What can be somewhat of an embarrassing topic is handled sensitively and expertly in this superb non-fiction book.
There comes a time when children start asking those awkward questions…Where do babies come from? How are babies made? Where did I come from? The latter question often receiving a response in the hope of curbing curious minds until they are just a little bit older…you were delivered by a stork, you hatched from an egg, we picked you off the supermarket shelf (which is what I remember my sister being told).
Having the talk to explain about ‘the birds and the bees’ is an important conversation and this accessible book is a brilliant text to introduce and support a discussion. Making a Baby explains to children exactly how a baby is made - including the role of the male and the female parts and the different ways women can use to get pregnant. It details the growth of the foetus inside the womb from the initial joining of egg and sperm right the way through to child birth and the different ways that women may give birth. What is needed to make a baby is the same for all of us, one egg and one sperm. But there is more than one way for the two to meet. Sex, IVF treatment and IUI treatment are all discussed openly and supported with relevant illustrations and references to adoption and surrogacy are great as not all babies are raised by their birth mother.
The information is simple, clear and concise and never feels too overwhelming. It tells the reader what they need to know without ever becoming uncomfortable and the illustrations are perfectly pitched - they are accurate but not too graphic. A glossary can be found at the back which provides short definitions for key terms. This inclusive book features people of all races and all family dynamics are represented including mixed race families, same sex parents, disabled parents and single parents. Everyone will find themselves represented in the book.
An informative and honest read that is perfect for sharing together or giving to older readers to explore by themselves. Very difficult to give a recommenced age for this one as all children mature at different speeds and will be ready for this book at different times. A judgement call from parents would be my best advice.