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Your Mommy Was Just Like You

Your Mommy Was Just Like You

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by Kelly Bennett, David Walker (Illustrator)

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Once upon a time-according to Grandma-Mommy loved getting messy, wearing kooky costumes, and dragging out bedtime with just one more story. She collected bottle caps and dandelion fluff, and didn't know how to tie her shoes. Sometimes she was a terror, but most of the time she was a sweet potato. Just like her own little girl today.

Kids love to hear about what


Once upon a time-according to Grandma-Mommy loved getting messy, wearing kooky costumes, and dragging out bedtime with just one more story. She collected bottle caps and dandelion fluff, and didn't know how to tie her shoes. Sometimes she was a terror, but most of the time she was a sweet potato. Just like her own little girl today.

Kids love to hear about what their parents were like as children, and this celebration of moms and the little girls they were will inspire lots of laughter and memories.

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Kirkus Reviews

This slight story opens with a grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter gathered around a family photo album, in a book that replicates the formula used inYour Daddy Was Just Like You(2010). The grandmother begins to remember all the ways her daughter and granddaughter are alike: "Your mommy was born bright-eyed and fuzzy-topped. Just like you." Bennett's comforting refrain, along with the measured text, creates a soothing rhythm that pairs nicely with Walker's muted acrylics. Certain vignettes wonderfully capture less-endearing moments of childhood, such as when the grandmother remembers her daughter's tantrums, when she "pestered and poked, stomped and spit... / On those days she was sent to TIME OUT." However, the nostalgic tone is occasionally burdened by overly cute language: "Most days your mommy was my sweet potato—doll face—poopsie..." As in the companion title for fathers, Walker misses the opportunity to draw a visual connection between the little girl and her mother, who grandmother says was so much like her—a shame. Even though most young children enjoy hearing what their parents were like when they were little, there is not much here to excite the preschool set.(Picture book. 3-5)

Publishers Weekly
This follow-up to Your Daddy Was Just Like You (2010) follows the format of its predecessor, as a grandmother tells her granddaughter all about raising the girl's mother. Bennett smartly covers the good along with the bad—as a child, the girl's mother was adventurous, imaginative, and active, but "some days she turned into the terror!... On those days she was sent to time-out. Just like you." Walker's acrylic paintings capture the story's emotional highs and lows, as well as its warm humor; the overall tone, though, is one of assured love throughout the generations. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
The illustrations for the book are loving tributes to boyhood, even in its messiest, mud-jumping state.
School Library Journal
PreS—A grandmother looks at an old photo album with her granddaughter, telling her stories about her mother when she was little. Each page shows something about her childhood, from nicknames to temper tantrums, daisy chains, and scraped knees. The grandmother explains how hard her daughter worked when she was trying to learn to read and how stubborn she was about picking out her own clothes. The youngster sees pictures of her mom dressed as a frog, a magic fairy, and a beautiful princess. The illustrations are soft and gentle, complementing each milestone mentioned in the story. Perfect for intergenerational lap sharing.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Kelly Bennett lives in Houston, Texas and Jakarta, Indonesia.

David Walker lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Your Mommy Was Just Like You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
K picked this book up from our public library. I really liked how the author did a great job with showing kids that their parents which in this case is a mother use to act just like them. The pictures went great with what the author was telling us. The only problem I had was that I didn't know that it was told from a grandparent's point of view. Well the grandmother. It kind of confused K a bit. Though this book is a good way to bring together the memories of a grandmother to her daughter and from her to her daughter. 
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Grandmas are an entity all to themselves. Everyone can remember sitting in Grandma's lap; she was always the one who soothed you when you cried, or hugged you when Mommy had "that face" on her that made her look like a very angry Frankenstein. Grandma was also the one who told you stories, gave you candy, and was the owner of the biggest heart on the face of the planet as far as you were concerned. In this fantastic children's book, the wonderful Grandma explains how much alike you are with the child she raised. She sits down and tells you about the beautiful way you do things, and the amazing light that turns on in your eyes when you stare up at the perfect rainbow or grasp on to the perfect dream. She knows that you're smart and sassy; she knows that you have the talent and creativity locked in your soul that your Mommy passed down to you. She can also tell you that when you're bad and are a little on the "angry" side, that you get that from that 'Frankenstein' lady who sometimes stands in the kitchen, grumbling and mumbling about something that you did. Every single word in this book is a true festival of life - a true celebration of the family that surrounds you every day and how they will work for you, love you, and stand behind you no matter what obstacle may get in your way. One of the most beautiful lines in the story is when Grandma tells her grandchild how every day when she woke up she said "a prayer of thanks" that her child was in her life. And Mommy, your Mommy, does the same thing. No matter the hardships, bad days, or "Frankenstein" moments, you should be proud to be like your Mommy, because you'll grow up with the same love, courage, and strength that your Mommy has deep inside her soul. And, after all, you have to believe what she says...because she's Grandma. As we all know, there are houses that match the buyer; dogs that match the owner; jobs that match the worker...and this book matches this reviewer. As a person who lives in a home with a trio of women - Grandma, Mommy (Me), and daughter - three generations who are alike in some ways and completely different in others, it's a joy to watch the light in my own mother's eyes when her granddaughter does something that reminds her of what I used to do...even the bad stuff that makes her look like the 'Frankenstein' I remember when I was just a child. Quill Says: A perfect celebration of family and love with beautiful, touching illustrations to go with a heart-warming story!
SFC_Magazine More than 1 year ago
When asked to do a review of Your Mommy Was Just Like You, I was excited and could hardly wait for the book to arrive. I have reviewed a number of Kelly Bennett's books. Because they're always fun and interesting I look forward to seeing the next one. When I received the galleys for this book, I wasn't as pleased as I usually am. Don't get me wrong, Your Mommy Was Just Like You is a well written, funny book with a message and great artwork; but it didn't do all that much for me. The wife picked up and read it, then couldn't stop talking about how good it was. I didn't see it, but then I was never a little girl, or a mommy or grandmother. You see, the book tells a story about a grandmother telling her daughter's child all about how her mother was once a young girl just like you. My wife, now a grandmother herself, thought Your Mommy Was Just Like You was right on target, poignant, yet still fun. The ending was something she really liked. As my wife, Linda, carefully read the book to me and explained how she felt about every line and bit of artwork, I came to understand that Your Mommy Was Just Like You was written from the heart, to little girls and mommies everywhere. If you have a little girl, or a mommy, get Your Mommy Was Just Like You. No matter what the age of your mother, I can't think of a more appropriate present for Mother's Day. Oh, don't forget one for granny, if you have one, she'll love it too. Oh, by the way, I better add thanks to Linda for helping me get the idea of this book: Thanks, Linda!