This is a playful, tongue-in-cheek me of the things our mothers try to teach us as we pass through life. The author?s mother had her own way of dispensing this advice ? always with a touch of wry humour.The advice reflects the age-old wisdom of all mothers, in the face of our ever changing world. The art work portrays animals alongside human companions, which reflects the author?s/illustrator?s belief that friends can be found in the most unlikely places, a belief also held by her mother.Janie is a practising artist. In memory of her sister Jenny, proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to cancer research.