Who Is Your Favorite Mom in a Children's Book?
Children’s books are full of moms. Duck moms, rabbit moms, bear moms, and of course, human moms. Mother Bear from the Little Bear books is one of my favorite moms in a children's book. Yes she does what’s expected of a mom, offering lunch, surprising her birthday bear with a birthday cake after birthday soup doesn't work out so well, and kissing Little Bear goodnight—but that’s not why I love her. I love her because she lets Little Bear explore, discover, and learn on his own. She lets him put on more and more clothing when playing in the snow even though he already had what he needed all along—his thick coat of fur. She plays along when he pretends he’s landed on the moon. She doesn’t say, “Oh you’re just imagining. We're still here on earth. Now lets have lunch.” Instead she says, “I have a little bear just like you on earth.” Then, still pretending she’s a moon bear mom, she serves him lunch. Now that’s a great mom.
Tell us about your favorite mom in a children’s book.