I Want to Be a Mommy
by Judy Cooley
If you could be anything you wanted to be, what would you choose to be? A princess, an explorer, a teacher, a doctor? How about a circus clown, a movie star, or a famous singer? Maybe even the president! The pages of I Want to Be a Mommy are filled with a little girl's imagination as she bounds and bounces from one idea to another of what she wants to be when she grows up and contemplates what would make her the happiest.
Lovingly illustrated in Judy Cooley's trademark style, I Want to Be a Mommy is a story that will help every little girl know that she can be and do many things when she grows up, but there is one special way she can do them all.
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By Judy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The message is great! Being a mother is MORE than any other ambition. It is after all Gods plan and purpose. The what "if's" aren't fears but a smooth transition to the next dream. I think it says you can be a mom and be brilliant! I think it teaches -You Can Be Anything You set your mind to and be a Mom! A dream this next generation has lost sight of... Thanks Judy
By Mark E., Submitted on 2015-02-25
Love, love, love this book! I'll read it to my grandaughters and hopefully they'll read it to their daughters and grandaughters. A read-aloud book for all seasons. Customer, Utah
By Kimberly, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As a new stay-at-home mother of a baby girl, I really wanted to love this book. I think the over all message is an essential one, that motherhood is the best and most important job one could have. And the illustrations are gorgeous! But I'm afraid the story may send young girls the wrong message: that pursuing talents or dreams that require hard work are not worthwhile.
For example, the narrator wants to be a doctor but doesn't want to have to learn "big words, like stethoscope," so she goes looking for something else she can be. I couldn't picture myself reading this page to my daughter and giving her the impression that mothers are off the hook when it comes to learning big words! I also didn't like that the main character wants to be a singer, but fears she will lose her voice. Is this teaching children to make decisions based on fears and what-ifs?
I understand that this story may be trying to capture the way a child might think---flitting from ambition to ambition and dropping various interests based on really superficial reasons. But children are so impressionable, I worry about unintended lessons being taught here.
Of course, the ending tries to show how the main character can use all her talents and skills as a mother, which is also a fantastic point to drive home, and it partially remedies my concerns with the story. I'm just not sure the conclusion speaks louder than all the pages preceding it.