One of the great pleasures of a second pregnancy is telling your first child that he or she is to have a sibling. Anticipated questions bubble up. How did the baby get in there? Can (s)he see me? The child may start talking to the baby by name (real or invented).
If the child is old enough to understand — say six or seven — the gift of an illustrated children’s book explaining the coming baby’s journey from embryo to birth can be just the thing to accompany the revelation —or of course to explain any child’s personal journey. For either purpose, I recommend the recently published When You Became You, by authors Brooke Stanton and (Canadian) Christiane West, a slim hardback that tells this story simply but concretely.
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The illustrations are simply gorgeous. I would love to credit the artist, but her name is nowhere to be found on or inside the book. I’ll explain why presently.
I would love to credit the artist, but her name is nowhere to be found
The book began as a science lesson. Stanton was approached by an elementary school to cover the topic because, she was told, there was no secular resource available that wasn’t skewed, however subliminally, away from scientific accuracy and toward pro-choice advocacy.