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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The girl in MaMa In The Holler by Jaime McKoy observes her MaMa waking up early at the crack of dawn as she snuggles deep under her quilt. MaMa asks her to wake up and help in the kitchen. As she scrambles from the bed, she can smell homemade bread. She can see her MaMa stirring gravy by the old wood stove. As they sit down at the table, the girl can see kindness and love on her MaMa's face. There are some simple country tasks to do outside. They gather eggs inside the coop and the girl chases the chickens around the place. When all the chores are done, the girl impatiently waits for her MaMa to join her. She feels sad leaving her MaMa and going but she is happy that she carries all these precious memories with her.
MaMa In The Holler by Jaime McKoy is a beautiful story and speaks about the bonding between a grandmother and a grandchild. Hope Smith's illustrations are as delightful as the story and breathe life into the events and make the bonding between MaMa and the girl palpable to youngsters. Many young readers will be able to connect with what the girl feels while staying with her MaMa. It is a good bedtime storybook and can also be used in classrooms and school libraries for storytelling and read-aloud sessions, reminding young readers of the precious memories they have shared with their grandparents.