Poetry Box review: Anna Fiske’s wonderful How Do You Make a Baby?

 

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Anna Fiske How Do You Make a Baby Gecko Press 2020

 

This is the most brilliant, moving, informative children’s book on how to make babies that I have ever read! It is inclusive and witty and contains plain facts, but is so much more than more than plain facts.

 

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The first sentence invites us ALL into the book:

‘YOU WERE A BABY ONCE.’

 

We are all part of this book. The book shows that our world is made up of many different kinds of families: mother father, mother mother, father father.

The book also begins with love: ‘MAKING A BABY BEGINS WITH LOVE. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF LOVE.’

It might be things we love to eat, do, visit, see. The people we love to be with. But there is also the special love of couples.

Before we encounter sperms and eggs, vaginas and penises, we encounter things a loving couple might love to do together. And then it shows couples doing loving things, some of which are sex.

The book then slowly goes through the development from sperm meeting egg to baby arriving in the world.

And just as the baby is taking shape so too are the parent(s) as they prepare for a baby in their lives / life.

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We are reminded that all births are different, that millions of babies are born everyday all over the world and that:

 

A NEW BABY IN THE WORLD IS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT AND BEAUTIFUL THINGS THERE IS.

 

EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT. THERE’S ONLY ONE LIKE YOU. IT’S A MIRACLE THAT WE ARE BORN AND EXIST. IT’S A MIRACLE AND SO PERFECT THAT YOU ARE YOU.

 

 

These are the last sentences in the book, and they made me want to cry. The thought here is so wise, and so filled with sparkling HOPE. So yes this is a book about how you make a baby, but it makes sure it is part of a bigger story than biology. Maybe I am so hooked on this book because it underlines how each and every human life is precious. How we are all miracles and all unique. I am sitting here, in these terribly troubled times, wanting the world to absorb this message. Every baby and every life matters. Life is a miracle.

I love this book. I would have loved sharing it with my children when they were young.

 

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