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My Mom Is A Foreigner, But Not To Me

Updated on October 1, 2014

My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me

Where I live in North America, the majority of families find their origins elsewhere. For hundreds of years families have travelled from across the globe to settle in America and in Canada.

I am well blessed with a family representing backgrounds and cultures. My own mother came to Canada from Sweden, far above the Arctic Circle. I remember fondly the stories about the long, dark winters, and herding reindeer. Mom loved to cook and share her favorite Swedish meals, which to her grandchildren, were always a treat. Although my mother lived most of her life in Canada, it was always her Swedish roots that made her unique.

Presently my own grandchildren celebrate having a 'foreign' mom. Four of my grandchildren have lovely mothers, one mother has emigrated from the Philippine Islands and the other from Poland!

When I spotted this book about mothers I knew it would be a perfect selection for my grandchildren to share with their very special mommies.

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When kids have a mom from another country, they might just find that their lives are a little different from their friends. Whether Mamma speaks a little different or with an accent, or Maman prepares some unusual foods, or if Mutti has an individual style of dress, we can all agree that sometimes being different is what makes mothers very special!

About the Author and Illustrator

Author Julianne Moore knows exactly what it is like to grow up in a family with her own foreign mother. Her experience as a daughter who’s mom was from another part of the world was what inspired her to create this book for children. In addition to being an author, Julianne is an actress and an ambassador for the Save the Children charity. She currently lives with her husband and children in New York City.


Book illustrator Melio So was born in Hong Kong and is now a resident of the Shetland Islands. As a wife and foreign mom residing in Scotland, Melio is also the illustrator of the book, Water Sings Blue.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      My kids would have loved this book! Their father emigrated from Israel before they were born, so they had the the foreign dad bit. Then, we moved to Israel when they were babies so they had the foreign mom bit! Thanks for sharing this book! Up and interesting!