Before You Were Born

Before You Were Born

Before You Were Born

Before You Were Born


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It's the mystery of mysteries for soon-to-be older siblings: what's going on inside a pregnant mother's belly? BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, a joyful lift-the-flap book for children, that tells the parallel story of mother and baby during the nine months of pregnancy.

Illustrated with full-color whimsy by Laura Cornell, whose delightful work is familiar to readers of Jamie Lee Curtis's Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born and When I Was Little, BEFORE YOU WERE BORN is a month-by-month countdown written in rhyming verse.

Each page shows what's happening to the mother on the outside and then, under the flap, in the mother's belly to the baby on the inside. Children learn how Mommy is feeling and how the baby is developing, about hiccups, kicks, and umbilical cords, a first heartbeat, and the contractions that mark the beginning of labor.

For expectant mothers and curious little kids, and especially for kids with siblings on the way, it is an interactive storybook that delivers delight and information and reassurance, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761112006
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Edition description: LIFTFLAP
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 807,354
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 2 - 6 Years

About the Author

Laura Cornell has illustrated all of Jamie Lee Curtis’s bestselling books. She lives in New York City.

Jennifer Davis, a mother of four, wrote Before You Were Born to answer the questions her older kids asked while she was pregnant. She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Read an Excerpt

(From the author's foreword) As a mother of four, I've found that my children are fascinated by hearing about how they grew inside me before they were born. I've told each child the story you'll find here many times, especially on his or her birthday.

When I was growing up, the particulars of pregnancy were kept mysterious, resulting in misunderstandings and unnecessary worries. I created a homemade version of "Before You Were Born" for my two older children when I was carrying my third child. The idea was to gently and humorously help my children understand how babies develop and let them know that the changes I was going through were commonplace.

Reading the book together provoked lots of questions and the children became more involved in the pregnancy. I have since used my now-battered copy to reminisce with them about their births and to bring to life the joy they brought me even before they were born. I hope you have fun celebrating and sharing the experience with your child.

Excerpted from Before You Were Born. Copyright (c) 1998. Reprinted with permisson by Workman Publishing.

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