Friday, 4 August 2017

The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made by Fiona Katauskas

Do you have young children? Are they starting to ask you all sorts of things about the birds and the bees? Well if so, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is a wonderfully honest and factual story explaining how babies are made, how babies are born and what happens shortly after a baby is born.
The story begins by showing that all animals and humans make babies and explores the theories that children might hear about how babies are made. It then continues to explain how little boys and little girls may look the same but have very important biological differences. These biological differences are then described in further detail as the story moves from little boys and girls and their development as they grow into adults.

The story then informs the reader about the physical act of how two adults get together to make a baby and how that baby is created inside a woman’s body. A thoughtful inclusion in the story at this point is how some adults need a little help from a doctor to make a baby. In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is explained in simple terms using helpful illustrations to provide clarification.
The following part of the story tells the reader that a baby takes a long time to grow big enough before it is ready to be born. The experience of labour and birth is expressed using accurate words and illustrations and also explains that babies can be delivered naturally or via caesarean.
What happens to a baby after birth and the care a mother can provide is the final part to the story which ends with reminding the reader how amazing human bodies are and the amazing things they can do.

Some illustrations in this book are very confronting and I would encourage any adult to read this book themselves before they decide to show this book to their child. All children reading this book will be educated with the facts in a considerate and sensitive manner. The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made is a wonderful tool for adults to explain the birds and the bees to their child with no birds and bees in sight!
Amanda C.

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