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

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Product details

  • 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 (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Paperback
Bought this book in a hurry as we know and love the books by Babette Cole and thought it would be just another zany story like the others we have read. I did not expect it to be about the facts of life. My husband and I were intrigued and delighted by what we read and I was forced to telephone my sister to tell her to buy it immediately just so she could share in the humour of it. My two year old thoroughly enjoyed it and successfully identified 'willy' from the delightfully amusing illustrations. (She has a baby brother.) The point of the book is probably beyond most two year olds but buy it now to give yourselves a laugh and put it by for when they are three or so and asking about mummies and daddies bits - this book will be invaluable then.
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Format: Hardcover
This is my childs favourite book. I think it could be mine as well!
I laugh at the illustrations of mummy & daddy fitting together on a skateboard whilst my son laughs at the idea that boy babies are made from slugs & snails & puppydogs tails!
Excellent-I've bought all my friends a copy for their children.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing, entertaining book introducing young children (before they're old enough to be embarrassed or embarrassing...) to the facts of life. Brilliant pictures, brilliant story, brilliant book, I can't say enough good things about it. As unpatronising as it's possible to be, explicit and accurate without being in any way offensive, rude or upsetting, and very, very funny (as befits the subject, lets face it). It should be compulsory reading for all under fives and their parents - is it part of the national curriculum for nursery schools? Why not?
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