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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Trivium Pursuit (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974361658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974361659
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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There are plenty of books out there written by homeschoolers, and for homeschoolers.
Dawne Shelton
All throughout the day she's interacting with her family and learning about life, love and service from her mother's example of tender loving care over her family.
Blessed and Highly Favored of God
Your children will enjoy paging through it and gazing at the beautiful detailed, full color illustrations on each page.
homeschool mom to seven children

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Misty Forest on October 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My Mommy, My Teacher

Although this book is sweet simply for the wondrous illustrations Johannah Bluedorn has created, there is a depth to this story that homeschoolers worldwide will enjoy and deeply treasure.

As a homeschooled child herself, Johannah has captured the very essence of life in a homeschooling family - she has captured the bond of love, trust and joy found between loving parents and their children. I believe Johannah has given us a unique glimpse into her own childhood memories that were the inspiration and basis for this treasured story.

Patience, understanding, gentle discipline, engaging instruction, joyous obedience and more are to be found in the children's characters as they move through typical homeschooling days and seasons of the year. Although the full color page illustrations are heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable - it is the children's hearts and actions and the parents unwavering love and guidance that have truly captured my attention and drawn me to this book.

This is a must for every homeschooling home - not only for the children to enjoy and learn from, but for the parents and most especially the homeschooling mother to refer to for encouragement and hope!

Seen through the eyes of a little homeschooled girl, as parents we are given a unique gift through this book - we can begin to understand what our children see in day to day life. What our children's joys and pleasures are, how they perceive learning and education, the simple basic trust and reliance they place in the God of their parents, how family interaction is so vital to the well being and happiness of childhood - and how time with mother and father is the ultimate foundation the child builds on for life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By homeschool mom to seven children on August 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 this book 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.

Truly,
Britta
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Coyle on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yesterday I sat down and read this book to my children who are aged, 4, 6, and 7. They absolutely loved it! As I read the story of a day in the life of a homeschooling family, I kept hearing a chorus of "We do that, too!" from my kids. We read a lot of older books to our children, and while the morals and language of those stories are just what we like, they do, almost without exception, show the children going to school. How lovely to have a story about a family whose lifestyle mirrors our own! The children loved the detail in the illustrations and spent a long time looking at them. As soon as I was finished, they asked if I could read it again.

The only reservation some parents might have is that the book mentions that the family is reading The Hobbit. Families who avoid fantasy-type books might find that objectionable. Otherwise, I think it is a wonderful addition to any homeschooling family's library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dawne Shelton on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There are plenty of books out there written by homeschoolers, and for homeschoolers. But we are hard pressed to find books written specifically for homeschooled children about homeschool families. This book called "My Mommy, My Teacher" is written and illustrated by Johannah Bluedorn (who was herself homeschooled) for children. Specifically homeschooled children!

I was really delighted by this book full of sweet and gentle words telling of a homeschool family. The family consists of father, mother, three brothers and two sisters. The story is written as though the 7 year old girl in this family is telling it. My son was very intrigued to hear of a homeschool family in a book! This was new to him, as I said we are hard pressed to find children's story books in which the children in the book are homeschooled.

And it's not enough that the story is really engaging, Miss Bluedorns illustrations are gorgeous. I was very pleasantly surprised by the beautiful, soft and detailed pictures in this book. We read the book, but had to go back through a second time JUST to absorb the pictures as they, themselves tell a story. Each of Miss Bluedorns paintings are so full of details that it took us longer to marvel over the illustrations (and oooh and ahh!) than it did to read the book. They really are that interesting!

I think every homeschooled child should be entitled a chance to have this book on their personal book case. We couldn't help but smile as the little girl in the story told of the titles of the read alouds that the family in the book was currently reading, and how they use a timeline. This story is so true to life in the day of a homeschool family, that your child will not help but to feel a special fondness and connection to this book. I highly recommend it as a high quality children's book with top notch illustrations. Enjoy!
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