Unification News for March 1997
Children's Book Answers "Where Do Babies Come From?"
Many parents dread the day their children will ask, "Where do babies come from?" But now (at last) there's help.
A new book just published in 1997 called "Mommy, Daddy, Where Do Babies Come From?" is illustrated in beautiful colors by acclaimed Swedish artist Benny Andersson. This 24-page children's book tells the story of 7-year-old Jenny who asks her mom and dad at bedtime this very question. Mom and Dad proceed to tell Jenny about the "wonderful world of true love" (also the series title) discussing various types of love.
Jenny's parents explain that God gave an awesome gift to men and women called "private parts" to make babies. Various analogies easy for children to understand are used to explain the importance of saving these parts for marriage.
This children's book will not please everyone. The "Heather Has Two Mommies" crowd will be disgusted by this book's unabashed promotion of marriage and the two-parent family. Critics will also question the lack of graphic information, the failure to mention "alternative family forms" and the implicit underlying moral message.
However, most parents as well as churches and schools will find this to be a useful tool to begin to give information and guidance about issues of love and sexuality to children in elementary school.
The book can be ordered from the Center for Educational Media, P.O. Box 97, Westwood, NJ 07675 or call 1-800-221-6116, fax to 1-201-358- 9013. Retail price: $9.95 plus $2 s&h. Group discounts available.
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