When I got my copy of Sarah Behnk’s book, Mama, Where Are You Going? in the mail, my nine year old didn’t miss a beat– “That’s the perfect book, because you’re always leaving.” OUCH! Fortunately, this is a board book for the littlest ones and my four year old was much kinder, or at least, offered no comment in that regard.
Sarah is a working mom from East Longmeadow, MA who wrote, designed and self-published this sweet little book to help her young daughter, Aria, understand why sometimes Mama has to leave the house. One thing that really struck me about this book is that it shows HOW MUCH Mama does in addition to going to work. I think kids (my kids, anyway…how about yours?) think everything happens magically and don’t see all the work that goes into putting a meal on the table, or keeping clean clothes in the drawers, or having a tidy, comfortable house to live and play in.
My four year old son loved flipping through the book and pointing out all the little details that he recognizes from his own life. (Also, aren’t tiny little feet the best?) As we read the book, he would say, “Oh, you do that, Mommy.”
This is an adorable little book that is approachable, attractive and easy to read. I asked Sarah a few questions about the book, so check out the Q&A below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway! One person will win a copy of Mama, Where Are You Going?
1. What inspired this book?
2. How did your daughter react to the book?
3. In your dedication, you said your daughter inspires you to do more. Tell us about that.
4. Mama does a lot in this book! When you look back at your childhood, what do you remember your own mother doing?
5. What are your favorite children’s books? (Besides your own, of course!)