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That Mama is a Grouch was honored as a finalist in the Parenting/General category of  the 2010 USA Book News Awards and the 2011 International Book Awards.  Other awards include first place in the Parenting category of the 2011 Pinnacle Book Awards, a silver recipient in the 2013 Mom's Choice Awards, and first place in the Family Matters category of the 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450535658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450535656
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is centered on a girl who just wants to have fun, but this involves making her mother grouchy. Sure kids do annoying things, whether they mean to or not, but setting rules and explaining one's point of view can get a strong and clear message across. This is a great book to show kids how their behavior affects others and that they should clean up after themselves. The girl, her grouchy mama, the rhyme, and colorful illustrations are splendid.
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This book got lots of great reviews and as I am a 'grouchy mom' I though it would be a fun read for my kids and myself. Personally I didn't like it as it seemed to give the message that it was the child's fault the mom was a grouch; that if they cleaned up their room for example, all would be well. In some cases that might be true but in our house I'm usually grouchy about other things and didn't want to give that message to my kids.
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The first time I read this to my daughter, she gave me a huge hug and then proceeded to have me read it over and over again. I believe we read it a total of 8 times in a row!

The message is delightfully conveyed, illustrations are fun, and the story is relatable to young children. The book not only entertained my child, but lead to a great conversation about rules, and feelings, and how to talk about what is bothering us together. My daughter did assure me, once we had finished our eighth reading that first day, that I myself am not a grouch, which was something that I was quite relieved to hear.
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That Mama is a Grouch is a clever story. We get to explore the child's perspective about wanting to have fun and the mom's perspective of wanting a quiet, clean house.

This is a story that all mothers will praise as it roots for them and stands up for their right to be grouchy when their kids do bad things. Kids will also get a kick out of this story as I'm sure they've done the things the little girl in this story has. And hopefully it'll teach them to have fun but to stay tidy and not do things they know they'll get in trouble for. At least to keep their mom from turning into a grouch.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author. This is an honest review.
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That Mama is a Grouch teaches how children behave, how they feel, and how they perceive their parents, but most importantly, the story teaches children to be more responsible. Caretakers, nannies or early childhood educators should have this book in their book collection.

I bought That Mama is a Grouch for my sister because she has young children, and they are expressive, saying exactly what they have on their minds. My sister, a teacher, likes to help her children to understand what they have read, and this book is one that helps parents and children to communicate better. Why is Mama a grouch in the child’s eyes? there's much to debate from child's point or view vice versa for the parent.
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For every child that has ever felt they were being unfairly treated, author Sherry Ellis’ THAT MAMA IS A GROUCH will be a must-read.

A carefree youngster feels her mother is always a grouch, never understanding that she only wants to be a kid and have fun. Then the mother explains why she’s grouchy and what the young girl can do to help her be a better mom.

Illustrator Don Berry does a wonderful job bring the story to life with his drawings. His beautiful, bright illustrations are filled with extensive details depicting the scene.

The author combines humor and understanding to illustrate mothers are humans capable of much love. But she also shows they do have breaking points when pushed to extremes.

THAT MAMA IS A GROUCH is a fun look at why mothers sometimes appear to be so unreasonable to a young child. This story is a good way to help parents stress certain rules to youngsters, as well as a fun way for them to learn as they read.

A delightful book for any library collection.

FTC Full Disclosure – I won a copy of this book from the author’s website. No review was required, requested or even suggested. It is done by me for my own reasons. Receiving this complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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Absolutely Brilliant! My children love this book. The first time me and my daughter read it she went right upstairs to clean her room, and that never happens! I have only had the book 2 days and I have read it about 10 times already, my children can't get enough. Every Mother and child can relate to this book. It is both humorous and delightful and explains both aspects of the typical family household, the messy child and the grouchy mom. I highly recommend this book!
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What a pleasing story to teach your children the value of chores. In this particular tale, we see, through the eyes of a child who is too busy thinking about playing, which makes her momma grouchy. But we soon learn (through rhyme) that there is a reason. This book was wonderfully illustrated and well thought out. These are the types of children's books that we need more of; ones to teach our children about feelings, values,and chores. I also thought Sherry's rhyming skills were superb and an excellent way to help your child remember the importance of chores such as "putting away your toys". I see that the author also has out a second book. I shall soon review it as well and save both of these books for when my 4-month old grandson is old enough to appreciate them:)
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