- Age Range: 6 and up
- Grade Level: 1 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Perspectives Press (IN) (December 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0944934129
- ISBN-13: 978-0944934128
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let Me Explain: A Story about Donor Insemination Hardcover – December, 1995
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I found this book to be lacking in general, nuts and bolts, child friendly information about DI. There is a little in there, but the majority of the book is devoted to discussing the relationships between the girl and her parents.
As a children's book, it is very wordy and the illustrations leave much to be desired. It is clearly directed toward children who are at least 7 or older.
As the single mother of a bright, question asking 3 year-old who was conceived through DI, I am beyond feeling dissappointed with this book. I actually feel it would do our family more harm than good. My guess is that most same-sex parents of children conceived through DI will share my opinion.
Straight couples are the lowest percentage of people who use DI to conceive. MOST women using DI are Lesbians and/or single straight women.
While there are straight couples who use DI when there is male-factor infertility, I feel that this book lacks the insight needed for this subject. It is useless for anyone except straight couples. Single women and lesbian couples cannot use this book, in fact, it would serve to alienate their child if it is read to them.
As a woman who conceived a child thru DI, i know first hand that when you are someone looking to address the topic in a children's book, there is more responsibility and more thoughtfulness that must go into the writing. As a result of the lack of insight of the author, I can only assume that book sales for this title were very limited. Now, when someone writes about this in the future and includes all children's DI scenarios, it will most likely do very well!!!