I felt you flutter in my heart
written and created by Choice Moms and Choice Kids
20 p. : col. ill. ; 17 x 17 cm.
My annotation: This is the very tender story that a single mom begins to tell her daughter of how much she felt her life “would not feel complete until you were here with me.” Teased by the new boy at the park for not having a daddy, Isabella no longer wants to go back. When her mommy asks her what’s wrong, Isabella asks her mommy for the first time, “That new boy at the park said everyone has a daddy. Why don’t I?” That’s when her mommy tells her the story of how she had always known that she wanted to be a mother but that she had never met the “perfect daddy.” Her mom tells her that she had to go to a doctor to get help but she does not explain the nuts and bolts of human reproduction or mention anything about a donor. She goes on to tell her it will always be okay for her to ask questions, to be sad about not having a daddy, and even mad, because daddies are indeed “very special people.” This book reads autobiographically and the love the mom has for her daughter is tangible. It would be an excellent springboard for all single mothers to begin the conversation with their children about why they don’t have a father in their lives and why they made the choice to have a child without a daddy. This book takes a family-building approach and employs the “labor of love” script. The full-color illustrations are drawn by various children and the book is recommended for ages 3-5.