Where Do Babies Come From?

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Oud offers little ones an introduction to the ins and outs of human reproduction.

The artwork depicts Mommy and Daddy under the sheets but groups unclothed adult and child figures of both sexes on the next page to show their differences; the art also traces a baby’s development in utero month by month. The information is presented in a mix of cartoon illustrations and frank, simple dialogues between little Noa and her parents, Noa and her friend Luke, Luke and his mommies (who explain how they used donated sperm to conceive him), and other children with friends or grandparents. Additional facts float alongside in easily digestible sidebars. Along with sex and development, topics touched on include doctor visits, twins, adoption, why children might look like or unlike their parents, premature birth…and then baby naming, care, and gear from playpen to bottles. Noa’s father is dark-skinned, while her mother is light-skinned, and Noa is tan-skinned. Luke and Mommy Lucy are light-skinned, while Mommy Ellen is tan-skinned. An adoptee, Mika, presents as Asian. The instruction takes on an interactive aspect toward the end, with young viewers invited to spot differences between two versions of a party for the new baby and identify whether toys and other items are meant for babies or for older sibs. The tone is warm and welcoming throughout. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

An excellent overview—clear, inclusive, and specific without sounding clinical. (Informational picture book. ages 3-5)

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