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Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements and Illustrated by R. W. Alley
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Pages: 32
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Publishers Summary:
When a little boy and his mom go camping, mini-disasters abound, and there are lots of opportunities for Mom to step in and fix everything. But instead, with a loving touch, this mommy shows her child ways to do things for himself, going far to encourage her child’s independence. And there is still plenty of opportunity for snuggling under the stars.

This warm and humorous testament to all the loving things a supportive mom does each day is every bit as heartwarming as its predecessor and is sure to become a favorite for families everywhere.

Littlebug Reads Her Version: I like going camping. Mommy does not like camping. At. All. When mommy goes outside she starts sneezing and her nose gets big and red! Mommy does not like camping.

This is a silly book because I know mommies don’t like camping. My mommy doesn’t. But my mommy just said lots of other mommies do, just not her. At least my daddy likes camping, he said he’ll take my brother and me sometime. That would be super fun!

What’s best about this book is when the mommy says she loves the little boy. I like that the very bestest!

Mom’s Two Cents: Spending the day with mom can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re young and it’s outdoors. Through the pages of Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements a young boy and his mommy spend the day shopping, prepping, hiking and eventually camping out under the stars. Along various points in their path the young boy discovers obstacles that seem to big for him to overcome, but following the example his mom sets he’s able to push through and enjoy a day of adventure and fun.

Yes, Littlebug is right, I’m not at all a fan of camping. Sorry! I have nothing against the outdoors except perhaps my inability to cope with the assault it makes on my sinuses. So, instead of torturing myself and those around me we spend time having adventures of all different sorts. Though we definitely still spend time running around outdoors, just in short spurts! That being said, the message found within the pages of Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements can be applied to any type of adventure or experience you have with your kiddos.

As our children grow and learn one of the most difficult things to do as a parent is to stand back and potentially let them fall. Part of life is falling down and getting back up again. In none of the situations in Because Your Mommy Loves You did the little boy fall, but the theme of teaching children independence was clear. Perhaps I’m a bit too overprotective, but there were a few scenes in Because Your Mommy Loves You that had me secretly cringing. Allowing the boy to walk across a log over a running body of water and allowing him to run around a store searching for his mom seemed impossible to me. That being said, this is obviously a problem I’m trying to overcome because as I stated earlier, children need to learn independence and if you don’t teach them they’ll never learn. It’s been a great book to share with both Littlebug and Turkeybird for that very reason, because they do rely quite heavily on their dad and I. Teaching our children to be independent but also that they can depend on those who love them is one of the most important lessons they’ll learn.

Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements is a story of love, independence and trust. This is not only a book that will be perfect for teaching young children about the reasons behind some of the things we ask them to do, but also a wonderful book for helping parents who may be a bit overprotective (like myself) to feel more at ease with their own fears. Little readers will love the adventure of camping and the opportunities it provides for learning more about the world the enjoy. Most importantly Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements shows young readers that no matter their choices and the end results of those choices that there will always be someone to love and care for you.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3 to 7. A beautiful story of love, trust and independence. Perfect for children and their parents in teaching the importance of trying new things.

Find Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements and Illustrated by R. W. Alley at the following spots:
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Giveaway!

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt I have the opportunity to giveaway one copy each of Because Your Mommy Loves You and Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements! Thank you so much!

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4 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements

  1. Allison says:

    (I don’t like camping either..) πŸ™‚ Looks like some very cute books and I love Andrew Clements.

  2. Ha! Don’t feel bad doll. I’m not much of a camper either.
    Unless it’s the fall. Then it’s cool, lovely, and less buggy.
    I would love to win these.
    Thanks for the review and contest.
    Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

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