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Before You Were Born [Hardcover]

By Laura Cornell (Illustrator) & Jennifer Davis (Author)
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Item description for Before You Were Born by Laura Cornell & Jennifer Davis...

Designed for curious children, especially those with a sibling on the way, a lift-the-flap book, illustrated in full color, narrates in a whimsical fashion what goes on inside an expectant mother and what happens to the baby within.

Publishers Description
It's the mystery of mysteries-what's going on inside a pregnant woman's belly? That's what Jennifer Davis's older children wanted to know while she was expecting the younger. So to explain, she wrote BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, now with 102,000 copies in print, a joyful lift-the-flap book that tells the parallel story of mother and baby during the nine months of pregnancy.

Illustrated with full-color whimsy by Laura Cornell, whose delightful work is familiar to readers of Jamie Lee Curtis's Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born and When I Was Little, BEFORE YOU WERE BORN is a month-by-month countdown written in rhyming verse.

Each page shows what's happening to the mother on the outside and then, under the flap, in the mother's belly to the baby on the inside. Children learn how Mommy is feeling and how the baby is developing, about hiccups, kicks, and umbilical cords, a first heartbeat, and the contractions that mark the beginning of labor.

For expectant mothers and curious little kids, and especially for kids with siblings on the way, it is an interactive storybook that delivers delight and information and reassurance, too.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Before You Were Born by Laura Cornell & Jennifer Davis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 26
  • School Library Journal - 09/01/1998 page 190
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 06/15/1998 page 893
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998 page 26

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Workman Publishing Company
Pages   24
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 8.18" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 1998
Publisher   Workman Publishing Company
Age  4-8
ISBN  0761112006  
ISBN13  9780761112006  
UPC  019628112002  

Availability  6 units.
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More About Laura Cornell & Jennifer Davis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Laura Cornell is the illustrator of several #1 New York Times bestsellers by Jamie Lee Curtis, including "My Mommy Hung the Moon", "Big Words for Little People, Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My "Day", "and "Is There Really a Human Race?" Laura left stunning and sunny southern California to reside in soaring and spectacular New York City.

Laura Cornell currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > New Baby > Nonfiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Health > Sex Education
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
5Books > Subjects > Medicine > Basic Science > Physiology
6Books > Subjects > Medicine > Reproductive & Sexual > Reproduction
7Books > Subjects > Medicine > Specialties > Obstetrics & Gynecology
8Books > Subjects > Teens > Health, Mind & Body > Sexuality

Reviews - What do customers think about Before You Were Born?

This is great for #2  Jan 12, 2007
I don't have a #2 yet but I am an elementary art teacher and let me tell you that I absolutly love this book. It is done in a fun way that tells both the mom and baby's point of view and gives fun facts that kids can relate to, like you were the size of a toster and what kinds of things the baby is working on at each stage of pregnance. I buy it for all my friends who are expecting, especially if it is # 2 or #3!
Good, if you are mainstream...  Jun 28, 2004
... but if you are planning an out of hospital birth or a birth with midwives, it's not quite as peachy. There is an illustration of mom at the doctor's office getting checked out early on, a reference in the text to her seeing the doc when baby drops, and then she rushes off to the hospital to push and push in the final pages. No room for birth center or homebirth, the midwifery model of care or self-care.

There is also a full-page illustration of father dusting off a crib.

I also had a hard time identifying with the mother in the illustrations, who is very white upper-middle class in her dresses, make-up and workout clothing.

Parenting, lifestyle, and birth choices aside, this is definitely a book written by a mother, not a writer, and sometimes the rhymes are a bit forced. The illustrations make up for it in their jolly attitude, but are not caldecott contenders- they are quick and dirty cartoon style pen and ink, colorwash type things, with little art.

However, if you see an OB regularly, have a seperate nursery for baby, and like Martha Stewart, this book might be right on target for you!

Good for toddlers  May 31, 2003
Our 2 1/2 year old loves it. It's the only good book we've found that demonstrates what's going on during the pregnancy, as opposed to when the child is already old enough to play with the sibling.
Not the best book for preparing toddlers  Oct 24, 2002
I ordered this book, along with several others, to help prepare my 2-year old daughter for the arrival of her new baby sister. While the illustrations are charming and the text is cute, this book is much better suited for the older child, of the amusement of adults. It simply does not hold my toddler's attention. ...
The best gift for the older brother or sister of a newborn.  Oct 22, 2001
I have given this book to everyone of my friends who is having a baby. It has been a big hit. It is a great way to explain pregnancy to older sibs and it is a hoot for parents too.

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