This intimate picture book debut captures the joys – and occasional struggles – of being a stay-at-home parent.
Rollicking rhyme and playful illustrations record a day in the life of two rambunctious children and their stay-at-home mother. As fun as it is being a kid, it can be hard work being a mum. When Dad heads to his job, the joyful chaos of getting ready for the day begins. To the children, that day is a happy blur of school and playdates, singing and dancing, supermarket walks and library stops, bath time, story time, bedtime. But Mummy’s time is filled with a whole lot more – sweeping, laundry, stinky nappies– tiring work achieved with love in her eyes and care in her smiles. An authentic catalogue of precious moments in the life of an ordinary family, this warm, revealing story builds a bridge of empathy between parent and child and celebrates the value of “Mummy time.”
Monique James-Duncan is the author of Mummy Time, her publishing debut. A busy stay-at-home mother herself, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Ebony Glenn is the illustrator of numerous books for young readers, including Red Shoes by Karen English, Speak Up by Miranda Paul, and Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins by Michelle Meadows. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
I love the illustrations because they are so big and beautiful and the mummy and children are so happy.
Kids Book Reviews, Books Up North
The rhythmic and pacy text is great for reading aloud and gives a real sense of both the happy haze of the children’s world, as well as the tiring but loving work involved in busy motherhood.”
Cheery, rhythmic narration and Ebony Glenn’s softly hued illustrations through which the love between mother and children shines forth in abundance.
Books for Keeps