Phoebe’s Family: a story about egg donation
by Linda Stamm
illustrated by Joan Clipp
Graphite Press, c2010
ISBN: 0975581074; 9780975581070
Reading level: Ages 4-9
Review: Written by a clinical psychologist, Mama loves to tell eight-year-old Phoebe the story of how Phoebe came to be with the help of an anonymous egg donor. This book is for children who have a mommy and daddy. The author understands that children will often be confused by the discussion about eggs and sperm, and for that reason she raises and answers some of the questions about egg and sperm that a child of that age might have. Younger children might not understand some of the terminology used here, but it is a wonderful discussion-starter for explaining egg donation to children. This is a good starter book when talking about the donor and the feelings that the child may have about not looking like her mommy but still being like her mommy.
Available online: http://www.infertilitynetwork.org/files/in_phoebes_family.pdf