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Why Don't I Have A Daddy?: A Story of Donor Conception Paperback – July 24, 2008
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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.
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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.
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.
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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Definitely a book for 4-5+ just initially based on reading/comprehension level. That said, great book with very frank and easy-to-understand storyline.Published 4 months ago by Megan
I am a single, heterosexual mother by choice. I needed an easy to read and simple way to discuss my 5 year old sons sperm donor with him. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonlyn
This book had a great message but not brilliantly delivered. It could have done with a good editor.Published 11 months ago by Robina Reordan
Simple enough for young children to understand (about 7 years of age).Published on July 4, 2014 by Diane Melbar
We are 2 moms with a baby girl, this book applies to our circumstances as well. Thanks a lot to the author!Published on May 19, 2014 by Nandi Venter
Like other reviewers have said, it's pretty wordy for a child; and the fact that it refers to the donor as "father. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book is a bit wordy but otherwise it is perfect for me. It does talk about a donor as a father but, not a daddy. I agree with that so, for me it is fine. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Hide