When Mama Goes to Work

When Mama Goes to Work

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, Jessica Phillips
     
 

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When Mama goes to work, she wears her working clothes.
She combs her hair,
She packs a lunch,
She takes her special bag.

When Mama goes to work, I wear my playing clothes.
I comb my hair,
I pack a lunch,
I take my special bag.

When Mama Goes to Work follows several children and their working mothers as they move through their

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When Mama goes to work, she wears her working clothes.
She combs her hair,
She packs a lunch,
She takes her special bag.

When Mama goes to work, I wear my playing clothes.
I comb my hair,
I pack a lunch,
I take my special bag.

When Mama Goes to Work follows several children and their working mothers as they move through their day. From morning to night, through the daily activities of work and play, children and parents keep each other in their thoughts even when they are apart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/31/2014
The mothers in this sunny primer all work outside the home (one is a construction worker, another a medical professional, and two more in an office). Skrypuch’s declarative phrases are written in the voices of the mothers’ children, as they confidently express their independence: “When Mama goes to work,/ I’m busy all day long./ I work with tools/ and get things done.” First-time illustrator Phillips’s artwork features an ethnically diverse cast of cartoon families and understated suburban surroundings that, despite a somewhat generic quality, should draw in the targeted preschool-age audience. Ages 3–up. Author’s agency: the Cooke Agency. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Here is a reassuring book for the child who feels anxious about separating from his or her mother during the workweek. In this daylong, progressive tale, readers follow four mothers with a total of five children as they go from getting ready for work or daycare to coming back together for evening activities and bedtime. Similarities are highlighted during their time apart: Moms work with tools, are busy all day long, think of their loved ones, and smile; children do, too. Ultimately, the children fall into bed and dream of their grown-up selves, working, being busy, being “just like Mama,” and smiling. Fathers may feel a little left-out by this story; but young children will feel comforted to know their mothers think of them even while apart and they will return for them. Readers will find it easy to identify with this book, in part because Phillips’ illustrations show families of varied ethnicities, as well as children of both genders. Mothers’ work is also diverse: physician, construction worker, and officer worker. Similarly, while some of the children attend a daycare, others are cared for by a grandmother or babysitter. Highly recommended for home, preschool, or public library collections. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 3 to 8.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
PreS—Four young children comment in alternating scenarios on the workdays of their mothers and their own parallel activities. "When Mama goes to work,/she wears her working clothes./She packs my lunch./She combs her hair./She takes her special bag." On the facing pages, a mother in medical garb and a little girl slip a love note and a toy spider into each other's lunch container as midday surprises. On the following page a different family appears, and a little boy and his toddler sister go off to day care with a mother in business garb. The third mother drives a construction vehicle ("She works with tools and gets things done"). Mothers and children miss one another during the day, but all keep happily busy. At day's end, they go home or to do errands for pleasant times together. In a cozy finish, all four children are shown fast asleep in a quadrant view. The simple art features flat figures done in colored outlines. Awkward choices in the depictions of characters' mouths sometimes give them an odd appearance. While the overall tone is cheerful and inclusive, the alternating mother/child scheme can be confusing. The theme of loving relationships between young children and working mothers is likely a useful choice for nursery school classes.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
Various mothers and children have parallel experiences throughout their days. Skrypuch treads familiar ground—separation anxiety is a major aspect of childhood development. But this tale isn't full of tantrums or tears; instead, the kids in these families are shining examples of confidence and security. When one mother/child pair is separated, and a slight worry creeps in, the boy, bedecked in red-rimmed glasses, explains, "When Mama goes to work, / I know she misses me. / But she talks with friends / and thinks of me. / She knows that she'll be back." Likewise, he talks with his friends and thinks of his mother at the same time. Another girl hides a surprise in her mom's lunch; her mom does the same for her. At noon, they both think of each other. The repetitious nature and parallel storytelling structure of each mother and child's experiences can seem plodding, but it will likely be comforting to young worriers. Skrypuch follows only four families, but the variety of ethnicities and careers included is commendable, though it's a darn shame that in 2014, the narrative focus is still exclusively on mothers. Sunny, cartoonlike illustrations add to the cheer (disregard the slightly creepy toothy smiles of some). Spare in both text and art, earnest in heart, limited in scope. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554553143
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,436,126
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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