When ML was three she said, “I know I popped out of you, but how did I get in?” We were in a restaurant, not the most conducive place for explaining how babies are made. So I did what I do often, I turned it back to her with a question. “How do you think?” She replied, “I think I popped into you.” Technically she was right. So I agreed and the conversation ended.
A few weeks ago, she called me to tell me she was getting a new sibling. Obviously and thankfully, not from me. Yesterday, she stuck out her lips, moped and shuffled her feet while complaining “It’s going to be another brother.” Immediately, I thought of one of my favorite picture books from 2012, Another Brother by Matthew Cordell. I posted about it last July when ML”s friend’s second brother arrived. I’m bringing it home tonight.
Today, a new book arrived at the library called The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall. Looking at the cover, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Truthfully, the cover freaked me out a little. But it’s one of my favorite author/illustrators; so I withheld judgement. This is a case where you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. A young boy learns a new baby is coming. He begins questioning people on where babies come from and receives a variety of answers. ML’s seven and it’s time she learned how babies are made. This book will provide a perfect segway into the conversation.
Any advice or stories of your experience explaining where babies come from to children?