What Makes A Baby

A Book for Every Kind of Family and Every Kind of Kid

Silverberg, Cory

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
What Makes A Baby
"..a twenty-first century children's picture book about conception, gestation, and birth, which reflects the reality of our modern time by being inclusive of all kinds of kids, adults, and families, regardless of how many people were involved, their orientation, gender and other identity, or family composition."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Seven Stories Press, [2013], c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1609804856
Branch Call Number: j 612.6 S5874w 2013 Parenting
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Smyth, Fiona Illustrator


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PS-Gr 2 - This book 'emphasizes that not everyone goes about having a baby the same way....The bold, stylized illustrations show non-gender-specific people in a rainbow of hues, some with internal parts to make a baby and others without. The final spread asks, "Who was waiting for you to be ... Read More »

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Jan 16, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In the self-published "What Makes a Baby," a sex educator and a graphic artist team up to craft a refreshingly flexible explanation of baby-making. Silverberg's text and Smyth's illustrations answer questions about where babies come from and, more importantly, allow caregivers to share as much or as little about their children's history as they wish.

As the book opens, eggs and sperm come together and share their stories. Later pages feature a uterus to grow in, people awaiting the child's birth and even two possible ways for the baby to exit the womb: through the vagina or via C-section. The narrative leaves room for child listeners to discover their own stories and it even invites conversation, asking: "Who was waiting for you to be born?" Lovely cartoonish illustrations done with heavy lines and extensive colour feature children and adults of varying ages, skin colours and apparent abilities.

A particularly welcome addition to adoptive and nontraditional families, this book would serve as a unique, appealing and informative resource for early sex-education discussions with any child.


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