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Big Purple Mommy: Nurturing our Creative Work, our Children and Ourselves Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2001


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About the Author

Coleen Hubbard is the mother of three daughters and the author of more than a dozen books for children and young adults, including the Dog Tales series. She is also a playwright, and her works have received staged readings at such theatres as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse, New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre, and many others. She has taught writing and drama to both children and adults, and speaks on topics concerning women, motherhood, and creativity.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; First Edition edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399526625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399526626
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,651,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Willis on July 18, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although Ms. Hubbard has some interesting insights about the challenges of being both a mother and a creative professional, I was repeatedly put off by her characterization of people engaged in "traditional professions" either as not creative or as trampling in her territority by suggesting that they might pursue a dream in a creative field. For example, in a self-described "rant," Ms. Hubbard complains about lawyers and doctors who have suggested to her that they might be interested in writing a novel or a screen play. Ms. Hubbard countered with a suggestion that she might as easily perform surgery or argue before the Supreme Court.
While on one hand Ms. Hubbard criticizes the "mommy wars" between stay-at-home mothers and mothers who work outside the home, she creates an equally deep chasm between those who she deems to be "creative mothers" and everyone else. I was hoping to find a book encouraging mothers to pursue their creative dreams, and instead I found an effort to keep interlopers out of her turf.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 21, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is so refreshing. A must for woman who are both artists and mothers. Or woman who are not yet participating in their artistic side. Buy it for your artist friends that are pregnant so that when they give birth, they will have the perspective that you not only can, but must nurture that artistic part of yourself. This book not only affirms but provides helpful advice to the artists, writers, playwrites, acting teachers , who, now that they are a mother, should stop their 'nice creative hobbies" and be a mother. Ms Hubbard's Big Purple Mommy says in order to BE a great mother, you need to honor the whole of your artistic being.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2001
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An amazingly honest and helpful book about mothers trying to be true to their own creative careers while also being fully committed to raising great kids. Although most helpful to women in the arts, it should be read by (or given to) any woman trying to balance nurturing themselves and their own work with nurturing their children. Great for book clubs.
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