I’ve read a lot of “Mommy Loves You” type books in the past 10 years since first having kids. Most of them have been very loving, filled with beautiful sentiments. So when I heard about “Because Your Mommy Loves You” ($11.55) by Andrew Clements I figured it would be very similar. Boy, was I wrong!
In this sweet companion book to Because Your Daddy Loves You, a little boy and his mom go on a hiking trip and camp out under the stars. Mommy is as calm and reassuring, but also goes far to foster her son’s independence in an encouraging and loving way. As heartwarming as its predecessor, this read-aloud book is sure to become a family favorite.
This book is so different from any that I’ve read before. When something goes wrong, instead of coddling to her son this Mom takes the opportunity to teach him some independence and common sense.
For example, when they were setting up their tent the son was having trouble getting his side up. The mom could have stepped in and do it for him but instead she showed him the directions again and encouraged him to go step-by-step until he got it right. In the end, he learned how to put up the tent properly and gained confidence as well.
What I really liked about this book is that it’s very realistic. I’m the kind of mom who has always encouraged her girls to do things for themselves from a very young age. Some of my friends have made negative comments about it but I don’t care. My daughters are more independent than some other much older kids that I know. Of course, I’m always there if they need help or advice but in the end it’s pretty much up to them to get things done.
“Because Your Mommy Loves You” is a beautifully written book and the illustrations by R.W. Alley really help to tell the story. We like the watercolor drawings and the very expressive faces of the characters. I also like how some of the illustrations are divided into sections to help convey the story better.
So if you’d like a different look at a Mother-child relationship, check out “Because Your Mommy Loves You”. It’s a breath of fresh air.
About the author:
Andrew Clements is the author of many best-selling books, among them the middle grade novel Frindle. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, and can be found at www.andrewclements.com.
About the illustrator:
R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved picture books, including the Paddington Bear series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at www.rwalley.com.
Purchase your copy of Because Your Mommy Loves You at Amazon.com for $11.55.
This post was written for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade who provided the complimentary copy for review and giveaway.
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