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Mummy Laid An Egg! (Red Fox Mini Treasure) [Paperback]

Babette Cole
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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3 Feb 2000 Red Fox Mini Treasure
MINI TREASURES: delightful mini picture books to treasure forever. MUMMY LAID AN EGG Mum and Dad decide it's time to tell the kids about the facts of life. But do they dare? And do the really know everything about the birds and the bees?

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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: 0.4 x 10.6 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.


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

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explained with fun and laughter ! 16 Mar 2006
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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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Light of a Difficult Subject! 16 Feb 2007
I am currently expecting a second bundle of joy, and my sister in law bought this for my 3 year old to explain to her where babies come from.

This is a hilarious book, it explains how babies are made, and yes, this does include the fact that the act of love making does need to occur. However this is dealt with in a fun and inoffensive way. If people honestly think that this will encourage children to try it out for themselves, I say go ahead, let them try, it will be safer than contraception as there is no way I can work out how to make love whilst tied up with helium balloons!

My 3 year old is happy with the explanation, and like the other reviewer, believes the baby comes from the bottom and has asked no further questions. This is a good, light hearted way to give children the basics correctly which can be developed when the time comes for the next stage of the `birds and the bees'.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Babette Cole! 17 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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 36 people found the following review helpful
By Mum22
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all parents 4 May 2007
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This is an excellent book and i cant wait to sit my little girl down with it when the dreaded time arrives, this book is going to make the whole experience so much easier the only problem being that i am going to find it really hard not to laugh whilst reading it to her! Babette Cole is an absolutely fantastic author, i was a big fan when i was younger, and I'm really looking forward to introducing my Daughter to her fantastic books.

A big part of the comedy in her books are in the actual pictures so please do remember to have a good look at them.

And a tip for parents with older children- the pictures in her books are great if your children are into painting as they are great to paint, with all the fun colours and textures that can be used, your child will win their school painting competition hands down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed to help with those awkward questions!
This was recommended to me by a friend when my five year old started asking lots of questions. I like to be honest with my girls aged 3 & 5 but didn't know quite how to tell them... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Butterflytwo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read this to my sons aged 8 & 6. Very age appropriate.
Published 21 days ago by Lollypop
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving children the facts in a fun way and removing any potential...
Hilarious! Giving children the facts in a fun way and removing any potential embarrassments or hang ups!
Published 22 days ago by Mrs R L Gibbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Mummy Laid An Egg....
Had this book recommended to me by a colleague. My child is 6 soon to be 7 and although the book looks really good and explains things in a way children would understand, I still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by luv2shop
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but does the job
We bought this to help our 4 year old understand how his new baby sister had got in mummy's tummy. When I first started reading it with him, I was shocked at the pictures and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S FREEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiddies Book
yeah my 9 year old daughter bought this and as far as i know is pleased with it, so good purchase.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Oldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal
Brilliant. Got this book for my 4 year old daughter when I was pregnant with my son as she was asking loads of questions. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction to the birds and bees
Explains everything in a fun, child friendly way giving just enough information to introduce the subject whilst leaving it open to elaborate on and look into further if you want... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Oppro
5.0 out of 5 stars great
bought this for my god daughter who is 9 all of it brill except the drawings of mammys and daddys boinking on space hoppers etc ! Read more
Published 4 months ago by P.M.Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
My 5 year old had a lot of questions about where babies come from. This fun book explains the process in a clear and amusing format with just the right amount of detail. Read more
Published 5 months ago by angela Fisher
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