Where Does Mommy Go? by Shelley Hallier; illustrated by Richele Collins
I recently had our second child and was able to stay home for an extended maternity leave. I cherished every moment, but it was just as hard to go back to work (maybe even more the second time). The constant pulling of emotions and guilt for having to work have always plagued me as working mom. My daughter is now almost 5 and we talk more and more about Mommy’s work and where I go when she goes to preschool. We recently began reading Where Does Mommy Go?, written by Shelley Hallier and illustrated by Richele Collins, during our nightly reading and it has really added to our conversations about what Mommy does.
Where Does Mommy Go? is a beautifully illustrated 28-page book that describes the variety of different things from a child’s perspective that Mommy could be doing during the day ranging from going to outer space to catching big fish. One of my favorites is nabbing bad guys. Ever since we have been reading this book, she asks if I caught any bad guys during the day. She also has begun participating in conversations at the dinner table when Daddy and I are talking about our days. She asks if we had to work with any “bad guys” which makes me chuckle. The most important message of the book is at the very end when it lets your child know that no matter where Mommy goes during the day she would much rather be at home with her children.
This is the perfect book for your toddler and you to read and talk about when they begin to ask questions about where you go and what you do during the day. Once my daughter outgrows the story I will definitely be moving it to my son’s library for the time that he and I start talking about where mommy goes.
This book is a great gift idea for the holidays. Where Does Mommy Go? is available for $14.99 on amazon.com or online at www.wheremommygoes.com. As an extra bonus, the author is providing free shipping through December 31, 2011!
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes.