Probably the biggest change in mothering has come for mothers who juggle career and children. Hazan's Mommy's Office shows us the corporate world through the eyes of Emily, who is visiting her mother's large office. Written true to a child's viewpoint, Emily clears up misconceptions about what her mother does every day (i.e., nothing gets broken during coffee break\0, but best of all sees that they "do sort of the same things" at both their offices. Particularly noteworthy is the sense of pride that Emily has in her mother and herself.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Emily, a precocious little girl, spends the day at her mother's office at an ad agency. From the start, the day is full of exciting and interesting things to see and do--a bus ride, an elevator, a coffee break, and having lunch in the cafeteria. As Emily's point of reference is her own world, she compares her mother's work to her own daily routine, and decides that her mother's presentation of a new kind of toothpaste is just like show-and-tell at school. Using the perspective of a child, Hazen gives the mundane routine of a work day humorous undertones--a coffee break is not where employees break things; nor is a presentation a time where Christmas presents are distributed. While Emily's confusion on several points is straightened out, there is a definite, underlined sense of pride as she watches her beloved mom soar to confidence, interacting both with black and white men and women. The soft watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement to the text. Like Eve Merriam's Mommies at Work (S. & S., 1989), this is a delightful story with a positive image of today's working woman. --Debra S. Gold, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland