Marshall Books

 

What I Love About You, Mom

(Kate and David Marshall, Penguin Random House/Plume, 2013)

Photo of book cover: "What I Love About You, Mom" by Kate & David Marshall

 

Your Mom is one of the most important people in your life–here’s your chance to tell her.

 

What I Love About You, Mom provides a personal and heartfelt way to tell your mother just how much you appreciate all that she has done for you. With writing prompts, checklists, and space for photos or drawings, this journal celebrates all that is unique and wonderful about your relationship. It’s a gift she will cherish forever.

Sections include: Early Days; Admiring You; Appreciating You; Enjoying Us; and My Wishes for You

Sample Prompts:

Here’s a picture of us when I was young…
I used to love it when you…
My favorite food that you make is…
It meant a lot to me when you…
                                                           Thank you for not…
                                                           Here’s something I wish we could do more often……
                                                           Two things I especially look forward to in our future……
                                                           If I could take you anywhere in the world, I’d take you to……

VIDEOS: We filmed a few people answering questions from What I Love About You, Mom:

1. What’s something you want to thank your mom for, big or small? Answers involve New Jersey accents, acceptance and safety. Watch.

2. What’s one memory about your mom from when you were a kid? Answers involve snapping turtles, balls of yarn, and a toad in trouble.  Watch.

3. What’s something special or unique about your mom? Answers involve favoritism, shining lights, and time keeping. They also prove that young men do love their mamas. Watch.

 

Kate thanked her mom for teaching her to love animals, both real and pretend.

Reviewers Say:                       

 

“Can’t wait to give it to my amazing mother.”

 

“I was looking for something special to give to my mother and this was the perfect book. I was able to make it just for my mom with my personal feelings, thoughts, memories. I loved it and so did my Mom!

 

“If your mom is like mine, she really has everything she needs, but what she appreciates most is a gift of memories and appreciation. I love this guided journal because it makes it easy for you to share your thoughts, memories, and gratitude. I know this will be one of the most treasured gifts that my mom receives this Mother’s Day.”

 

“One of my grown children sent me this book chock full of reminiscences that evoke even more memories. Good “prompts” elevate this way above my expectations for a “fill-in-the-blank” book. It’s fun to read (and I think also to do) and something to cherish for many years.”

 

“I think every daughter should fill out and give their mother this book. It is a priceless gift for any occasion.”

 

David’s mom happily read his memories and good wishes on Mother’s Day!

 

“I found that the memories it extracted from my mind probably made me as happy as it will my mom. I’m sure my mom won’t forget this…as we  both won’t forget the relationship it honors.”

 

“Stunning. Thought-provoking do-it-yourself personalized book. A wonderful, original idea … every book is a work of art unto itself!”

 

“The prompts are really heartfelt and meaningful. I love that there is also space for pictures, drawings or anything else you would like to add such as tickets to an event, receipts, cards and so on.”

 

Certainly the best gift I had ever received from my son. He added photos of both of us together, when he was young and when he was older, and he even made some creative and humorous artwork on some of the pages. He told me that the questions and prompts in the book took him in many directions, all of which led him to a new and deeper understanding of our relationship, helping him to better express himself.”