Where do mothers learn how to be mothers? With Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th, 2015, Mom School is a holiday special for just such a question. Written by Rebecca Van Slyke, Mom School’s daughter narrator asks: Where does mom learn how to build forts out of couch cushions, bake amazing cupcakes, multitask, talk on the phone, fix hair, or all of these simultaneously?
The answers to the questions arise naturally over the course of the story. The role-reversal in daughter thinking of mother as a student escorts Priscilla Burris’ illustrations of grocery stores, circle readings, bedrooms, fairs, garages, kitchens, gardens, and living rooms. These images suggest the nature of Mom School visually. Life is where mothers learn how to be who they are.
Maternal recipients of Mom School may delight in extending the role-reversal beyond the aforementioned topics. Questions such as, “Does mom go to “Mom School” to learn how to drive, or bicycle, or anything,” might urge young female readers to speak up!
Festive as cotton candy, Mom School is a place where all moms “get an A+.” Motherly life, however, may not be as sweet.
Rebecca Van Slyke, Priscilla Burris, Illustrator
Doubleday Books for Young Readers