Where Is?

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Press:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children HMH Books for Young Readers (September 30, 2002)
Publication Date:2002-09-30
Author Name:Tamar Bergman


Mom’s departure in the morning leaves little Noni wondering, Where’s Mom? While he’s at his grandparents’ house, where does she go? Is she at the florist’s? Or the gym? He thinks of all the different places she could be throughout the day. 
But when Mom arrives to pick Noni up, he is nowhere to be found, and it’s Mom’s turn to look for him! Readers will delight in playing along as they discover Noni in his different hiding places throughout the house, even when Mom can’t!

From School Library Journal

reSchool-K-Despite a familiar premise and potentially appealing details, this odd import from Israel falls flat. 
Noni, a kitten, wonders where his mother is going after she drops him off to stay with his grandparents.
Various possibilities are imagined and pictured-did she go to work (she appears to be a doctor) or to the gym? To drink lemonade with Uncle Yuri or to buy flowers for his grandmother? Noni never finds out.
But when Mom returns, he turns the tables on her and hides, leaving her wondering about and searching for him.
Childlike illustrations with flattened perspectives, bold patterns, and unusual colors give this book a quirky look.
Unfortunately, they also make it difficult to see what is happening at times.
Amusing touches, like Grandma's mouse slippers or the unique lineup of patients waiting to be seen, can't compensate for the overall awkwardness of the art.
Bergman's brief text seems flat and predictable, with no real sense of playfulness or suspense.
While the activities shown may be familiar, the presentation is lackluster and will likely leave readers wondering "why?" and not really caring "where?"-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PACopyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

A mom's leaving her child with Grandma and Grandpa for the day is hardly an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence, but Bergman makes a game of the commonplace by querying, "Where's Mom?" Young Noni wonders if his mother is gone to work or if she's exercising, shopping, or visiting.
When Mom returns, it's her turn to wonder, "Where's Noni," as the boy hides under the bed, in the shed, and in a basket.
Modan paints fun into the quest by making the characters a family of cats; Grandma even wears mouse house slippers! Mom works as a veterinarian whose patients include an elephant with a runny nose and a rabbit with a toothache.
Known in Israel for her thoughtful novels for young adults, Bergman here proves herself equally adept at relating to young children; her picture of separation anxiety is painted with a sympathetic, tender, and humorous brush.
Ellen MandelCopyright © American Library Association.
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“Known in Israel for her thoughtful novels for young adults, Bergman here proves herself equally adept at relating to young children.”  Booklist, ALA

Language Notes

Text: English (translation) Original Language: Hebrew

About the Author

Tamar Bergman is the happy mother of three (grown-up) children, a score of books, and hundreds of radio scripts. 
Among the many honors her books have received, The Boy from Over There won the Berenstein Prize in 1984 and was named the best Israeli children's book by the Center of Literature for Children and Youth at the University of Haifa.
Along the Tracks also received critical acclaim and was awarded the Ze'ev Prize in 1988 from the Ministry of Education.
Tamar Bergman lives in Jerusalem with her husband and a pair of bicycles.


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  •     My two year old daughter loved the way she could follow the simple actions in this elegant book. Somehow Modan and Bergmann convey a family life that is rich and loving with just a few words and pictures.

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