We Made You Out of Love: The Answer to the Number One Question on Every Child’s Mind: “Where Did I Come From?” written by Dr. Greg Marconi & Michael Marconi. www.FlyingMarconiBros.com
Twenty-one years ago when I was expecting #2 son, doctors told us to use anatomically correct words in explaining where babies come from. For two year old #1 son, that meant when others would ask if he was excited about the baby growing in his mommy’s tummy, he’d reply “Actually, the baby is growing in her uterus. Your stomach is where food goes.”
Today, parents can use this book to explain where babies come from. Written for children the authors suggest are too young to be burdened with technical terms and too many details about the facts of life, this book does actually state that the baby grew in mommy’s tummy. One tiny detail that doesn’t prevent me from liking this title greatly.
The authors have managed to take a controversial subject and treat it with enough distracting humor and various facts that parents can decide how much additional information they choose to provide. This title will become a standard for all public library collections and preschool-1 collections.
I watched as a parent shared this with her second and fifth grader. They were intently listening, laughing along, and looking at the illustrations. They wanted to hear the story again and to look at the pictures themselves. They particularly loved the illustrations because they were digitally familiar, like in a videogame. See this one below:
The fifth grader did laugh and ask, “Wait a minute! Does that mean you are making babies everytime you stand close to the daddy?”" The second grader said, “Of course not, there has to be some of that yucky stuff, too, like kissing.”
Fortunately for their mom, they were still laughing over all the funny ideas Jeffrey had as possibilities for where he came from, and they were distracted.
I enjoyed this story because it was heartwarming and loving. Two parents talking to their young son about making him from love and acknowledging that he is the best thing they ever made to become a family. This was sweet, yet not too icky-sweet.
Visit their website flyingmarconibros.com to see a video with the authors explaining their choices in creating this story.
I’m happy to see at least one book about making babies that won’t be challenged by parents or staff.