This non-fiction picture book answers many questions a curious child may have about pregnancy and babies. It also sets expectations of what a newborn is like. The bold graphics and simple text give information which is easy to understand for the very young, avoiding unnecessarily complicated details. The book describes conception as ‘when a tiny sperm from the man’s body joins up with a little egg from the woman’s body – there are no sexually explicit drawings. There is plenty of information on how the baby grows in utero (with cross-sections through the mother’s tummy) and how the pregnancy affects the mother (she may feel sleepy, or sick). The book explains how a midwife looks after the mother while she has the baby (there is no mention of hospitals, so would be suitable for a family planning a home birth). It also explains that having a baby is ‘hard work’ and can take hours (there is no mention of pain). When the baby is ready to be born it ‘squeezes out of the opening between the mother’s legs’. The final pages describe a newborn baby and what they do (sleep a lot, drink milk either from breast or bottle) – with a roughly life-size drawing of the baby’s head.
Categories: Facts of Life, New Baby
How Are Babies Made? (Flip Flap)
A good choice for a child who is curious about how babies are made, how they grow inside their mother, and what happens when they are born. It is factually accurate but also simple enough for very young children and is not sexually explicit.
Author: Alistair Smith Illustrator: Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Things we liked:
A well thought-out book which sticks to facts relevant for children. It could comfort a big brother or sister-to-be who is apprehensive about what to expect from their mother's pregnancy or a new arrival. The lift-out flaps in the book provide additional space on the page and make the book more interactive.