Edwidge Danticat’s new kid’s book explores a mother’s caring touch

What’s a world without a mother’s love?

Haitian-American author and writer Edwidge Danticat is releasing a new children’s book celebrating motherhood, and specifically how a mother cares for her child when he or she is ill.

The picture book, “My Mommy Medicine,” expressively illustrates the many ways a mother helps her young daughter feel better when she’s home sick. Together, the pair discover various comfort methods in playing games, natural and medicinal remedies, laughter, self-care, storytime, imagination, and more.

The term “Mommy Medicine” is a phrase Danticat and her family often use referring to the unrivaled loving and caregiving that a parental or guardian figure can provide a younger relative. She describes it as the desire to offer the best care and comfort possible to someone you love.

As a mother of two daughters, Danticat says she was inspired to write the book based on the endless days she spent caring for them. And before children of her own — the care she flooded her nieces and nephews with.

Danticat published her first book, “Breath, Eyes, Memory” in 1994 and to date has written more than a dozen novels. Of her bibliography, she’s written two previous picture books geared towards children — “Eight Days: A Story of Haiti’ and “Mama’s Nightingale.”

The book will be available for purchase on Feb. 26.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimo[email protected]local.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.

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