Before You Were Born: The Inside Story

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Imagine what your life was like before you were born. What did you hear? How did you eat? What did you do to keep busy? Following up on the success of her first book for children, Baby Science: How Babies Really Work! author Ann Douglas explores the beginning of life from a new perspective. Looking at the world of an unborn baby as it grows in it's mother's womb, young readers are taken on a fascinating journey to see where they all began.

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Overview

Imagine what your life was like before you were born. What did you hear? How did you eat? What did you do to keep busy? Following up on the success of her first book for children, Baby Science: How Babies Really Work! author Ann Douglas explores the beginning of life from a new perspective. Looking at the world of an unborn baby as it grows in it's mother's womb, young readers are taken on a fascinating journey to see where they all began.

For every child who is curious about his or her own beginnings, or who is expecting a younger sibling, Before You Were Born is the perfect guide. Vivid and engaging full color photographs and thoroughly delightful illustrations make this book as much fun to look at as it is to read. Before You Were Born is filled with interesting and informative baby facts:

  • Unborn babies are better at finding and sucking their thumbs in utero than they are once they are born -- and they have to find their thumb in the dark!
  • Listen to the swishing sounds that a dishwasher makes. That's the type of sound that babies constantly hear while in their mothers' wombs.
  • Twin fetuses are almost always awake and asleep at the same time. Scientists have even seen twins pushing and shoving one another in their mother's uterus.

Ann Douglas's lighthearted but informative text is wonderfully complemented by the gentle art of Eugenie Fernandes and touching photographs by Gilbert Duclos. Hands-on activities and Did You Know baby facts help young readers understand the science of life inside the womb.

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Editorial Reviews

Lynne T. Burke
Basic baby biology for elementary-aged kids is presented here in photos, drawings and activities.
Martha Topol
The combination of hands-on science with a child-centered text and a clear and attractive format makes this one a winner.
School Library Journal, October 2000
Children's Literature
Using clear and straightforward language, the author explains the exciting nine month development of an unborn baby. She starts her story with, "At the beginning of your life, you were a tiny egg that was smaller than a grain of salt." In the remaining chapters she covers topics such as, "Your First Home" (the uterus and amniotic sac), "Room Service" (the umbilical cord), "Warm Fuzzies" (the vernix), "On the Move" (how unborn babies kick), "Baby at Play" (how unborn babies move), "Napping on the Run" (when unborn babies sleep), "What's Up, Doc" (use of the doppler and the heartbeat), "I Spy" (what unborn babies see), "Hear This" (what unborn babies hear), "Womb Mates" (two or more babies), and "Happy Birthday Baby" (the birth). Each chapter is accompanied by an inset that provides scientific facts or hands-on activities, and each page features either full colored photos or explanatory illustrations. This softcover booklet provides facts about an unborn baby's development in a remarkably warm and caring way, just right to satisfy curious little minds. 2000, Owl, $6.95. Ages 3 up. Reviewer: Ute Krappen-Clancy
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PreS-Gr 4-This clearly written book speaks directly to children. Fourteen topics such as movement, sight, play, and how an unborn baby is fed are explored. Each double-page spread contains several components-the chapter title printed in vibrant red, several paragraphs of text, a large defining full-color drawing or photograph, and a circular insert. Concrete statements allow youngsters to visualize and gain an understanding of life inside the womb. They learn that at three months "your entire body was smaller than the size of your mother's thumb," and that the amniotic fluid "provided you with a snack in between meals." Inserts titled "Did You Know?" give additional facts on the embryonic state while "Baby Science" sidebars suggest simple experiments, such as lying in a bathtub with your eyes closed imagining floating in the amniotic sac. The inserts are accompanied by appealing and clarifying cartoon illustrations. The combination of hands-on science with a child-centered text and a clear and attractive format makes this one a winner.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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paper: 1-894379-02-0 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781894379014
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/7/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Douglas's books include The Family Tree Detective (Owl Books, 1999). Her first book for children, Baby Science: How Babies Really Work! (Owl Books, 1998) was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in both the U.S. and Canada.

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