Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review and Give Away: Because Your Mommy Loves You

Because Your Mommy Loves You
 From the publisher:
About the Book
In this sweet companion book to Because Your Daddy Loves You, a little boy and his mom go on a hiking trip and camp out under the stars. Mommy is as calm and reassuring, but also goes far to foster her son's independence in an encouraging and loving way. As heartwarming as its predecessor, this read-aloud book is sure to become a family favorite.

About the author:
Andrew Clements is the author of many best-selling books, among them the middle grade novel Frindle. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, and can be found at

About the illustrator:
R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the Paddington Bear series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at

What we thought about it --
I like the camping theme, as did the Infant Bibliophile (now 4 1/2), and overall this is a sweet book.  He enjoyed it, and he is fairly picky these days.  The format of the book presents scenarios, in the style of: when X happens, "your mommy could..." do such and such (taking over for the child), "but she doesn't," instead choosing to show or guide the child to do it himself.  Example:

When the pack on your back feels like a giant rock, 
your mommy could say,
That looks awfully heavy
for you.  Here, I'll carry it!
But she doesn't.

You both sit down a while
and share some water
and a handful of raisins.

Then she helps you strap on
your pack again,
and up the trail you go.

In general, I do not tend tend to foster early independence in my children.  I still put my 4 1/2 year old's shoes on for him 90% of the time, and I fear that in the scenario above, I'd be not only carrying his pack and mine, but likely trying to give him a piggy back ride at the same time.  So, some of the book scenarios were probably a little confusing for him.  That probably makes this a very appropriate book for us.  I'm hoping we can use Because Your Mommy Loves You to start some dialogue about independence. 

Give Away!

Thanks to the generosity of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one lucky reader will receive:

·        1  Copy of Because Your Mommy Loves You
·        1 Copy of Because Your Daddy Loves You

NOTE:  This give away is now closed.  The winners have been notified by email.  Thank you!
To enter:
1) Comment here with a favorite (or bad!) camping memory.
For additional entries:
2) Follow or subscribe to Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile, and comment here letting me know.
3) Share this give away via FB, Twitter, Pinterest, or a phone call to your mom, and comment here letting me know.

Giveaway open to US residents only.  The deadline is midnight (EST) on June 3, 2012.

Disclosure: We received a free copy of Because Your Mommy Loves You in order to write this review.


Jennifer said...

My worst camping memory was in college when we were camping in New Jersey for school and we spent the entire day wading around in marshes and all I wanted was a warm shower and a warm bed. But oh no, it had to rain. Our tents flooded. It was the worst day/night ever.

Infant Bibliophile said...

That does sound awful!

susan1215 said...

Worst camping experience was when I went camping in Girl Scouts and I fell in the lake,thankfully I knew how to swim but it was pretty chilly

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Raising a Happy Child said...

I wonder what I would do on a real camping trip :) Sounds like an awesome book!

Raising a Happy Child said...

And, yes, I follow you :)

crystletellerday said...

living in a tent for a month going back and forth between 2 state parks and having a scary thunder storm happen one night

TravelingKailey said...

We had so many great camping memories! One I hear about often is when my parent's decided I was old enough to walk to the comfort station by myself. My big brother thought it would be funny to jump out and scare me. I reacted by hitting him int he head with my flashlight. He didn't get any sympathy from anyone.

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Anonymous said...

My son had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and the zipper on the tent got jammed!

marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Candice said...

My first time camping ever was girl scout day camp. We spent one night outside and that's when I learned how allergic to mosquitoes I am. One bit me above my lip and my lips were swollen shut for three days. Now I bring lots of repellent.
candicesweeps at yahoo dot com

Sarah @ Confessions of a Slacker Mom said...

Andrew Clements is one of my favorite upper elementary writers. (Read Frindle!) My husband is a BIG camper, I am not, so we go camping a lot with varying degrees of success. Example: first time we went camping, I was unaware I should pack COATS. Because it's really cold in the middle of nowhere at night, apparently! Another time we were going and we got to the campground late and it was POURING rain, so hubby pulled out the gas grill and cooked hot dogs in the rain which we ate in the van and then slept in the van. (I think baby in the carseat was happiest of all of us that night.) It continued to pour the next day so we went home... never even getting out the camping gear. I have many, many bad camping stories. I could go on.

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Sara said...

My favorite times are always putting up the tent. I just love setting up those things! :) And I like how you can eat food that would normally not be so tasty, except that everything tastes delicious after a day of hiking around in the woods.

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Sara said...

And I have followed your blog for a very very long time. :)

Gina said...

Camping with my husband & being devoured by mosquitoes...Ugh!!

Tamar said...

Camping was one of my favorite things to do as a kid... we had amazing food and it was just a good time.

The Busy Mom said...

I always loved to camp as a Girl Scout. My favorite memory is making smores and staying up late under the stars. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
Erin E
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Anonymous said...

When camping, we decorate the outside of the tent with a picket fence and artificial flowers!

Harriett said...

My favorite memory is the first time we went camping as a family.

Harriett said...


Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

had a drunk right beside us that found the muddle of the night a time to yell at his step daughter ended up with the cops coming
vmkids3 at msn dot com

paige jagan said...

i have only been camping once, sleeping in a tent one time was enough for me, it was terrible, the floor was hard, there were no showers! i did not love it

Erin Cook said...

The absolutely worst camping trip was when I was a teen and in girl scouts. We went to this camp, my room mates were mean, baby raccoon's ran through our tent and a tree got struck by lightening right in front of our tent.

daveshir2005 said...

We had glow sticks and it was very dark and we were making them into decorations. It was funny,

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texaslady22 said...

We forgot to bring blankets and we FROZE to death. We slept in the truck with the heater on (all 3 of us).

amy16323 said...

my worst camping trip is when we went to bed that night about 20 feet from us there was tons of took them about an hour to leave

McKim said...

We went on a camping trip in the mountains and parked in our usual spot. We left our camper there to use again the next weekend. My daughter and I went up ahead of the boys by a few hours. It was just getting dark, and when we approached the camper we could tell the window by the door was broken out. My daughter freaked out and we jumped back in the car and headed back out to the highway where we could get cell service and called my husband. When he got there we checked things out and found that someone had thrown a rock through the window, but hadn't bothered anything else. None of us slept much that night, and went home the next morning.

Jessica said...

We go camping in our travel trailer and we show up at night so we can't see anything when we park it. When we wake up in the morning and step out we are in the worst spot in the whole park. Mud and Muck everywhere!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

Gianna said...

I don't have any camping stories.