|Because Your Mommy Loves You|
From the publisher:
About the BookIn 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 www.andrewclements.com.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 www.rwalley.com.
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.
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
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Disclosure: We received a free copy of Because Your Mommy Loves You in order to write this review.