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Me and Momma and Big John
( by Mara Rockliff/ William Low, Candlewick $16.99 Score: )

New Yorkers will especially relate to this story about a stonecutter at St. John the Divine. She's a working mom who lives in a modest home and trudges home each night dusty and tired. Yet her dedication speaks to the devotion she brings to her work. When the stone she has completed is finished she brings the children to see it. Her son John is disappointed at first that her name is not on it. But even the children come to understand the community of workers who have dedicated themselves to a common cause. Handsome illustrations light up the story whether in the modest apartment or under the stained glass window in the cathedral that has been in construction for more than a century.

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