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Jonathan and His Mommy Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

With its urban beat, vibrant illustrations, and strong sense of affection and play, this story of city living and family love is the perfect book for adults and children to share.

Irene Smalls is the author of Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel; Louise’s gift; and Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade: The Johnkankus, all published by Little, Brown. Ms. Smalls is a graduate of Cornell University and has an M.B.A. from New York University. She has three children – Dawn, Kevin Logan, and Jonathan and lives in Boston.

Jonathan and His Mommy

by Irene Smalls
illustrated by Michael Hays

Little, Brown and Company 1992

I like to go walking and talking with my mom. So says Jonathan, age five, as he starts off on his daily walk with Mom through the bustling streets of the city. But their’s is no straightforward, ordinary walk. They walk in walk in as many different steps as a child’s imagination can create–from zigzag steps to reggae steps, giant steps to crazy crisscross steps. Each step brings new dicovery for Jonathan as he and his mom explore their dynamic neighborhood. By the end of the day the two are tired, and backward steps lead them past familiar sights as they make their way home.

Jonathan and His Mommy art by Michael Hays ©2010