Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Daddy, was mommy's tummy big?

Daddy, was Mommy's tummy big? 
by Carolina Nadel 
Language: English 
Arlington, VA : Mookind Press, ©2007. 
[32] p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.
ISBN: 9780979276118; 097927611X 
My annotation: This story begins when a baby elephant asks his father, “Daddy, was mommy’s tummy big?” His daddy then begins to explain how much he was wanted but that “seasons passed...and no baby came.” So they visited several doctors, endured a lot of tests, and finally a doctor helps them find “some parts” they need, which was sperm. He puts the sperm into Mommy’s body, which joins with mommy’s egg, and a baby starts to grow. This is a simple story which begins with a child’s questions about how big his mommy got when she was pregnant and ends with her saying she got bigger than anybody else but not as big as her smile at having him. This book introduces children to the terms “sperm” and “egg,” but does not use the word donor to convey where the sperm came from. This book takes a child-conception approach and employs the “spare parts” and the "labor of love" scripts. The full-color illustrations of the elephant family are appealing and depict other pregnant animals. Recommended for ages 3-5.

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