- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: DK Children (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789405792
- ISBN-13: 978-0789405791
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where Do Babies Come From? Hardcover – August 20, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
When inquiring young minds want to know the answer to this burning question, it can be all too easy for a flustered adult to offer either too much or too little information. Royston dishes up just the right amount. Here the focus is not on the reproductive act but on how the baby duck/kitten/human grows inside the mother and emerges. The details will eventually need to be bolstered, of course, but what's provided in this picture book is suitable for those first inquisitive forays. Royston's matter-of-fact presentation ("An egg joins with a sperm inside the mother to make a tiny kitten") is informative, reassuring and discreet. While readers see a newborn kitten emerging from beneath the mother cat's tail, people in the photographs remain fully clothed?a drawing of an unborn child in a fetal sac is superimposed on a casually dressed pregnant woman's belly?and readers are simply told that human babies are "pushed through a special passage between the mother's legs." DK's signature graphics work particularly well with this straightforward approach. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1?Illustrated with excellent, bright, and dynamically arranged full-color photographs, all on full- or double-page spreads, this simple introduction to reproduction uses as examples a sunflower, ducks, cats, and humans. How the sperm reaches the egg in animals and humans is not discussed, but schematic drawings are superimposed on the photos to show the fetuses. The brief, clear text, easy enough for beginning readers, explains a bit about development and mentions that all the species, upon maturity, can become parents themselves. At the end, charming, lively multiethnic children are shown in growth stages from infant to adult. An eye-appealing and straightforward selection.?Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.