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Dancing with My Daughter: poems of love, wisdom & dreams
by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Loyola Press, 2004
Hardcover, $12.95 (100 pages)
ISBN: 0-8294-1768-0
 
  Jayne Jaudon Ferrer describes the mother/daughter relationship as a series of dances. The book has five sections: "Waltz," the period of early motherhood and infancy; "Jitterbug," the lively toddler and childhood years; "Tango," the  preadolescent days; "Samba," the fiery teenage phase; and "Freestyle," as the daughter enters adulthood with its own promises and dreams.

"Portrait" captures the awe period of motherhood, where the infant and new mother are lost in the joyful discovery of each other. "September Lullaby" congers up the terror of September 11, 2001, where mothers wanted to protect their young from world horrors and teach their daughter not to hate. "Heirloom" touches on the treasured dresses of baby girls, especially those that mother made.

"A Mismatch Made in Heaven" is a cute poem of the antics of toddlers dressing. "Slumber Party" captures the energy and madness of sleepovers. "The Crush" relates the heartbreak of first love.

The mother/daughter journey never truly ends, as "Homage" alludes to the lasting bond of heart no matter how far they are separated by space.

Ferrer's poems range from humorous to insightful. There is an everyman quality of the poems that make this a good inspirational gift book. Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is a wife, mother of three sons, writer, and speaker. She and her family live in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

 

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