My 2-year-old daughter loves putting on my high heels and click-clacking around the house. I tried to get a photo of her prancing around our great room in my red patent heels this morning, but she was so adept at walking in those pretty shoes that all of my photos turned out blurry!
When I first saw the new picture book - Mommy's High Heel Shoes by Kristie Finnan (Mommy Workshop Books, 2008) - on another blog, I was immediately intrigued by the title and the cover. The book is meant to answer the question, "Why does mommy have to go to work?" in a positive and cheerful way. As far as I know, there are not many comparable books out on the market.
The story is about a little girl, who tries on all of her mommy's shoes after her mom leaves for work. She wonders why mommy has so many shoes and what she does at work. The illustrations (by Pat Achilles) are modern, fun, and fresh. The non-rhyming text is straightforward. The message is clear: mommy loves her work, but she loves being a mommy most of all.
Author Kristie Finnan is the mother of two little girls - ages 2 and 4. She works full-time for Genentech, a company in San Francisco that was recently named as one of the best companies for working mothers by Working Mother Magazine.
I don't work full-time away from my home, but I still relate to many of the charming illustrations - and I do have to go to work meetings, conferences, and mom-functions from time-to-time. It's nice to read a book that shows that mommies do a lot of different things - from making waffles in the morning to going to work to playing silly games. Moms wear lots of different "shoes" - and I love that Finnan's book acknowledges that reality.
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WIN IT! One winner will receive a copy of Mommy's High Heel Shoes by Kristie Finnan ($16.99 on Amazon.com). To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Tuesday, January 13 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #81 sarah b. Congratulations!