How You Were Born

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It is natural for young children to be curious about where they come from. Using vivid full-color photographs and a clear, straightforward text, this comprehensive book answers the questions they have about how an egg cell grows to become a baby, how a baby lives inside its mother's uterus, and how a baby is born.

Text and photos explain how a baby is conceived, how it grows inside the mother's womb, and how it is born.

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Overview

It is natural for young children to be curious about where they come from. Using vivid full-color photographs and a clear, straightforward text, this comprehensive book answers the questions they have about how an egg cell grows to become a baby, how a baby lives inside its mother's uterus, and how a baby is born.

Text and photos explain how a baby is conceived, how it grows inside the mother's womb, and how it is born.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Revised in 1993, this photo-essay describes a baby's conception, fetal development and eventual birth. PW called Miller's photographs ``models of sensitivity and frankness.'' Ages 4-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The processes of fetal development and birth are explained in simple text and black and white photographs. Rather than a detached, clinical tone, the book emphasizes the love parents have for a baby even before it is born. All children are curious, especially if a new baby is expected. This book will help answer their questions sensitively. A School Library Journal Best Book. 1994 orig.
School Library Journal
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688120610
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Edition description: Rev. and expanded ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 401,850
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Cole

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

In Her Own Words...

"When I was growing up, my mother was the family photographer. Often I would stand at her side in the darkroom watching the image mysteriously appear in the developer. I thought it was magic.

"After college I worked in children's book publishing for eight years and then took time off to be at home with our two children, Kate and Jacob. Like my mother, I became the selfappointed family photographer, and I quickly discovered how Much I enjoyed taking pictures. I loved the pursuit of my subject; the tension of waiting to press the shutter; and the thrill of realizing that I had captured a special moment.

"I went back into the darkroom with my mother, but this time as her student. I took courses and I read about photography, but mostly I practiced with my camera, taking pictures everywhere—from family gatherings to grade school portraits.

"My ideas for my books have been inspired by my experiences with our children. My son's love of hats, the silly guessing games we played on long trips, and my daughter's delight when she learned to tie her shoe are the starting points for my books.

"Working as a photographer with young children is challenging because it is so unpredictable. A three-year-old may cooperate for five minutes or two hours. It's my job to make the photo session into a play date because if the child is having fun, the pictures will be natural and full of life. I photograph the children in my neighborhood, not professional models, because I want them to look like the everyday kids who read my books.

"I feel very lucky to be a writer and photographer of children's books. Through my camera I am blessed with a strong connection to my past as well, and each book is a brand new adventure in the future."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    great book!!!

    This book explains ''how you were born.''The beginning of the book shows what you looked like inside your mom's tummy. The end of the book shows the steps of birth and the steps of pushing.

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