Big Mama Makes the World
By Phyllis Root
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Walker Books, 48 pages
Big Mama creates a beautiful world and still has time to be a good mum to her little baby. Helen Oxenbury's illustrations are beautiful, especially when she tints each picture spread with washes of transluscent colour. And of course, you just want to scoop Big Mama's baby out of the book and into your arms. Traditionalists might be up in arms over Root's depiction of a woman as creator of the world, but then, whoever heard of Father Nature?