Moms Never Get A Break

Children - Social Issues
24 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Moms have a lot to do each day. From getting the children out of bed, dressed, preparing breakfast and a lunch for school, then it’s off to school for the children and off to work for Mom. But it doesn’t end there. After school, Mom has to pick up the children, take them to the park for playtime, go home and prepare supper, clean up the kitchen, keep the children from fighting and see that they’re bathed and in bed at a reasonable time. But don’t forget storytime – the most important time a mother could possibly spend with her children. And, once the children are in bed, there’s more tidying up to do. Is that all? What happens when one of the children has a scary dream?

Tameka M. Smart’s picture book story, Moms Never Get a Break, is a clever and sometimes funny look at all that moms do in a single day. Jayden and Jenny are two lively children, each with their own needs and demands. The plot follows the daily routine with frequent reminders that “Moms never get a break.” But there’s a lot of love in this story, too. Moms may be a multi-tasker at all times, the disciplinarian when needed, but moms are also the source of everlasting, unconditional love. The vibrant and beautiful illustrations help carry this story along. The simple language will help a young reader learn to read along and every child will recognize that often repeated key phrase: “Moms never get a break.” There may be some excited shouting when they see that line, written in bold pink. Beautifully told. A great way to teach young readers how important their mother (or caregiver) is in the smooth-flowing routines of their daily lives.

Marie-Hélène Fasquel

Moms Never Get A Break by Tameka M. Smart is a lovely children's book beautifully illustrated by Mahnoor Ali. The drawings are vivid and so true to life! They illustrate the story perfectly and soothingly. This first book is a success as it deals with an important issue: how single moms have to work twice as much as anyone, without the support of a partner. It is comprehensive, enjoyable, and tackles all the roles a single mom has to take on every day, even when she is exhausted.

Moms Never Get A Break by Tameka M. Smart is an adorable children's book that is perfect for kids. Indeed it shows them the depths of their mom's love and devotion. To top it all, it is also a book dealing with the topical issue of feminism and gender equality in a period of general awareness of this problem. Thus this volume is perfect for all children, boys and girls alike, to help raise their awareness of equality. Why should moms do it all? It also points out that single moms never get a break, implying that they are fully devoted to their sons and daughters. Such a situation should evolve as everyone, including single moms, should have an opportunity to lead a fulfilling life, with breaks from time to time. This volume is an eye-opener and will hopefully help change things. A great read for children as well as their parents who will find it a wonderful resource to start a conversation with their beloved little ones.