Written and illustrated by Johannah Bluedorn, My Mommy, My Teacher is the thoroughly enjoyable, full-color, children's picturebook story about a young girl who learns from her family and her mother how to work on a farm. The rich watercolor paintings, gentle tone, and love of life pervading this amenable story make My Mommy, My Teacher a warm and loving book ideal for reading aloud and sharing especially between mothers and daughters. --midwestbookreview.com
It has been said by a very wise man that mothering is reformation -- a statement that would be met with deep skepticism by many in our generation. They know little of mothers, as they know little of all true beauties, and therefore cannot understand how the familiar career, home-juggler they know could be anything but an unfortunate necessity. She is certainly not the wonder-women their grandmothers remember with respect. Nor is she the inconsistent feminist their own mothers remember with affection. Instead, she is a changeable member of a world in which they cannot play a part. Home is a place to be when there is nothing else to do, and children are a burdensome responsibility draining valuable resources from today's teetering economy. Yet some courageous women have chosen, over the last two decades, to deny the legitimacy of this worldview and invest their lives in a biblical vision. My Mommy, My Teacher, a book written and illustrated by Johannah Bluedorn, is a tribute to one such woman -- the author's own mother and all like her. It is the journal of a day in the life of a mother, with all its wonders and joyful toils, as seen through the eyes of her daughter. The Proverbs 31 employments of cooking, clothing, cleaning, training, teaching, encouraging and beautifying are all in evidence; the loving interactions between parents, children and siblings are commendable. Its greatest value is in its beautiful and encouraging portrayal of a homeschooling mother's life. The art, like its subject of motherhood, is distinctly timeless. One sees 1850's fashions alongside the reading of The Hobbit (which was not published until 1937) and log cabins displayed on the same canvas as Peter Rabbit. Watercolor is the medium of choice, and the style is simple, antiquated and colorful. While this book is certainly no breathtaking thriller, there is something refreshingly beautiful in the truth of its assertions. With modernity's almost constant attack upon the bastions of biblical motherhood, it is uplifting to see so pretty and charming a defender of her cause. By Kate Franklin --Homeschooling Today Magazine
My Mommy, My Teacher is a high quality hard cover with beautiful illustrations and a warm, engaging story line that promotes the joys of home schooling. I just read it to my daughters last night and we all enjoyed it so much. My 13 year old son who was listening said, We should home school like that! There are several things that appealed to him: 1.The farm (chickens and strawberries!!) 2.The parrot 3.The cozy read alouds, and 4.The love and joy. I have learned so much from reading Teaching the Trivium, and My Mommy, My Teacher has put it into simple terms for me. I have always read aloud to my children, but had fallen out of read alouds during the school day thinking we had too many other important things to do. Both books have helped me to see that this is one very important thing that we need to get back into during our school day and not just at bedtime. I am looking forward to those cozy moments with the kids drawing, cutting, and sewing while I read those memory building books! I was thinking that if you were new to homeschooling and weren't sure of how to set up a schedule or what to do, this book would give you lots of ideas. (I am a veteran and it gave me some new and good ideas!) The paper in My Mommy, My Teacher is very thick and sturdy. It will survive many read alouds. Your children will enjoy paging through it and gazing at the beautiful detailed, full color illustrations on each page. --Britta McColl at morningstarlearning.com
About the Author
Johannah Bluedorn Stanford was homeschooled by her parents and is self-taught in art and skilled in the use of a variety of media. She is the author and illustrator of several popular children's books including Little Bitty Baby Learns Hebrew, Little Bitty Baby Learns Greek, The Story of Mr. Pippin, The Lord Builds the House: The 127th Psalm, and Bless the Lord: The 103rd Psalm (all published by Trivium Pursuit), and From Dark to Dawn: A Tale of Martin Luther and the Reformation and Raising Maidens of Virtue (both published by Books on the Path). Johannah is married and lives with her husband Adam Stanford in Green Valley, Illinois. She is currently working on a children's picturebook titled A is for Amicus, a Latin vocabulary alphabet book.