What Did Mommy Do Before You?

What Did Mommy Do Before You?

by Abby Levine, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Only a family photo album could do a better job of explaining a mother's life before parenthood to a child. Levine's book begins with mother and preschooler examining their own snapshot collection. The second-person text then discusses the child's mother as an infant and progresses through all of the milestones of growing up. Potty training, going to school, marriage, motherhood, and the small steps in between are shown with simple, matter-of-fact text and uncluttered, cozy watercolors. The style is eloquent but understandable, tender but not saccharine. What makes this book a standout is its gentle emphasis on the idea that even Mommy was once a child with lots to learn, and that as she grew up, ``things that looked hard got easier, and things that seemed scary weren't scary anymore.'' It's an important message for a frustrated child. Being a kid isn't easy; here is the reassurance that growing up is as wonderful as it is hard. A must for any library serving young children, this book presents its message just the way most mothers would. Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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