This story on the gift of surrogacy is part of a book collection that brings to light the many reproductive options of family building. Come and celebrate the unique gift couples can receive on their way to becoming a family.
--Full Color with Illustrations.
About the Hope & Will Collection
Ordinarily, most people don't think twice about how to build a family. Having biological children is presumed to be the way it is going to happen -- until it doesn't. It is at this stage that parents begin the journey to explore additional options, and this journey is not always easy.
For those parents who choose third party reproductive assistance, these
books provide a delightfully new and refreshing way to tell children about their unique beginnings. Written by mental health and reproductive specialist Irene Celcer, and boldly portrayed by
internationally recognized illustrator Horacio Gatto, each stand-alone volume recounts the same story from a different perspective, highlighting four distinct pathways to conception: egg donation, embryo donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy. Each book in this collection provides a great vehicle for parents to tell children how they came into this world.
Available separately, the other books in the Hope & Will collection are The Gift of Egg Donation, The Gift of Embryo Donation , and The Gift of Sperm Donation .
About the Author
Horacio Daniel Gatto is an internationally recognized illustrator and graphic designer. His award-winning children's illustrations have appeared in many publications and several national exhibitions. Mr. Gatto is a member of the Argentinean Illustrators Association and the Argentinean Illustrators Forum. He presently makes his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Read an Excerpt
Matthew loved to read books before going to sleep. Every night Matthew cuddled with his mother or father or sometimes both to read a book. Some nights it was a pirate story, and other nights it was a king or a monster tale.
But one story was Matthew's favorite. His mother said it was her favorite too, their family's special fairy tale. Matthew loved to hear that story.
"Mom?" asked Matthew.
"Yes?" replied his mother.
"Tell me our favorite story."
"Okay. Are you ready?"
What People are Saying About This
"Hope & Will Have a Baby provides a framework for parents to tell children their own story...a wonderful way to introduce children to their unique beginnings, and a wonderful way for parents to become comfortable with answering questions. Parents and professionals will be grateful for this book's willingness to tackle the many ways families are made. I especially appreciate that the children are told a story that is wrapped in warmth and respect."--(Hilary Hanafin, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Los Angeles, California)
"The Hope & Will Have a Baby series by Irene Celcer is a great way to introduce young children to their birth story. The illustrations are terrific, and these books emphasize that making a family is the important thing. The writing is so clear and engaging that it's a book to be read to children when they are very young, and it lets children know that as they get older and more curious their parents are there to talk with them."--(Margot Weinshel, LCSW, RN, Faculty, Ackerman Institute for the Family, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, NYU Medical Center, Coauthor of Couple Therapy for Infertility)
"This book is about turning hopes and dreams into 'real' families...a wonderful tool for helping our children learn the truth about their unique beginnings without breaking the bonds of trust. The different roads taken to build families are explained [with] a warm and honest approach...to reassure our children who came into this world by unique means that they belong."--(Elaine R. Gordon, Clinical Psychologist, Santa Monica/UCLA Hospital, Author of Mommy, Did I Grow in Your Tummy?)