How You Were Born

How You Were Born

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Text and photos explain how a baby is conceived, how it grows inside the mother's womb, and how it is born.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, 1984
ISBN: 9780688017101
Branch Call Number: RG525.5 .C64 1984
Characteristics: 48 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 15, 2011

One of the nicest things about How You Were Born is that it is very inclusive. Births happen at a hospital, childbirth center or home, assisted by a doctor or midwife; milk comes from a bottle or breast. Not everyone's experience can be covered, of course, nor is that necessary--in the introduction, Cole talks about reading the book to her own child and comparing her cesarean birth to what's described in it, stressing that the important parts of birth--the happy expectations and love--are the same. In describing more than one option for childbirth in this book, Cole avoids setting up a rigid scenario in children's minds, making it possible for most parents to adapt the book to their situation. The helpful introduction also gives suggestions for adapting it to a child's different needs at different ages. One thing left out of the book is how the sperm and ovum get together: according to Cole, the youngest children aren't usually interested in knowing, but parents should still think about how they want to answer that question. A bibliography of suggestions for further reading may be helpful.

Overall, this is a superb book, as enjoyable as it is useful. Sharing it with your children can help make answering "why?" a delightful adventure rather than an embarrassing chore. * (4-8)



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"The best book we've seen on the subject."--Parents Magazine. This classic book on the birth of a baby has been completely revised and expanded for today's families. With irresistible full-color photographs and a clear, straightforward text.

PreS-Gr 3-- Appealing new packaging of an old favorite. As in the earlier edition (Morrow, 1984), Cole relates the process of conception and birth in a personalized manner. The text reads as though the author were talking to a child, skillfully integrating the illustrations with the narration. Revisions are slight: ``uterus'' replaces ``womb'' throughout; sentences have been rephrased; paragraphs have been restructured. Parents are told in the introduction that ``Children born by cesarean need to know that theirs is simply another way to be born, and that the important parts of birth . . . are the same.'' All further explanation of the procedure has been omitted. Also left out are the diagrams of the male and female reproductive systems and the comment that ``during labor, your mother had to work hard.'' In all, the changes facilitate the flow of the story and eliminated potentially disturbing topics. Vibrant full-color photos have replaced the original black and white; they depict a variety of families. Diagrams have been watercolored and refined, but with one exception, duplicate those in the original. While several other titles on the topic are currently available, Cole's book continues to set the standard. --Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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