Author(s): Sharon Holt
Holly has to stay at home with Dad while her Mum goes to another meeting, so he decides to tell Holly a bedtime story about the night she was born. Looking at the pictures of baby animals and their mothers on her wall, she asks if she hatched out of an egg like a chicken. Dad tells her if she were a new chick, her mum would have fluffed up her feathers and sat on her to keep her warm. Your mother didn't do that. Holly then asks, what if she was a kitten? He tells her she would have licked her all over but her mother didn't do that. Well, what if she was a kangaroo? She would have kept her in her pocket - her mother wouldn't do that! The text continues in this way with plenty of warmth and humour until it concludes with Dad describing the night that Holly was born and what her mother really did: she "held her close to her heart and cried and cried."
Sharon Holt grew up in Auckland, but now lives in Kihikihi just south of TeAwamutu in the Waikato. She can't remember a time when she didn't dream of writing children's books. Sharon trained and worked as a teacher and journalist before rediscovering picture books as the mother of two toddlers 10 years ago. Since then, she has written many educational books for Learning Media in NZ and Cengage Learning in Australia. Her book on how to write jokes called It's True...You can make your own Jokes, published by Allen &Unwin, was a finalist in the non-fiction category for the 2007 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. She has also written two books for Scholastic's popular My Story series. Her picture book entry in the 2010 awards was inspired when her children came home from school saying they'd learned that mother sharks sometimes ate their babies. The idea for Your Mother Didn't Do That! was born in that moment.