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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688170439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688170431
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When You Were Inside Mommy by Joanna Cole, illus. by Maxie Chambliss, also explains pregnancy and childbirth in language young children can understand and presents pertinent details in a matter-of-fact manner. Chambliss's palette in soft tones of pink, blue and lavender conveys the happiness of the expectant family and several detailed drawings of a developing fetus reveal some of the mystery. The small trim size makes the paper-over-board book comfortable for lap sharing while the "Note to Parents" in the back offers advice on talking to children.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-A meaningful and sensitive way to open up a dialogue about pregnancy and childbirth with preschoolers. Cole tells the facts in a straightforward, enthusiastic, but sensitive manner, addressing the child directly ("Once you were inside your mommy. Did you know that? It's true!"). The concepts covered are the most basic: babies grow in the womb from cells provided by the mother and father and are fed through a special tube. When the muscles of the womb start squeezing and the baby is ready to be born, the scene switches to the hospital, where the joy of the birth is the main focus. Chambliss's color illustrations match Cole's tone perfectly, and show a warm and loving family consisting of a mother, a father, and a baby who develops into a boy of about four. The happiness brought on by the infant's birth can even be seen on the faces of the doctors, their smiles visible through their surgical masks. Illustrations that depict the womb and the umbilical cord make the text easier to understand without being too graphic. An informative note to parents offers practical tips for answering children's questions with honesty and warmth.

Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


More About the Author

Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

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The pictures are great and the text is engaging.
Melanie E. Watson
What I like most about Joanna Cole's book is that she uses accurate, yet simple, terminology, and gives accurate information without going into too much detail.
Deborah Climie
I especially love this one because it explains PREGNANCY, not just babies.
Janine Fowler

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JL Bell on November 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is such a great way for preschoolers to learn where they came from and gives parents a way to tell their child's birth story. We interject specific happenings from our son's birth story and he just loves it. It was the perfect book to read to our oldest son when we were pregnant with our second child as it helped him understand the process of what was happening/going to happen now that there was another baby inside of mommy. He was only 2 years old and he comprehended it all through the simple language and adorable pictures! Perfect book!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Betts on March 5, 2002
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Joanna Cole (I Am a Big Brother, I Am a Big Sister) has created yet another great book for sharing with young children. Directly addressing toddlers and preschool age children, Cole tells about pregnancy and childbirth. Using terms such as uterus, umbilical cord, and breast, and with illustrations of a child inside the womb, Cole and Chambliss have created a wonderful book for parents to share with very, young children, especially when a new baby is expected. Additional information on answering children's questions about birth is provided at the back of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ursula S on August 18, 2004
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Great book for pre-school age children who are curious about being "inside mommy" but who do not need a lot of information yet. This book was the perfect first book for my 4 year son who has been asking questions.
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Bought this to answer a 4 year olds questions when she found out a new brother was coming. I loved that the book was honest, but not too revealing. It allowed me, the parent, to make decisions on how much information my 4-year-old needed. Would definitely recommend!
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By Jocelyn on November 13, 2013
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My son loves this book and we love that it helps solve to whole how much info is too much info question. My son is 3.5 and this was the perfect level for him. He loves the pictures and the idea of when he was inside me. Some of his friends moms are pregnant and this also helped with the odd ideas he had such as babies eat their way out of their mommies bellies. Answered his questions and didn't prompt a bunch of new ones, so perfect for our purposes. It's also well written and enjoyable to read, at least up to the 30th time or so.
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Our four-year-old grandson can't get enough of this book. Just the right book for him and his bazillion questions. Loving, factual, bit not too graphic for this age and a two-year-old brother.
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We bought a few books to prepare our 2 year old for the arrival of his baby brother. I especially love this one because it explains PREGNANCY, not just babies. It was a perfect way to explain my expanding belly and learn about the umbilical cord and how babies grow.
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Easy to follow story. Includes breastfeeding. 26 month old son can quote parts of it. He even chooses it at bedtime.
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