Friday, May 31, 2013

How we became a family

How we became a family 
written by Teresa and Bernard Villegas 
illus. by Teresa Villegas 
Language: English 
Heart and Mind Press, 2013. 
32 p. : col. ill ; 21 x 21 cm.
ISBN: 0988450119 ; 9780988450110 
My amazon review: A couple falls deeply in love and wants to expand their family very much but they are not successful and they realize they must visit a doctor to see what they need to do in order to start their family. First they need two things: enough love to share with a child and enough trust and respect for each other in order to work together to be the best parents possible. They have both in abundance. The book goes on to explain that three other ingredients are also necessary to make a baby: sperm, an egg, and a uterus. Correct terminology is used throughout this book, also introducing children to the terms zygote and embryo, as well as the term "donor" for the woman who provided the egg the couple needed in order to have their babies. This book is lovingly written in the second person, addressing the child/ren directly: "Not a single moment passed while you were growing inside your mother that your parents didn't long for you to join their family." It is currently available in two versions: for children of sperm donors and for children of egg donors, both for parents of twins, although parents of singletons and triplets could easily apply this book to their family constellation as well. Books for parents who adopted embryos and for parents who used surrogates in order to have their children will be available soon according to the authors' web site. This is a beautiful and loving look at how much donor-conceived children are wanted. The illustrations are professionally rendered by the author who is also a professional children's book illustrator. The binding is excellent and it is a very polished book overall. Recommended. 
Library of Congress Subject Headings:

  • Fertilization in vitro, Human -- Juvenile fiction
  • Fertilization in vitro, Human


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