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Why Don't I Have A Daddy?: A Story of Donor Conception Paperback – July 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142599587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425995874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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from page 15:

The little lion thought about the different families he had seen, and thought about his own family. His family had two lions, his mommy and him, but no "daddy." Wondering about this, the little lion cub asked, "Mama, why don't I have a daddy?"

"Well yours is a special story. I had you on my own because I did not have a daddy for you. For you see, my little one, you have always been in my heart. I wanted and loved you soooo much even before I knew how truly wonderful you would be," the mama lion said as she lovingly licked the cub's soft fur.

About the Author

As a single woman who chose to create a family through the help of an anonymous donor, George Anne Clay sought to educate her small child about their family and the way he was conceived in a positive, truthful and accessible manner. Believing in the power of children's books to address sensitive topics, the author worked closely with a therapist and an illustrator to create this book. By sharing this book with her own son, she has helped him understand and appreciate his family and how he was conceived. Perhaps more importantly, the book has helped him respond to questions about his father in a positive way. This in turn has given him greater confidence and pride in who he is. George Anne Clay and her son hope this book helps others with a similar story discuss the topic of donor conception and celebrate their own special families.

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I don't think its healthy to describe a donor as anything but.
Heather
This part clearly stands out in the book, as if someone just added a lengthy blurb about donor conception into a book about lions.
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I thank the author for her efforts but I ended up getting rid of the book for two reasons that really bugged me.
Patrice

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Heather on June 3, 2010
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As an SMC expecting a boy created with a donor, I thought this book would be appropriate. I honestly don't like it too much. Could have been written better. I also SERIOUSLY do not like how the mama lion tells her son that he has a father but not a daddy. I really disagree with this. A donor is a donor, not a father, daddy or anything further than a donor. I don't think its healthy to describe a donor as anything but. Had I been able to view this book somewhere prior to purchase, I would not have bought it. Still wondering if I should keep it or sell it on ebay....
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patrice on September 9, 2011
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I had my much longed for son thanks to a sperm donor and although he isn't asking questions yet I want him to have an introduction to the concept of a donor from early on. I thank the author for her efforts but I ended up getting rid of the book for two reasons that really bugged me.

The first and most important was how the story talked about the cub having a "Father" but no Daddy. Sorry, but a sperm donor is not a Father - when he gave his donation there was no emotional or physical relationship with the mother. Since Father and Daddy are interchangeable labels I felt this was very confusing and misleading for children. For women I know that have used egg donors this would mean that the egg donor was the "Mother" and the woman who had been pregnant, given birth, and raised the child was a "Mommy" but yet there was another woman out there given the important title of "Mother." Seems to me that a woman who takes an 8 cell fertilized egg through 9+ months of pregnancy, gives birth, and then takes care of that baby from day one has earned all the Mom, Mommy, Mother titles!

The second is this book was so wordy!! It had long paragraphs on most pages - come on, what kid in the picture book age range has that kind of patience. It could have been simplified.

Again, I applaud the author for her intention and hard work getting this done, but I will continue my search for a book to explain my son's origins.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amf0001 VINE VOICE on September 21, 2009
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I bought this for a dear friend who had a baby by donor conception. This is a clunky book, but I think the very fact that you have a book that describes helpful lions who gave you their sperm is a good, normalizing thing. It's such a complex topic, but I wanted her to be able to introduce it to her child before the child was old enough to understand it fully, so by the time he does understand it, he will have known it all along. This is not a perfect book, but it's a start. The drawings are charming, the text is overwritten, but there is so little out there (there are many, many more adoption books for children, but hardly any donor conception books) that it will do. If anyone reading this review knows of other books that deal with this very specific issue, I'd be delighted to hear about them!

Edited to add that I also found and bought Just The Baby For Me via Amazon and think Just The Baby for Me suited my needs better - it's simpler and more heartwarming/charming than this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alberta on November 16, 2009
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All parents search for that one book that can make such a difference in their child's life. This is such a book. Why Don't I Have a Daddy? sheds light on the sensitive topic of donor conception, giving both the mother and child words to understand, accept, and feel good about their unique and special family. The pictures are warm, the words are tender, and the book is loving--one that we will read over and over again for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 1, 2011
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After reading some of the so-so reviews I was hesitant to purchase this book. However, since there are so few books on this topic, I did anyway. I am so glad I did! I really like this book as does my son, who just turned 3. Yes, the book is a bit wordy, but it tells a great story. I love that it goes into details about all the many different kinds of families there are, and then goes into detail about donor insemination. It gives all the details I would want my son to know, including how to handle questions from other children, and how I handle questions from adults.

I wasn't sure about the use of "father" as some of the other reviewers have mentioned, but after doing some research on the topic, I believe it is indeed appropriate terminology to use. There is also a rationale for its use as an afterword to the book.

I like the drawings,and love the context. Of course I live in Africa so the whole animal scenario really appeals.

I also have the other book "Just the Baby for me" and like it much less than this one. It doesn't hold my son's attention nearly as much either.

Overall I really recommend this book, unless you have a problem with the terminology "father". But as I said, the research seems to support the use of this word in this situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2013
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Eventhough I have to pay for the return shipment, i am sending this back. May be this book was "written out of love", as it states, but by someone who should never write books. (Thank you for trying though!) This clumsy attempt at writing a children's book is even more aggravated by the fact that the author is trying really hard to naturally introduce the subject of donor conception into it. None of it works. The book is pretty standard and uninteresting (but still OK) until it gets to the topic of donor conception, when the tone suddenly becomes somewhat apologetic and the text becomes very wordy, it suddenly uses clumsy language and goes into way much detail to explain everything, including the difference between daddies and fathers. This part clearly stands out in the book, as if someone just added a lengthy blurb about donor conception into a book about lions. It leaves the reader (or at least me) with a feeling that the two-person family while obviously inferior to the standard families is still OK for this particular lioness and her cub. This is not the feeling i want my child to have about our family. And what a terrible name for a book!
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