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"This is a solid, occasionally quirky book on an important topic." —School Library Journal
“It’s an informative and entertaining read for kids of all parents, straight or queer. And, hey, even if your kids were conceived the old-fashioned way, they should know not everyone was—and why.” —Queerty
"What Makes a Baby aims to be just about the most inclusive sex ed book for kids you've ever come across[...] it has none of this mommy and daddy love each other and he watered her flower with his watering can and then a baby was born stuff; What Makes a Baby is for kids around four to eight years of age, teaching them about"conception, gestation, and birth" using really specific language." —Jezebel
"What Makes a Baby offers a combination so rarely captured in children's books; beauty and meaning, fact and nuance, and most importantly the opportunity for all of us to see ourselves in these pages." —Nadya Burton, PhD, Midwifery Education Program at Ryerson University
“The book talks about where babies come from in a way that encompasses kids who are adopted, conceived using reproductive technologies, through surrogacy, or the old-fashioned way, and regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender, and other identity, or family composition. Author and sex educator Silverberg nails it, as does award-winning Canadian artist Fiona Smyth." —The Advocate
"Designed for all kinds of children in all kinds of families, this will be particularly welcome in adoptive and non-traditional families but is, uniquely, an appealing and informative complement to early sex-education discussions with any child.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred reviews
"Silverberg’s quest to exclude no one means he omits much in the book – including any mention of sex. The point, he says, is to get children asking questions but letting parents answer them with however much detail they see fit." —The Globe and Mail
"What Makes A Baby presents factual information on conception on a kid's level. With text that is open to personal embellishment, this book is sure to cater to many families and birth experiences.” —Green Parent Chicago
“The new book What Makes a Baby offers an origin story for all children, no matter what their families look like." —The Atlantic
“Our family needed this book. Your family needs this book. In fact, I can’t think of a family that doesn't." —Philadelphia Family Pride
"Now parents can have easy-going, straightforward, and (hopefully) painless discussions with kids about the miracle of birth!” —Parents
From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B00A5MRBRI
- Publisher : Triangle Square; 1st edition (May 7, 2013)
- Publication date : May 7, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 18447 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
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- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 36 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,315 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book features humans—I assume they are human, but in this book one can't really be sure about anything—that are amorphous, neon blobs that barely have faces, let alone genitalia. A book titled "What Makes a Baby" refuses to use the terms "male" or "female"—let alone "man" or "woman" (for these are antiquated, oppressive ideas with which we shall not burden our children). Instead, only "some bodies have sperm" and "some bodies have eggs." All I could learn from this book is that you need a sperm full of stories and an egg full of stories to dance, share stories, and then grow in a uterus. Then the baby can come out through what "most people call the vagina." If you feel like that is the kind of philosophical narrative that will equip your child with the life knowledge they need, then buy this book. But if you're looking for something grounded in science or reality, keep shopping.
The only mention of genitals in this is the word "vagina" but it does not show one. It only talks about the fact that "some babies are born by coming out of a part of the body most people call the vagina" and it shows a picture of a midwife taking a baby out of the vagina in a birds eye view, so that we dont see the vagina. The opposite page shows a c section and explains that the doctor makes a hole, takes the baby out, and closes the hole. The picture is not scary and shows zero blood or gore, but is realistic and easy to see what is happening.
There is a picture of the baby upside down inside of a person's body with the umbilical cord. They show a picture of a uterus and explain that some bodies have uteruses and some do not, and that babies grow inside the uterus. There is a picture with lots of people, and some of those people have a uterus and some do not in the picture. Again I stress that there is no gender in this book which is fantastic.
The pictures are very colorful and fun, yet informative. The single only complaint I have is that it doesnt talk about the sperm going into the egg, but just the sperm dancing with the egg. After we read the words on that page I just always add "and then the sperm goes in the egg." I think thats all that's really needed.
This book started a really nice conversation between my little one and I and now if I ask, my two year old can tell me which parent had an egg, and which parent had a sperm to make my little one and who had a uterus where my little one grew and got bigger and bigger (the book shows pictures of the stages of development) and then came out and how.
This book also does not talk about "mommies and daddies" which is great since we have a Daddy and Shoey in our house, and no Mommy. I would recommend this book for families who adopted or had a surrogate, etc. It just talks about a sperm and an egg, but doesnt say anything about what kind of people "should" have a sperm or an egg or a uterus. There is no mention of male or female or intersex or man or woman, etc. It also shows a lot of different families, family members, and babies, but they are very diverse and a lot of them are very androgynous. I haven't looked too much but there may or may not be obviously gay couples, nonbinary couples, and families with 3 or more parents. Super duper inclusive.
I love this book. It is absolutely perfect for our family. Perfect for your queer kids and gaybies too. xD