Price at time of blog post £9.99
This book is the perfect tool to introduce your child to ‘the birds and the bees’. For those unfamiliar with the phrase, I’m not talking about a nature guide – it’s a bizarrely named code for talking about sex and reproduction to small ones. Great in a book as I don’t know about you but it’s not a conversation I was keen to broach, I personally think it’s good to get it out in the open. I must confess the first time we read it I was a little nervous when River lifted each flap as I didn’t know how the facts were going to roll but it’s perfect, you don’t need to sit holding your breath for the duration it’s not healthy, trust me this is done well. There is talk of sperm and eggs, all paired with beautifully illustrated pictures to help explain the facts. It also talks about child’s needs, growth, and pregnancy. Did you know elephants have 22 months carrying little elephants inside them?! I thought we had it tough. It also explains that mama’s get tired growing babies so it’s great to gift to someone becoming an older brother or sister, they might be a little more helpful around the house and lay off a little with the snack demands. The book did cause a bit of a heated discussion between me and River as it tells the reader that storks carrying babies is a myth and it’s usually just twigs and fish hanging out of that beak. My child is a big fan of Dumbo so you can imagine the uproar, that there is really an elephant out there in the world flying round with his giant ears is more believable to him than the sperm and the egg but after we got through the book I think he was finally convinced.
My highlight: I’m a sucker for the daddy penguin as he’s the one that takes care of the egg, he balances it on his feet keeping it warm for 60 days. People struggle to balance an egg on a spoon for a three minute race so that definitely deserves an accolade!
River’s highlight: “The fish that eats her babies to keep them safe that’s so crazy! It’s super hard to keep something in your mouth but she’s a really kind mum she’s very brave.” Technically the fish doesn’t ‘eat’ her offspring she holds them in her mouth when near predators no chewing goes down, I can verify there is no cannibalism in this book.