Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Moms can do all kinds of things. They can be doctors, nurses, dentists, engineers, pilots, secretaries, waitresses and so much more. But the best thing about moms is the special care they offer their children. They actually have two jobs: one outside of the home and one at home. It’s important to appreciate the many things that a mom can do. A doctor mom also cares for her injured child at home. A secretary mom helps her child find missing items and keep things at home in order.
Michelle Travis has written a delightful picture book story to help young readers appreciate all the things their moms can do. My Mom Has Two Jobs explores many of the possible occupations for a mom outside of the home and, for each outside job, the author compares it to the similar loving care moms provide to their children at home. For example, the mom who is a police officer: “When I take my friend’s favorite stuffed bear, she teaches me to be honest and to care.” Loving lessons to make young people grow up to be loving, caring, honest adults.
Not only does the author present the many jobs a mom can do, but she also points out to young readers, particularly girls, that they can be and do anything they want as a grownup. And still be a good mom. There are many important lessons to learn in this colorfully illustrated picture book. The author made an excellent selection of occupations, though not every possible occupation is listed. The comparisons will encourage young readers to make their own connections with their moms and what they do in the workplace and at home. An excellent and enjoyable educational book.