Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do

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What a child sees as everyday routine is anything but for a mom! Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do is a celebration of the unpredictable adventure that is motherhood with its sometimes silly, always heartfelt, and wonderfully important moments—all rooted in love. This sweet and amusing book will have book moms and kids smiling with recognition while spotlighting all the different ways a mom shows her devotion.

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Overview

What a child sees as everyday routine is anything but for a mom! Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do is a celebration of the unpredictable adventure that is motherhood with its sometimes silly, always heartfelt, and wonderfully important moments—all rooted in love. This sweet and amusing book will have book moms and kids smiling with recognition while spotlighting all the different ways a mom shows her devotion.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Mothers' struggles with everyday routines and important moments with their children are underlined somewhat conventionally. "She said her work would end in time/'I Promise,' she made clear/I start to cry as lunch begins when… yippee-here she comes/I don't see the speeding ticket she's hiding as she runs!" Sewing a costume on short notice for a school play, caring for an ill pet hamster, revisiting several locations in order to find a lost toy bear all show love and support. Working parents will appreciate the scene in which a mother and child both travel to a park without a cell phone or computer to interrupt their time together. The rhyming passages fill each spread in whimsical sweeps of text. The repetitive verse, "Oh, the things my mom will do… because she loves me through and through," will surely warm the hearts of both readers and listeners. Childlike watercolor and ink illustrations bestow a heartfelt awareness on what it really means to be a mother. Best for one-on-one sharing.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
It is said that mothers will do anything for their children. In this humorous slip of a tale, readers see just how far moms often go. Richmond writes at a rollicking pace with rhyming couplets that describe each silly situation this diverse cast of mothers experiences. First is a barefoot, nightgown-clad mom running after the school bus to deliver a lunchbox. Next comes a move worthy of a star running back as another mother scoops up her green-faced child and carries her off to the bathroom right before she really gets sick. From staying up all night to sewing a frog costume to retracing steps at seven places to find a lost bear, the refrain reminds "Oh, the things my mom will do…because she loves me through and through." While the text moves smoothly from one hilarious but all-too-believable scenario to the next, it is the illustrations that truly impress. Apparently executed with watercolor and ink, the pictures have a childlike quality that ensures this has appeal for young readers and not just their parents. With pinprick eyes and u-shaped mouths, these mothers make the impossible happen…even if that means risking embarrassment, facing a fear or losing sleep. Eschewing the usual saccharine odes to motherhood, this title should lead to laughter and some recognition for all the crazy things moms do out of love. (Picture book. 4-6)
Publishers Weekly
Richmond demonstrates motherly devotion through a series of episodic examples. When a disorganized boy announces that he needs a frog costume—“with the show one day away!”—his frazzled mom spends all night working on it (“She’s still sewing when I wake up/ To finish what I need”). Another mother drops everything to track down her child’s lost teddy bear (“Mom forgets about our shopping and turns the car around/ We re-visit seven places until lost Bear is found”). From forgotten lunches to sick hamsters and scary thunderstorms, Richmond’s smudgy watercolors offer a catalog of relatable mother-and-child moments. Ages 4–up. (Apr.)
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"From forgotten lunches to sick hamsters and scary thunderstorms, Richmond's smudgy watercolors offer a catalog of relatable mother-and-child moments." - Publishers Weekly

"Follow the everyday routines of busy, loving moms who help look for lost toys and take care of tots' tummyaches in this delightful story told from a child's POV. " - Working Mother

"[A] humorous slip of a tale . . . Eschewing the usual saccharine odes to motherhood, this title should lead to laughter and some recognition for all the crazy things moms do out of love." - Kirkus

"Rhyming passages fill each spread in whimsical sweeps of text . . . will surely warm the hearts of both readers and listeners. Childlike watercolor and ink illustrations bestow a heartfelt awareness on what it really means to be a mother." - School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402282331
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 313,502
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Richmond
Beloved author and illustrator MARIANNE RICHMOND has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect with each other. She lives in the Minneapolis area. Visit www.mariannerichmond.com.
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  • Posted June 16, 2013

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    Review: Oh, The Things My Mom Will Do

    Oh, the Things My Mom Will Do: Because She Loves Me Through and Through!
    by Marianne Richmond

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I think I enjoyed this more than my daughter. A heartwarming tale of the many things a mom will do for their child from running after the school bus with a forgotten lunch to staying up all night making a frog costume for a school play.
    My favorite part of reading bedtime stories to my daughter is the books that rhyme. If there is a fun cadence to the story then I usually like it. This was one of those books. I even got a tiny bit weepy at the underlying story of everything a mom will actually do for her child.
    Loved this book!

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