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Everybody Has a Bellybutton: Your Life before You Were Born
     

Everybody Has a Bellybutton: Your Life before You Were Born

by Laurence Pringle, Clare Wood (Illustrator)
 

Everybody has a bellybutton, but what is its purpose? Award-winning author Laurence Pringle provides the answer in this unique angle on life from a single cell to birth. Pringle explains how the bellybutton is a vital link to life-giving-nutrients, water, and oxygen for a fetus in the womb. Everybody's bellybutton is a reminder of that mysterious, yet wonderful,

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Everybody has a bellybutton, but what is its purpose? Award-winning author Laurence Pringle provides the answer in this unique angle on life from a single cell to birth. Pringle explains how the bellybutton is a vital link to life-giving-nutrients, water, and oxygen for a fetus in the womb. Everybody's bellybutton is a reminder of that mysterious, yet wonderful, time of life before birth. Enhanced by Clare Wood's strikingly detailed illustrations, Pringle's gentle description of life in the womb is both understandable and enjoyable for young children. A note to parents and a book list for further reading are included.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Every single person in the whole world owns a bellybutton. This book uses the bellybutton as a launch for a gentle look at the development of a human embryo, fetus, and finally a baby. Of course, the bellybutton marks the spot where the life sustaining umbilical cord attached each individual to its mother. Young readers might imagine their own journey inside their mother each time they look at their own bellybutton. The drawings are realistically done in black and white pencil. There are no labels on the pictures of the growing embryo/fetus but some of the proper names and meanings are mentioned in the text. This book makes a good initial opener for discussions with young children about babies and birth.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3The reason for a bellybutton is the interesting starting point for a discussion that begins with a single cell and ends with a baby's first sip of milk. Told as though the reader is the subject of the story, the text begins by pointing out that everyone has a bellybutton and invites participation at different points by asking children to touch their own navels or feel their hearts beating. Words such as embryo, fetus, umbilical cord, placenta, etc., are introduced naturally in the text and are easily understood in context. Through the narrative, readers learn about the fetus's growth and anticipate its birth. The soft illustrations, done in pencil and pastel, add to the calm tone of the narrative and lend a happy, pleasant note to the information. They also help children to imagine themselves at each stage of development. A note to parents explains how to use and expand on this story. A short list of further reading is also aimed at adults who would like more information about human reproduction for themselves. This is an excellent first choice for youngsters asking about "where they came from" or who are anticipating the birth of a sibling.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
An excellent book for adults to share with children who are curious about their prenatal lives. Pringle (Naming the Cat, p. 1035, etc.), addressing listeners directly, begins with fertilization (the mechanics of conception are deliberately left beyond the scope of this book), details the various developmental stages of the embryo and fetus, and ends with birth. Soft, discreet pencil drawings on pink, blue, and lavender pastel backgrounds show how a baby grows from a cluster of undifferentiated cells into a newborn being welcomed by happy parents and big sister. There is just enough information, in text and illustrations, for preschoolers; Pringle also offers thoughtful suggestions for personalizing the explanation but cautions against "overtelling." Admirably restrained and formal, but not without warmth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563970092
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laurence Pringle is an award-winning author of more than eighty books about nature, science, health, and environmental issues. He is the author of Octopus Hug, Dinosaurs! Strange and Wonderful, and Taking Care of the Earth: Kids in Action. He lives in West Nyack, New York.

Clare Wood is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in Parents, McCall's, and People, magazines. She is the illustrator of the award-winning book Baby Steps. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

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