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When You Were Inside Mommy Hardcover – August 7, 2001


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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: 6.2 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

The pictures are great and the text is engaging.
Melanie E. Watson
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.
Jocelyn
Older kids could probably use more detail, but it's a good start without opening up too much.
KChap

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 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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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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10 of 13 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KChap on January 2, 2013
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We got this for my 2 year old since we are expecting another baby in a few months. This is the first introduction to "where babies come from" or new sibling info we gave him. He likes the book a lot and requests it.

The book doesn't actually get into new siblings at all, it's all about the current child, how they grew inside mommy and then was born. It doesn't get into sex at all, it says something about the baby starting as a tiny cell, and half the cell coming from mommy and half from daddy. I like that it uses more or less correct vocab; the baby grows in mommy's uterus, not in mommy's tummy. It does say that the baby comes out through an opening between mommy's legs, no anatomy there. It also talks about the baby getting food and air through the umbilical cord and shows a few cartoon pictures or different fetal stages.

Overall I thought it was a great introduction for younger kids. Older kids could probably use more detail, but it's a good start without opening up too much. I also liked to start with this rather than a big brother type book, since the concept of having a new baby in a few months definitely seems harder for my toddler to grasp. This would also be good for toddlers who weren't having new siblings but were just starting to ask about other babies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Climie on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased this book for my 2-year-old son. While he is too young to be asking questions about where he came from, this is a great starter book on the subject. We are expecting our second child, and our son knows that Mommy has a baby in her belly. 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. This is a great tool to help provide that first awareness of where babies come from. Now our son is beginning to understand that at one time, Mommy carried him in her belly, too. A great choice for even the youngest toddlers!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie B on January 19, 2011
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I got this book when I was expecting my second child, and my first was 2. We enjoyed reading it together many, many times. It provides details about how babies grow in the womb and how they are born at a level appropriate for little kids. Regarding the birth, it says something like "Mommy felt the muscles of her womb squeezing, and she pushed you out through a special opening that can open wide to let a baby through." I was on my own on how to prepare him for my upcoming repeat C-section, but other than that, the book covered everything I wished it would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn on November 13, 2013
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My son loves this book and we love that it helps solve the 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie E. Watson on March 11, 2009
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My 2 year old daughter loves this book! I thought it would be too much for her to grasp, but she really tunes in. I bought it when I was pregnant to help her understand, and while I don't think she fully understood what was going on, she seem to understand better after reading this book a few times. Her brother is almost 5 months old and she still loves reading it! The pictures are great and the text is engaging.
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