Friday, January 20, 2012

See Mom Run: A Children's Book Review

You may think by reading my blog that all I think about is running.  This may seem like the case, but my little girls are my entire life and today I was able to do something I have waited since I gave birth to do.

Yes she was my little Brooks runner for Halloween last year.  :)

My oldest, Bridget, is in the first grade.  She loves to read, do math, and she really loves running.  When she started school last year, I was working full time as a nanny.  I was able to see her off on her first day of kindergarten, but up until September of this past year, that was the extent of my involvement with her school.  I had no time off during the day, so my husband did everything from parent teacher conferences and school parties to music performances.

First day of kindergarten and preschool.

A few weeks ago, I got a note from Bridget's teacher that they were looking for Mystery Readers.  It was finally my chance to be the "present" mom at my daughter's school.  Now, I am not saying not being involved was a bad thing....I was able to provide for my family when we needed it most.  But, emotionally, I missed my kids and I finally got to participate in one of the activities that the school puts on for parents.

All that being a Mystery Reader involved was listing mystery clues to my identity and then reading a book to her class.  Can I tell you, I was nervous?!  I was only going to be reading a book to a bunch of first graders, but I wanted my little girl to be proud of her Mom.

This past week I sent in the following list of clues: 1) We love to camp at Disney 2) I love to decorate cookies & 3) I love to run marathons.  I knew these clues were a dead giveaway to Bridget, and I was excited to see if she could figure it out.  Bridget's teacher did tell me that the kids were excited to meet me because they wanted to learn more about what a marathon was.

While waiting in the hallway, Bridget walked by and looked incredibly confused as to why I was at her school.  The second time she walked by, you could see that the lightbulb had turned on and she duckwalked to the classroom with the silliest grin on her face.  Bridget's teacher came out to get me and had me wait outside while she announced the Mystery Reader was here.  Bridget started jumping and saying it was her Mom.  I was beaming at this point, my little girl was excited to have me there.

I sat in front of her class and began reading.  I brought See Mom Run by Kara Douglass Thom to read to her class.

See Mom Run is a story about a little girl named Penny who brings her mom's marathon medal to school.  She explains to her class what a marathon is and how you can get a medal for trying hard not winning.  The book then goes on to explain that her mom let her have the medal because she helped her mom run her marathon.  

I love this book!  I bought this book for Bridget when she was three and if you saw how worn it is, you could see how well loved it is.  It shows my girls how I wouldn't have something as important to me as running without them.  It shows that the little things they do to support me means so much to me.  I think the book also illustrates how fun being active can be to kids.  Bridget wants to run races with me now that she is getting older and this book has told her since she was three, that she can run alongside Mommy in a race.  

I highly recommend this book if you are a mom and want to show your little ones what running is.  I find it is a good book to explain why I disappear for 3 hours every weekend and that getting running shoes for your birthday is normal.  :)

Bridget's class loved the book as did her teacher.  It was a different book that she had never heard, yet really told you who we are as a family.  I am proud of my active family and so happy that my girls enjoy this crazy running life as much as I do.


Willrunformargaritas said...

This is AWESOME! Thanks for reviewing the book. I love that your oldest is a runner, just like her mom!!

Madeline@Food,Fitness,Family said...

Oh my goodness! I want to order this for my daughter ... thanks for sharing! Going to Amazon now haha...

Stephanie said...

Awww this was the exact post I needed to make me smile. I pretty much almost cried actually. I totally can imagine Bridget waddling down the hall tooo funny. Your girls love you so much and are so proud of you and happy to be a part of your life in anyway. I hope I can have that one day :)

Laura said...

Oh, I love this! Definitely gonna have to add this book to our collection. I'm sure your daughter was so proud!

jessica (pace of me) said...

ok - you have succeeded in making me cry. i love this post. my oldest is my daughter Abby - also a 6 year old in the 1st grade! i have never read this book before, but i am going to order it asap. i know what you mean about wanting your child to feel proud of you, excited for you to participate in school activities. i feel the same way!
i am loving reading your blog so much - when i read your words i often feel like i could have written them. so happy to have discovered you! xxoo

Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs said...

Love it!! So happy your were able to participate! I can just imagine your daughter's beaming face.

I definitely want to participate more with B's class. I went on a few field trips last year with his PreK and it was SO FUN. I feel like I'm in a different place this year with work and it's hard not being able to get involved.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Thank you so much for writing this post. That books sounds amazing! My daughter is about to turn 4 and I am going to have to hunt this book down for a birthday gift. She is my best supporter and I want her to know how much I appreciate it.

Jamie said...

This is awesome... I'll have to get it for my boy!

kara said...

Wanted to come by and say thanks for such a touching post!

kara said...

Wanted to stop by and say thanks for such a lovely post! It still amazes me that others use the book the same way I do:-) My fav line: "I find it is a good book to explain why I disappear for 3 hours every weekend and that getting running shoes for your birthday is normal." You have beautiful girls and I can tell they are so proud of you. Go MOM!