The Hope and Will Have a Baby
series is a welcomed addition to the children's books genre of non-traditional family building. What stands out when reading these stories is that the subject matter never veers from the overriding message that children born into our world through reproductive efforts are loved and truly cherished. Celcer takes five reproductive options and tells a story about a couple's struggle to have a child. Each story's theme describes Hope and Will's desire to become parents in clear terms using descriptive language that children can understand.
Using the same initial and final storylines, the five reproductive options are inserted midway through the book: surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and adoption. Needless to say, each story has a happy ending with Hope and Will achieving their dream of having a baby and becoming parents.
The illustrations are delightful which will appeal to children of many ages. Celcer uses language that is delivered in a straightforward fashion but in a soft and gentle tone that exudes warmth and comfort. This sweet and endearing series of books are recommended additions to all home libraries in an effort to best appreciate the various ways families come to be and to welcome all children born through these means.
Copyright © 2007 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG). All rights reserved.
--American Society for Reproductive Medicine
From the Publisher
We live in a world where telling our children about their origins seems to emphasize biology or technology at the unfortunate expense of the emotional climate that surrounds a family's beginnings. It is important for children to know the love, excitement and enthusiasm that parents feel when children became part of their family. These emotions, sometimes joyous, sometimes challenging, are acknowledged in the Hope & Will Have a Baby
collection of books in an appropriate way for little ears to hear and little minds to learn about.
Relating the tale of how a child came to be is sometimes fraught with awkwardness and embarrassment. This is true whether the story entails adoption, third party reproductive assistance, or even traditional conception. Many parents struggle to decide when, what or how to tell their children about their family's beginnings. Once finally parents, they may wonder if, how or when they should tell their offspring about their child's origins.
Irene Celcer, author of the Hope & Will collection, firmly believes that the well-being of children is based on healthy self-esteem, which comes from knowing who they are and how they came into this world and into their families. Although understanding the relational and biological parts of how humans are created is important, it is not the main concern of this collection. Rather it is the children's emotions of pride and love and of being deeply desired as their parents were building a family. This knowledge will help children build a strong sense of self-worth that will carry them throughout life.
This book collection can give parents a way to manage a task that may at first seem too overwhelming or stressful. It is meant to provide a way to talk about their desires to become parents and their ultimate success in doing so. It also is meant to give children an appropriate way to start understanding how they entered their family. Parents may choose to embellish, remove or add details of their own special family beginnings as they read to their children. And children will naturally do their own thing, with their own uncanny sense of innocence and delight. Ultimately, it is the family's traditions, culture, and religious beliefs that will dictate the degree of disclosure.
These books are here to help parents tell their children the loving story of their beginnings and the goodness and joyous celebration of their arrival. They accent the caring way that they were planned and how much they were wanted. The collection as a whole celebrates the diversity of ways that families can be created.