Le mystère des graines à bébé
by Serge Tisseron
illus. by Aurélie Guillerey.
Paris : A. Michel jeunesse, DL 2008
1 vol. (non paginé  p.) : ill. en coul., couv. ill. en coul. ; 19 x 24 cm.
ISBN: 9782226180131; 2226180133
Summary: Petit Paul vient de découvrir comment on fait les bébés. Mais ses parents lui disent : " petit Paul chéri, pour toi ça ne s'est pas passé comme ça. On ne sait pas comment te l'expliquer... ". heureusement, ses amis la chouette, l'éléphant, le lézard et le pingouin lui dévoilent le mystère des techniques médicales qui aident les parents à avoir de beaux bébés. Un album indispensable pour que chaque enfant puisse connaître l'histoire de sa naissance. Et que ses parents - une maman et un papa ou deux mamans, ou deux papas...- trouvent les mots pour lui raconter simplement l'amour, la conception, la procréation médicalement assistée.
My annotation: Little Paul’s teacher has just taught the students how babies are made the natural way and little Paul goes home to tell his parents what he has learned. But mom and dad seem a little troubled. “For you it did not happen that way,” his parents tell him. “We did not know how to explain it to you,” they continue. So Little Paul sets out determined to find all the ways babies can be made. He goes to a series of animal friends, who explain fertilization, in vitro fertilization, donor assistance, adoption, and embryo donation. About donor assistance, Little Paul asks if it is possible to know the donor and his animal friend tells him that in some countries you can know and in other countries you can’t. Little Paul then asks about the doctor. “Does he know? “Yes,” says his friend, to which Little Paul replies: “Why would the doctor have the right to know where I come from, and not me?” His animal friend also tells him that some parents are afraid to tell their child because they are afraid the child will love them less. “What a strange idea! I hope that if I was born like that, my dad and my mom would have told me right away!” says Little Paul. In the end we do not know how Paul was conceived but when he goes home, his parents sit him down and tell him all about it. The book includes a helpful glossary at the end for words like, anonymous donor, embryo, fertilization, IVF, gametes, and assisted reproductive technology. The book takes a child-conception approach and employs the “helper” and “nut & bolts” scripts. Recommended for children ages 5-8 and available only in French.