Children love their mother’s purses. This almost goes without saying. Desperate mothers everywhere know the immediate transformation that occurs when shiny silver keys are dangled in front of a toddler. Or better yet… a wallet, the ultimate in entertainment, all those cards, all those slots.
P.H. Hanson has recreated this delightful, often forbidden experience for children through a unique board book, My Mommy’s Tote. Cleverly constructed to resemble a carryall tote bag, My Mommy’s Tote includes real carry handles and a plethora of exciting activities inside to discover. Now your child can experience all of the goodies he or she finds so entrancing in your purse in a form just for children. “Yes, you can play with THIS purse.” Mother’s across the continent will announce.
This unique title combines all the best features of “lift the flap” books and takes them to the next level. Not only are there flaps to lift with pictures behind, but there are die cut keys on a plastic keychain, a wallet with a slot for a removable credit card, fold out accordion-style photos of family, notebooks that open and close, a white drawing pad with Velcro dry-erase marker (with built-in eraser!), an integral handkerchief and a spinning dial that displays stars on one side, letters and numbers on the other. The features are nearly too many to list.
The pages themselves are multi-dimensional with recessed layers and die cut shapes protruding from out of the top of the tote. And if you thought your purse was cluttered… you should see what this mamma carries! From a single leopard print shoe to a teddy bear and a half-eaten cookie, there are plenty of treasures for children to discover here.
The coup d’etat in my oldest daughter’s opinion is the removable laptop, constructed of sturdy silver cardboard. Hinged in the middle, it opens and closes, and is complete with a printed keyboard and screen. My little girl has been packing this ‘computer’ around with her everywhere, and is fiercely protective of it. I wonder whom she gets it from. “It’s very, very nice and I love the computer. I love the computer. I love the computer.” She informs me when asked her opinion of the book.