Monday, May 28, 2012

Under a rainbow

Under a rainbow
by Zera Walpole
Language: English
Blurb, 2012
18 p. : col. ill. ; 17 x 18 cm.
My annotation: Told in rhyme, this is the story of two women who wanted to expand their family of two. The story is written for their son and tells of how they needed sperm and an egg in order to make a baby. They do not explain to him however where the sperm comes from or where the egg comes from, just that they themselves did not have any sperm and that they would have to search for a “special man” who would give them some of his. Their other stipulation is that this “special man” also be a “great Daddy” too. This is a tall order but they are successful and this book thus introduces the child to the concept of a known donor, although the term “donor” is not used. How much this Daddy is a part of their family is hinted at here when the author says, “you have a Daddy, so kind and so true/Who loves you as much as a Daddy could do.” Since he has a name and was also present at the child’s birth, this is a unique kind of family not represented in other children’s books. This book takes a family-building approach and employs "the helper,” “labor of love,” and “families are made differently” scripts. Computer art drawings are in full color and depict two happy women and a happy “Daddy” throughout. Recommended for ages 3-5.

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