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Mummy Laid An Egg! (Red Fox Mini Treasure) Paperback – 3 Feb 2000


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (3 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009940785X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099407850
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Babette Cole is filled with zest for life: she lives in Dorset but travels extensively, to exotic parts of the world but also around Great Britain, visiting schools and meeting children. She is a great animal lover and keeps chickens, sheep, horses, dogs and cats which all find their way into her books.

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Amazon Review

Have you ever wondered how much your children know about human reproduction but are afraid to ask? Then this is the book for you. Written and illustrated by the award-winning Babette Cole it is, according to the Bookseller: "Funny, factual and frank...a superb book...the ideal ice-breaker for parents."

Mum and Dad decide that it is high time to tell their children about the facts of life, and put forward theories about gingerbread, growing seeds in the greenhouse, being squidged out of tubes and laying eggs. However, the children have clearer ideas about seeds, tubes and eggs and put their parents right. (Ages 6 and up) --Susan Naylor --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Excellent and fun" (Dr Tanya Byron The Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By MRS TRACY RIVERS on 16 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
Bought this book for my 7 year old daughter who had been asking questions about "Where do babies come from?" - and I didn't want to fob her off. This book tells children the biological truth to their question in a fun way with great illustrations and provokes some laughter in the process. If you don't want to lie to your children but don't want to frighten them either - this is a great book. Have recommended it to friends with children of the same age. Being truthful with your child at this age and on this subject in particular is so very important and means they can ask open questions without feeling that the subject is taboo or dirty in some way. Babette Cole's books are a joy and I highly recommend them
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By K. Jordan on 6 April 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my 5 year old daughter who has been asking for more information than "Daddy gives Mummy a seed!" This book really helped me to answer her questions without me lying or getting embarrassed. She was really interested in the information but not put off or appalled by it! It is a non-threatening read and I'd thoroughly recommend it for this age group.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
A new baby on the way, a three-year-old asking the obvious questions, a daddy referring all said queries to mummy...Babette Cole to the rescue.
Other 'facts of life' fodder was way too in-depth for my daughter to cope with. However after several sessions of reading 'Mummy Laid an Egg' she suddenly piped up and said "Oh so it comes out of your bottom" and hasn't wanted to know any more since.
The pictures are hilarious, the text is concise yet still gives enough information for ages 3+ to digest and more importantly understand. A brilliant book either for answering those awkward questions a prospective sibling provokes or introducing the subject they'll all be fascinated with by puberty.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mum22 on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
When my daughter started asking why you needed a man and a woman to make a baby (after the cats had had their operation!), I knew the time was coming close to my explaining 'how babies are made'. When the subject came up again (for some bizarre reason in the middle of the X-Factor), I explained the basics, without going into unnecessary detail, but she still wanted to know how the man's seed got into the woman! I feel that it is important to be honest with children and give them truthful answers appropriate for their age group and this book does just that. I decided to buy this book from Amazon, but after having read a couple of negative reviews about it on this website, I wondered whether my memory was failing me as to its content, so I went into town and looked at all the books available. In my opinion this was by far the best. All the others went into far too much detail with complicated scientific diagrams and information which just isn't necessary for a six year old. This doesn't. I read it to my daughter and asked her if she had any further questions and she didn't really as it had just reinforced what I had said verbally with cartoon pictures. Neither of us were embarrassed and it was a great basis for further discussions when she is ready and older. As a teacher I have found that if you aren't honest about this subject with your children, they just get half truths from their friends and are too embarrassed to discuss it with their parents. The book starts with parents telling their children silly ways in which babies are made such as them growing in the garden etc. The children tell their parents that they are wrong and draw some basic cartoon pictures to explain the process clearly to their parents in an age appropriate manner.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 28 April 2007
Format: Paperback
I totally disagree with those who found this book inappropriate. My daughter is nearly 8 and has been asking questions. I searched for a book that I felt had enough detail but wasn't too explicit and this is spot on.

The illustrations are basic in the 2nd half of the book because it is supposed to be the children drawing the pictures to explain to their parents what really happens after mum & dad are too embarrassed to tell them the truth. It's a fantastic way of explaining things and I think my daughter understood it more because it was done in this basic format.

I would totally recommend this book for both boys and girls. As parents we know when our children are ready to know about this subject and this is a great introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By proud freethinker on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Found this book on amazon after finding it on the family bookshelf and fondly remembering my first lessons in reproduction. After a bit of a snigger and lots of nostalgia, I was interested in others' opinions on it - tada!
I remeber being sat down with my mum and dad over a decade ago (both medics, both frank and to-the-point about human reproduction) and looking through this book. After a bit of "Haha, the mummy and daddy are silly - they think babies come in toothpaste tubes!" and "So did I use to be a tadpole??" I eventually came accross the "Porn Page" as objectors of this book seem to call it - a child's doodle of mummies and daddies "fitting together" on spacehoppers, skateboards, sydiving,you name it! And do you know what my 6-year-old self did? Giggle and fall over? Scream and run away? GO AND GET PREGNANT??
Nope. After looking for about 2 seconds, I said "OK then" and skipped back to the sciency bit (sign of things to come).
This was great as when other kids giggled at the word "sex" at school, or thought babies were bought at hospitals, I knew that mummies and daddies did a special hug, and made a baby. And boy,did I feel smart!
Kids just need to be talked to frankly about these things. If you don't act all embarrassed and ashamed, and just tell it like it is, the kids will be satisfied with the knowledge and shut up. Otherwise, they just want to know what all the fuss is about.
Take it from me - this book is pure GENIUS!
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