Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?
written and illustrated by Carolina Nadel
Arlington, VA : Mookind Press, ©2007.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 9780979276101; 0979276101
Reading level: Ages 2-6
Review: Written and illustrated by the author, a doctor who had fertility problems. This story begins when a baby elephant asks his mommy elephant if her tummy was big when he was in it and how he got there. She begins to explain that after several visits to the doctor and several attempts at pregnancy, the doctors helped her find a “special lady” whose eggs helped her become pregnant. The story’s purpose is to help parents explain IVF and egg donation to their children. The author wrote a second book with the same characters and similar illustrations—a little elephant asks his daddy if his mommy’s tummy was big and how he got there. The daddy elephant goes on to explain that mommy needed to borrow a “part” (sperm) from someone else in order to have him. Colorful illustrations. High quality binding.