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How Was I Born?: A Child's Journey Through the Miracle of Birth Paperback – November 2, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Nilsson's astonishing photographs of developing fetuses illuminate an informative story narrated by a five-year-old girl whose mother is pregnant. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (November 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440507677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440507673
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had wonderful memories of Lennart Nilsson's wondrous photography and book from the 1975 edition my mother got me at age 3. Now, as a mother and a doula I wanted to share it with my own daughter. I did not like the new edition at all. The old edition included more photographs of the developing fetus as well as actually explaining reproduction. It includes multi age nude group photos so children can see the differences between male and female, and there is a photograph of a crowning infant, rather than the sanitized and cleaned up newborn of this book. Overall, I found this book dumbed down and wanting. If you want your child to really understand what is happening inside your body, and how it started, I would recommend Nilsson's "A Story in Pictures" form 1975, which you can get used. It is realistic, everything is illustrated with photographs, not cartoons. The only exception to that is penetration, which is represented by a cross section illustration. It is overall a much better introduction to reproduction and childbirth for children than all of these patronizing, cartoony books that are so common nowadays.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Soniaaa on May 21, 1998
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The book has excelent photographs, from the baby growing in the mothers womb AND from a real family expecting a baby. There are two possible stories to read, one adapted for small children. It is great the way the child is introduced in the subject... at first she hears about Mary and his brother with his daily things and one page after the other, children are more and more involved in what is going to happen. Like real life. My two years daugther has lots of book about expecting a sister, but this is the one she likes most, and the one she feels more comfortable with the baby that is arriving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Per on July 7, 2000
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Our oldest daughter was spellbound by this book that we bought while expecting our second child. Fantastic pictures and a great way to explain to a child what is happening with their mom.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Per on July 7, 2000
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Our oldest daughter was spellbound by this book that we bought while expecting our second child. Lovely pictures and a great way to explain what is happening with their mom to a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth_s on July 10, 2012
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I bought this for my 3.5 year old girl, we are 7 months pregnant with our third child and she's very interested in how babies are born and what they do inside my tummy. I first flipped through the book and thought it would be a little advanced for her. We haven't read it in depth, but the photos are fantastic for sparking open-ended conversation. We were able to look at pictures of the fetus/baby and she knew immediately what it was, but I was able to talk about how it grows, how it has little fingernails, how it will look when it's born. There are two side-by-side stories, one more factual and one from an older sister's POV, and some of the pictures are of the mom and older sister together, so we were able to talk about feelings that older sisters might have ('Do you think Mary looks excited? Are you excited?' etc). I'd say it is still a little advanced for her age, but not a bad buy to have around for her to grow into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kassy Knouse on May 16, 2013
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The overall information provided was very educational and even humorous at times. The pictures of the fetus developing at various weeks and stages are wonderful. And the way conception is described is factual and no-nonsense. Our girls really enjoyed this book. And it almost made me wish I could go through the miracle of pregnancy once more. Almost.
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