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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Mommy, Daddy Please Teach Me! by Michael A Brown is a 34-page-long children’s illustrated book about growing up, being cared for, and families. It also contains a graphic representation of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The book is presented from a child’s point of view, but with the wisdom of an adult. The narrator explains that although he/she appreciates all the love, care, and help given while growing up, there is more to it than that. Parents tend to raise their own kids similar to how they have been brought up. In our crazed society of speed and efficiency, the notion of carefully teaching our children about everyday life is often thrown out the window. Too many demands sap parents of energy needed to go beyond day-to-day existence.
There are numerous examples presented for parents, but I will just focus on one: "Don’t just clothe me; teach me how/To dress my best for years from now." Here, the request is, don’t just dress me, but teach me the appropriate types of clothing for everything from walking on the beach to attending a wedding, or a funeral. As kids grow up, be involved more than just going shopping and laying clothes on their bed to wear. Explain to them why you chose the clothing you did and how they can learn to pick for themselves. That’s just one of numerous valuable examples for kids in Mommy, Daddy Please Teach Me! by Michael A Brown, and they are all presented in colorful and detailed artwork that will make the reader want to read this book again and again. Highly recommended.