim April 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I love Toni’s books–she’s an amazing author (and former librarian!) I’d love to win this one.
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20 Denise M April 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

so adorable! my daughter loves giraffes too

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21 Cindi April 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The cover alone of this mother/child book is so sweet…
Our oldest son had separation anxiety, as a very young
child, for a few years! I like how this book shows that a mother
is letting her child explore beyond her, but is still there to
keep her child out of harm’s way!
Many thanks, Cindi

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22 Jeff April 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Our grandchildren would enjoy this book.

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23 Mary April 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

What a beautiful little book! I would love to share it with my Grandson!

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24 Garrett April 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Very nice book for us all.

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25 Rochel S April 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

My son would LOVE this book!

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26 Kim April 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm

how cute! pick me!

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27 Joy April 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Awe my granddaughter would love this!
Thanks for the giveaway :)
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28 Carolyn April 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Such a sweet title!

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29 Tammy Gordon April 30, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Looks like a sweet book!

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30 Barbara Manatee April 30, 2012 at 9:37 pm

This would make a great gift for my BFF who is expecting her first baby!

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31 memetu April 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Sweet story and true.

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32 Jamie Brigham April 30, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I would love to win this to read to my 3 children :)

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33 kelly willis April 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

would love to read to my four boys

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34 Vilmarys May 1, 2012 at 9:24 am

Very sweet! I would love to share this with my daughter! Thanks for the chance.

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35 Elizabeth B May 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I would love this for my girls! Thanks!

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36 Liz May 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

My kids would love this!

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37 Idaho Jill May 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

My daughter would love this!
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38 bobby May 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

my kiddies would like this book

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39 Beth C May 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

The cover is adorable. Please enter me.
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40 Margaret May 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm

My kids would love this book! Thank you!

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41 Debbie Welchert May 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

This would be a great story for my grandchildren.

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42 Kristi May 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I would love to win this. My daughter loves giraffes.

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43 Lisa Davis May 3, 2012 at 1:01 am

My girls would love this book, thanks for the chance!

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44 Staci A May 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I would love to read this with my boys!

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45 Kristie May 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

This book looks so cute! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

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46 Kelly L May 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I would love to win this for my daughter!

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47 ANGEL JACKLYN May 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

THIS WOULD BE A WONDERFUL GIFT FOR MY COUSIN, WHO IS EXPECTING. THANKS SO MUCH!

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48 Megan G. May 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I have a feeling my daughter would love this book!

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49 susan May 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

This sounds like a wonderful story! I’d love to share it with my little one.

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50 Krista May 5, 2012 at 2:08 am

I have 4 little ones to cuddle up to this Mother’s Day… how did that happen??? ;)
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51 Rebot May 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

Toni Buzzeo’s other book One Cool Friend was a fabulous book! How will this one compare!?
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52 Vickie Couturier May 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

My grandchildren would love this,they are so into books right now
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53 Hailey L May 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

My 3 year old would love this book!
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54 Anita Yancey May 8, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This is a really cute book. My little granddaugher would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

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55 Carrie at In the Hammock Blog May 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

This looks so sweet! thank you for the contest!
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56 Catherine May 12, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I would love to read this to my daughter. Looks like a very cute book. Thanks for the chance.

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