The Mother of All Toddler Books


540 pages
Contains Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55335-016-2
DDC 649'.122





Reviewed by Monika Rohlmann

Monika Rohlmann is an environmental consultant in Victoria, B.C.


Writer and mother Ann Douglas is a well-known and respected authority on
pregnancy and mothering issues. This book on the second and third years
of childhood follows on the heels of her The Mother of All Baby Books.

In 10 comprehensive chapters and five extensive appendixes, Douglas
covers a bit of everything: physical development, child’s play,
discipline, body care, food issues, sleep strategies, health and safety,
and strategies for nurturing oneself and one’s family. Personal
quotations from mothers appear throughout the book, together with
helpful toddler tips.

It is often said that a child’s pattern for responding and
interacting with the world is determined by age three. For parents,
then, the toddler years present the greatest challenges—and rewards.
Douglas’s book provides some excellent guidance.


Douglas, Ann., “The Mother of All Toddler Books,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 21, 2024,