Love spot: a story of in vitro fertilization conception
by Brenda Geise
illus. by Blair Geise Merkle
Bloomington, IN : Authorhouse, 2008.
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. chiefly col. ; 22 cm.
ISBN: 1438911025; 9781438911021
Reading level: Ages 2-5
Review: Told in rhyme, this discussion starter narrated by the mother of a child conceived via IVF tells her child how “the doctor said / you would get a good start / outside my body / close to my heart.” It reassures children conceived this way that they were still conceived in love. The author uses the idea of a “love spot” as a metaphor for a baby or the mother’s egg. The theme of the book is the idea that through love a child can be created. For a younger child it may be fine but may not be clear to an older child.