BEFORE YOU WERE BORN by Ann Douglas

BEFORE YOU WERE BORN

The Inside Story
by & illustrated by & photographed by
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A well-intentioned description of life before birth. The illustrations make use of photographs (including ultrasound) and artist’s drawings, often in the same image, and these are well used to clarify the text. How babies grow and develop inside the womb is both described and illustrated, and while the tone is one of forced cheer, the information is sound. Also offered are quite silly exercises for children to experience what life in the womb might be like, such as listening to a dishwasher to experience the sounds a baby hears inside its mother’s body, or being held under a towel or blanket by an adult and wiggling about. The getting-together of sperm and egg is lightly passed over, as is the actual process of birth. But children may be mesmerized by the drawings of the growing child inside the mother, and what activities predate their birth dates. Not an essential purchase, but adequate as an addition to the collection. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 1-894379-01-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Firefly
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2000




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