In Rita Gray's Mama Mine, Mama Mine, illustrated by Ponder Goembel, the mother of each animal leaves her brood during the day to take care of her responsibilities: Cats must catch rats, pigs must eat and sheep must be shorn. The baby animal calls after its mother, "When will you come back?" She explains that while she must go about her duties, she will always return. A young boy plays during the day as his mother feeds the chickens, does laundry and gathers wool. After his mother finishes her work, she lovingly scoops her son up into her arms as she had promised that morning"I'll come back, come back to you." Though Gray's story educates readers about each animal's function on the farm, it is also a reassuring depiction of a mother's love. The verses' repetition will lull even the most active readers to sleep after a long day of playing farm.