|What's in there? : all about before you were born (Let's talk about you and me)|
Author: Harris, Robie H.
Follows the stages of pregnancy and childbirth in a matter-of-fact and comfortable way.
|Illustrator:||Westcott, Nadine Bernard|
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → K.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade K → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Craft & Structure
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 1.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 1 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Grade 1 → Reading → CCR - College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/13)
School Library Journal (09/01/13)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/11/13)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 PreS-Gr 1—Nellie and Gus and their parents are expecting a new baby. In simple and clear language, Harris describes the pregnancy. With the family's daily routine as the backdrop, she explains that babies start out as just a few cells about the size of a pencil dot, continue to grow throughout nine months, and are finally ready to be born when they're around the size of a watermelon. Correct names for male and female anatomy are used throughout. The illustrations depict the passing seasons as the baby begins to grow and develop in utero. Westcott's illustrations are digitally produced, and a cut-away view of Mom's abdomen shows the baby's general growth during the interim. The text explains the changes the baby goes through; soon it can hear, grow hair, suck its thumb, etc. Before long, the big day comes and Gus and Nellie welcome their new brother. This book is suitable for young children who are just beginning to ask the question, "Where do babies come from?" Inquiring minds wishing for more information regarding conception and fertilization will need to look at the myriad other books on reproduction. However, What's in There? is a good first book to recommend to parents.—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/15/2013 The latest addition to the Let’s Talk about You and Me series follows a brother, a sister, and their parents through the mother’s pregnancy. The kids ask questions and make comments in speech balloons, while the main text provides basic information about the development of the baby in the mother’s uterus. Correct terminology is used for body parts, but there’s nothing clinical about the down-to-earth writing, which takes into consideration what young children might be curious about and how to keep the information within their frame of reference. This works well for the most part, though the statement that before birth “the growing baby is about the size of a watermelon” is imprecise at best. Creating a cheerful, easygoing tone on every double-page spread, the digital line-and-wash illustrations portray a biracial family within a diverse community. A helpful book for presenting information and opening discussions with young children who are curious about pregnancy and birth. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.