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About the Author

Carolina Nadel, the author and illustrator of "Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big?", has a background in medicine and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and 7 year old son. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mookind Press; 2nd edition (August 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979276101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979276101
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Martin, Lpc on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a former DE patient/now mother, and a therapist specializing in infertility, I have been counseling clients thinking about donor egg, doing it, or having done it for nearly 10 years. Disclosure is one of the main issues parents grapple with. It can be daunting thinking of how & when to tell. Most critical is "how do I tell my child!?" Finally we have an answer! Carolina Nadel has given us an excellent tool. Her book will help all tounge tied DE parents begin a dialogue with their child. The pictures are positive and bright. They encourage interaction with your child. The text is simple, elegant and honest. It also encourages discussion and you can begin to add the specifics of your story to Ms. Nadel's story as you go. This book is not bogged down with too much information, nor is it dumbed down. You can read to a newborn, toddler and grade school child. It is a fantastic resource and I encourage all DE parents to get it and begin their own child's story with the help of Ms. Nadels's book. My 2 year old loves it! My older children read it to me and each other. They ask about the shots, the sad elephants and the BIG smile in the end! Carolina, THANK YOU!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Melissa F on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is great. It's very simple and the pictures are gorgeous. I think even more telling is the fact that my children immediately asked me to start over from the beginning at the end of the first reading and they laughed hysterically at the line "did you eat the egg." There are so few books out there that explain donor gametes in a way that is accessible to children so I am grateful to Nadel for writing this book. It also comes in a donor insemination version called Daddy, Was Mommy's Tummy Big? You can read the book online by going to Carolina Nadel's website and clicking "next" after each page (look to the right of the picture).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I've purchased several picture books that aim to introduce the concept of donor egg to young children, but this is the only book that I'm satisfied with. Unlike the others, this book strikes an excellent balance: it doesn't condescend and dumb down the process of egg donation, yet it also avoids technical terms that aren't age-appropriate and only serve to confuse young children. The dialogue between the mother and child elephants is realistic, and it's also simple enough to serve as a branching-off point for readers - other books don't allow for this opportunity. The illustrations are bright, cheerful, and age-appropriate without being cutesy. Finally, a picture book that presents egg donation in a non-threatening, straightforward, gentle, non-didactic, even fun way.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott L. Bonder on September 12, 2007
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My kids love this book. It is in their top five list of books they request before bed along with "The Gas We Pass, the Story of Farts," and "Curious George." It really does a great job of introducing the concept of egg donation in a non-technical way to very young kids. My kids are 2 and 4, and they LOVE it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on August 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A friend had a child through donor egg, and I got this book to gently introduce my daughter to the topic. The story is simple and touching. The illustrations are whimsical. A wonderful book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Weaver on February 12, 2013
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I bought 3 different egg donor stories. This was my second favorite. My favorite was "An Itsy Bitsy Gift of Life", which took a little more of a scientific approach. "Mommy, was your tummy big" was a little vague. It talks about an elephant woman coming to the couples' door with a "gift".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Cameron on February 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book that we will use to educate not only our beautiful daughter but also friends and family. The illustrations are lovely, the message is moving. The story is not complex and conveys, in very simple terms, what a wonderful gift egg donation is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. May on November 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Our family LOVES "Mommy, Was Your Tummy Big"! Our daughter was conceived with the help of an egg donor, and this was the perfect way to explain to her her own situation.

The illustrations are fabulous, the story simple and clear. I laugh out loud at the "seasons passing" and "doctor" pages, and the drawing of the mysterious donor is perfect.

I look forward to Carolina Nadel's next books.
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