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Wednesday 2 December 2020

Review: How Do You Make A Baby?

Children have a natural curiosity and while most questions are easy to answer, there is one question that every parent fears, where do babies come from?

This brilliant comedic style book by Swedish author and illustrator Anna Fiske is a delightful journey into how to answer that question.

The playful and light-hearted approach will help children understand the process. The book discusses the different types of ingredients at home, sperm and eggs work better than clay or hammer and nails. 

It discusses how parents love each other and the different activities they do together to show this.

The illustrations depict every step and leave nothing to the imagination. Together they explain where the sperm and eggs come from and how they meet up to create a possible baby or maybe even twins.

The different stages of pregnancy are shown and explains how every mother’s belly looks different; it talks about the cravings for food and then how the belly grows larger as the baby tucked inside grows. Shares some of the fun things like preparing the new baby’s room, new clothes and picking out names. Then when the mother has to give birth to the new baby, both natural birth and caesarean methods are shown,

The illustration where the sperm races to meet up with the egg describes it as a marathon and confirms that not all of the sperm make it.

This progressive story covers all different types of parents or couples, talks about IVF for couples who are unable to conceive naturally and how long it can take for a baby to be made.

The simplicity of this book is that it covers this subject honestly, warts and all without being too complicated. It will reassure any child who might not know how hard it is to make a baby and how valued each one is as a new baby can also cause jealousy among older siblings.

It is the perfect book to explain every aspect of making a baby, leaving no stone unturned. It allows the parent to either read the whole book or select parts that they want to share with their child depending on the age and the question.

Title: How Do You Make A Baby?
Author/Illustrator: Anna Fiske
Publisher: Gecko Press, $29.99  
Publication Date: 1 July 2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781776572854
For ages: 2 - 12
Type: Junior Non Fiction