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What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best [Hardcover]

By Laura Numeroff (Author) & Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
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Item description for What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff & Lynn Munsinger...

Mothers and fathers participating in everyday activities show their love for their children in very similar ways.

Publishers Description
Daddies can do lots of things, like bake you a birthday cake, play with you in the park, and take you trick-or-treating. But what do they do best?
Mommies can do lots of things, like teach you how to ride a bike, sew a loose button on your teddy bear, and read you a cozy bedtime story. But what do they do best? The answer is made perfectly clear in this irresistible celebration of parents and the everyday things they do.

Citations And Professional Reviews
What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff & Lynn Munsinger has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 966
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/02/1998 page 89
  • Booklist - 04/01/1998 page 1333
  • School Library Journal - 04/01/1998 page 106
  • New York Times - 05/17/1998 page 31
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998 page 15
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1999 page 70
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 669
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 15

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.37" Width: 8.39" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1998
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
Age  4-8
ISBN  0689805772  
ISBN13  9780689805776  

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More About Laura Numeroff & Lynn Munsinger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best. The youngest of three sisters, Laura lives in Los Angeles, California.
Lynn Munsinger has illustrated dozens of children's books, including Spot the Plot by J. Patrick Lewis and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff. She spends winters in Vermont and the snowless seasons in Connecticut.

Laura Numeroff has published or released items in the following series...
  1. If You Give...
  2. If You Give... Books (Hardcover)
  3. Jellybeans
  4. Laura Geringer Books (Board Books)

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Mommies and Daddies do the same things   May 2, 2006
I love this book because it says exactly the same thing from the mommy side and the daddy side, albeit with different pictures- both daddies and mommy mend things, bake cakes, go for bike rides and do all the things kids love to do with their parents. We bought a few other mommy and daddy books, but they were so gender biased it made us cringe when we read them.
What Mommies/Daddies do Best  Nov 5, 2004
Two books in one showing parenting is universal. My seven-year old after reading a few times What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best can now breeze through it so much so that I feel it is more rote reading than mastering reading fluency. This is a bit too easy for him, but I liked the book for showing how Mommies and Daddies can do the same things, if they are so inclined to do so. My son learned to pronounce Mommies and Daddies very clearly by continuing to read this book and he does not sound monotone now.

My son also liked to go back and forth between sides to see how the other parent handled that particular page. The changing of the animals kept the imagination going and predicting which would next appear when he first started reading What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best. Each book consists of seventeen pages although they are not numbered.

The section entitled, What Daddies Do Best starts off with the same text as What Mommies Do Best, with the only differences being the animals and illustrations to suit the gender. For example the Mommy was on a bicycle pedaling up the hill with the child behind on a smaller bike. When we get to What Daddies Do Best the Daddy is pushing the kid on the bike. Their cake is quite a masterpiece with them both donning the white bakers' hats with a four tiered cake decorated in pink and blue icing.

This winning combination of author and illustrator shows how equally either parent can do something that still helps the child feel special and loved. They are different but the love for the child shines through in their role as parents in all that they do.

For those that have spouses with a sense of humor this would be an ideal book for Father's Day, without letting on the other side is all about What Mommies Do Best. The reading level would be about five to seven with the interest for kids from toddlers through elementary age.

This is a MUST HAVE for all Moms!!  Feb 18, 2003
My 3-year old LOVES this book! This is a DARLING little story of all the things Mommies can do (like bake a birthday cake, play with you in the park, hold you when you're feeling sad, etc) but in the end of the book the thing they do best is "Mommies can give you lots and lots of love!" Cute illustrations and just a sweet little story! Get one for yourself and also for a Mom!
Double Love and Challenging Parental Stereotypes!  May 17, 2001
This volume is two books in one, but with different illustrations built around identical texts (except one version talks about "mommies" while the other one talks about "daddies"). One cover has the mommies while the other cover has the daddies. The two texts and covers are printed upside down from one another. I've never seen a book quite like it. Just when you think that it's merely cute, you begin to notice subtle differences. The sex roles are mixed among the parents, and the illustrations mix it up even more. Mommies are messier than in the usual expectation in some cases, while daddies are neater than the usual expectation in other cases. The illustrations feature warm, funny anthropomorphic animals that will have you and your child giggling. The book will encourage much more involvement for both parents with your youngster. I recommend this book as a gift from a child for either mother's day or father's day.

The mommies' version begins with bears while the daddies' has hippos. I think the mommies got the advantage on that one. " . . . can teach you how to ride a bicycle, make a snowman with you, and bake a delicious cake for your birthday." The daddies' cake is much nicer though. Maybe the daddies did okay. What do you think?

The mommies' version goes on to use pigs. Hmmm. " . . . can help you make a garden grow, give you a piggyback ride, and take care of you when you're sick." But daddies are goats. I'm not sure either parent was advantaged here.

The mommies pick up as mice. That one had me laughing. " . . . can watch the sun set with you, sew the loose button on your teddy bear, and hold you when you're feeling sad." The daddies are foxes. I roared when I saw that.

In the next section, mommies are elephants. " . . . can take you trick-or-treating, help you give the dog a bath, and play in the park with your rollarblades." Daddies are rabbits. Mommies have the weight edge here.

In the final section, mommies become . . . porcupines. " . . . can read you a bed time story, tuck you in, and kiss you good-night." "But best of all, . . . can give you lots and lots of love!" Guess what daddies are? Crocodiles! Pretty sharp, eh?

However you decide to have fun with this book, it should add a whole new meaning to parenting in your household. Whether you are a mommy or a daddy, I suspect this book will give you the chance to do more things with your children. That's a great gift!

After you finish the book, you might ask your child to discuss what animals other people remind her or him of. You can extend the humor in that way, and also get many interesting insights into how you child sees and thinks about others.

Erase parental stereotypes with a big dose of laughter!

Great book for children who have one or both parents.  Jan 23, 1999
My 18-month old loves this book. It accomodates the father which is great since my daughter loves to have her daddy read to her. Additionally it covers a wide variety of activities that parents might engage in with their children. The only thing that struck me funny is that the illustrations for the Daddies version indicate that dads are fancier/do things better. It's not a criticism, just funny. The daddy makes a grand cake, and the mommy is slopping stuff all over the kitchen. In another scene, the daddy is trimming a topiary, and the mommy is hoeing in a corn field. But regardless, a unique book that caters to parents' situations.

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