Monday, December 10, 2007

Children's Book Monday - We Help Mommy & We Help Daddy

A Path Made Straight is hosting a "Children's Book Monday" that I am participating in again.

Reading to our children is important. Reading GOOD books to our children is very important. These two books are very good books. I'd say these books for the most part, show the parental roles of Mother and Father in the traditional manner. Mom is a stay-at-home mom taking care of the children and doing the housework, baking etc. Dad goes off to work in the morning and does the fixing jobs around the house, outdoor work, chopping wood etc.

These are great toddler books - teaching children at a young age that everyone in the family is a helper and that even though they are little - they can help out...even if it's just getting dressed in the morning.

In "We Help Mommy" and "We Help Daddy" - a little girl and her brother go through a typical day and show all the ways they can help around the house.

We Help Mommy
We Help Daddy
Written by Jean Cushman
Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin

I know it's supposed to be a one book review - but these two books are more like a set.

In "We Help Mommy", the children begin the day helping mom by getting themselves dressed as much as they can, helping with breakfast, making the beds, cleaning house and on and on. At the end of the day, DADDY comes to tuck in the children and says thank you to the children for helping out.

In "We Help Daddy", the children go through a day helping dad with projects around the house - like handing him tools, pulling out weeds, washing the dog, cleaning the car etc. At the end of the day, MOMMY tucks the children into bed and says how pleased she is with their helping. And the children feel good about having been little helpers.

The illustrations in these two books are very sweet.

My children, 5 1/2 and 8 have outgrown these books, but I will be saving these books for when other little children visit or for my children to share someday with THEIR children.


David and Amy Campsall said...

Hello! I'm Amy from I appreciated your comment on my blog. Although I've never spent time in Manitoba I did grow up in northern Ontario. My husband worked at a mine in Snow Lake manitoba before we married. I do feel like baking more when the kitchen is clean.. I was told recently by an older lady friend that if you make your bed everyday and tidy the kitchen The rest of the house will more easily fall into place. I think she's right!
We are reading a great book to our children right now have you heard of it?
Don and Joyce discover a hive of busy bees volume 1.By Effie Williams. Published by Sure Foundation?
It's really great! is the website on the back of the book.
Ok enjoy your day!

MondaythroughSunday said...

I remember reading these books when I was a child. I just read the story of the woman who Illustrated those books..very interesting. Thank you for the review! Merry Christmas!

Elise said...

I just love Eloise Wilkin, and these two books look like treasures! I'm going to see if I can find them on ebay to add to our collection. Thanks for the sweet, informative review!