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What Did Mommy Do before You? (Ages 3-8) Paperback – October 1, 1990

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PreSchool-Grade 2 Only a family photo album could do a better job of explaining a mother's life before parenthood to a child. Levine's book begins with mother and preschooler examining their own snapshot collection. The second-person text then discusses the child's mother as an infant and progresses through all of the milestones of growing up. Potty training, going to school, marriage, motherhood, and the small steps in between are shown with simple, matter-of-fact text and uncluttered, cozy watercolors. The style is eloquent but understandable, tender but not saccharine. What makes this book a standout is its gentle emphasis on the idea that even Mommy was once a child with lots to learn, and that as she grew up, ``things that looked hard got easier, and things that seemed scary weren't scary anymore.'' It's an important message for a frustrated child. Being a kid isn't easy; here is the reassurance that growing up is as wonderful as it is hard. A must for any library serving young children, this book presents its message just the way most mothers would. Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Ages 3-8
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140542159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140542158
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,247,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Stompor on August 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really liked the concept of this book -- Mommy was somebody before she was a Mommy!! It's great for kids to know that Mommy was a kid once, too (and that grandma is HER mommy!). And, it is good for them to know -- and Mommies to remember -- that they had friends and hobbies and interests before and aside from kids.

So, why doesn't the book show Mommy working? Graduating? Traveling? Anything besides dating and getting married?

Also, the last page is cute in that it shows Mommy being a mommy. But, does she HAVE to be bottle feeding? Could they show breast feeding in some sensitive way? Or eliminate the feeding conundrum somehow?

Just my $.02.
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Format: Library Binding
This book had always been a childhood favorite of mine, and had somehow managed to become damaged over the years. I was interested in replacing my copy for my 2 year old daughter...until...I read through my torn/tattered copy (the text is still legible, but almost all the pages are torn in half). Imagine my surprise, when I get to the end of the book and it shows the Mommy bottle feeding!!!! I'm very pro-breastfeeding, not that I'm against bottle feeding, and so I'm having a hard time setting aside my adult issues with the book and remembering how much I enjoyed reading it :( Like the other review, why could the feeding part have just been left out entirely? I also have some issue with the fact that the Mommy, jumps right into marriage before school/a career of her own...but it's hypocritical of myself as I married my high school sweetheart at the young age of 20. Fast forward almost 8 years and we're both still in school ;) As a child I easily related to the characters because my mother and I have red hair, and my father had dark hair. Now as an adult, I find myself relating even more because my husband has dark hair too. As my adult self I give this book 3 stars for the reasons I mentioned, but if you asked 5 year old Amanda, I'm sure she would have said that she would give it 10 because it was one she read almost daily for several years.
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Format: Paperback
This book is just so lovely. My almost-3-yr old daughter asks me to read it again and again and the end always brings a tear to my eye.
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