Nan's donut dilemma
by Mary E. Ryan
illustrated by Colleen Muske
Keen Editions, c2011.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 19 x 23 cm.
ISBN: 9780984660308; 0984660305
My annotation: Nan, a little girl in kindergarten, one day gets teased by her classmates because she does not have a dad and goes home to ask her mom, “why don’t I have a dad?” “Everyone has to have a mom and a dad,” says one of her classmates after all. Nan’s mom sits her down and tells her for the first time that that is a little bit true and a little bit untrue and begins to explain to Nan that it does take a man and a woman to make a baby but that in their case it was Doctor Deb and a “good man” she “never met” who “helped” her have her. She goes on to explain that that man is not her dad though because it takes “lots of love to make someone a mom or a dad.” Nan’s mom goes on to explain that she used to dream of falling in love and having children like her own mom, but that it just didn’t work out that way and that she “couldn’t wait one more second to find my way to you.” Although the words “sperm” and “donor” are never used, it is obvious that Nan’s mom used a sperm donor to conceive her little girl. The book conveys clearly how much her little girl was wanted and is loved and explains in a very gentle and loving way how children can be conceived this way. This book takes a family-building approach and employs the “helper” and “families are made differently” scripts. The full color illustrations are professionally rendered and the book is recommended for ages 3-5.