- Age Range: 2 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Hardcover: 36 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Ltf edition (May 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761112006
- ISBN-13: 978-0761112006
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before You Were Born Hardcover – May 1, 1998
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PreSchool-Grade 2-A whimsical yet accurate look at many different aspects of prenatal development. Told from a pregnant woman's point of view, the lighthearted rhyming text begins, "Before you were born and with 9 months to go..." and counts down to delivery day. In the bottom left corner of each double-page spread is a thumbnail drawing of a baby along with an informational tidbit on a developmental milestone that each month brings. For example, readers learn that at seven months to go, "You were now starting to smile and frown." The facing page then focuses on one identifying event for that month such as hearing the baby's heartbeat, feeling the effects of the hiccups, or experiencing rapid weight gain. After focusing on the mother's perspective, a postcard-sized flap can be lifted to reveal the fetus, happily painting its growing nails or gleefully dancing, boom box in hand. Loose, jaunty, black-ink lines and splashy watercolors support the humorous tone of these anecdotal vignettes that are sure to garner laughs as the woman's belly grows out of proportion to her tall skinny face. Readers will enjoy the interactive nature of this energetic title.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
Also, I am having a home birth (and did with my daughter, too), and this book specifically states that mom and dad went to the hospital. This is applicable to most families, but the reference makes it a poor tool for my home birth baby.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I would call informative true to life. I guess I was looking for something more natural.Published 7 months ago by Linda Seaberg
This is a fine book but it is not the one that I was hoping to receive. There was another book which came out in the late 1970's or 80's. Read morePublished 13 months ago by White Elder
Not what I was expecting. Not a very helpful book for preparing toddlers for a new sibling. Very silly rather than informative. Read morePublished on October 14, 2014 by Carly McKay
Still love this book after 7 yrs. Dont have this delivered yet it a must have book. Buying for my friend who has a two year old. My sister had this book and my kids love it. Read morePublished on September 18, 2014 by Nancy
My kid loves this book and it has cute illustrations (I don't think they're creepy) I'm using it for my toddler to help her understand my pregnancy. Read morePublished on August 31, 2014 by Uzannesay
Great way to explain to older siblings why mommy's tummy is getting so big! Three year old sister was amazed.Published on June 13, 2014 by Laurie Yankoski