Designed by Suzie Harrison. Edited by Jane Chisholm. Animals expert: Dr Fredi Devas. Education expert: Lucy Emmerson.
Published by Usborne, 2016.
This is a super book and it’s perfect for answering those tricky questions that often leave parents a bit lost for words. There are different sections addressing different aspects of the topic:
- Where do babies come from?
- How are babies made?
- When are babies born?
- What do babies need?
- How do babies grow up?
Questions are answered truthfully (the myth about storks bringing babies is dismissed) and the language and level of detail are age-appropriate.
I love the lift-the-flap element. Each page has a number of flaps. On top of each flap is a question. You lift the flap to reveal the answer. This interactive dimension makes the book lots of fun.
As well as looking at human babies, the book also covers animal babies: insects, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals. It’s a very informative read. The friendly illustrations set in a park give readers lots to look at and talk about, not least why there’s a herd of buffalo metres away from a picnic area! Leaving that aside, the gorgeous illustrations add another helpful level of detail to the explanations.
I was really pleased to see that among the different human families depicted in the book there was a same sex couple. Bravo Usborne! You have given us a book that accurately reflects family life today.
Suitable for children aged 3+
Thank you to Usborne for sending me this book to review.