Review of Where's Baby, Momma?

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Review of Where's Baby, Momma?

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Where's Baby, Momma?" by Antoinette McDonald.]
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4 out of 5 stars
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This book should be available in all neonatal hospitals. Although it was written to be read to very young children, the message is important for everyone who has suffered the loss of a child at birth.

The way the author explains that God had a purpose for the baby is comforting. The illustration of the baby in God's arms is reassuring and will help the grieving family members to understand what has happened.

There are many positives in Where's Baby, Momma? I like the consistency of all the characters' skin color. This extends to the doctor and to God. I like that there was a Swahili cultural reference regarding the name of the infant. There is no mention of the illustrator, so I assume the author, Antoinette J. McDonald, is responsible for choosing the soothing colors that add to the therapeutic value.

Because I have extensive experience reading to children, I can anticipate a few questions regarding the illustrations. For instance, in the first five pages of the book, the only change in the father's image is a slight shifting of his eyes. I think even young readers would like more variety. In addition, one page shows the mother, father, and daughter lying down with their eyes closed. Although they are in their clothes, they appear to be in a bed. The text reads, "Mom and Dad went to the hospital and stayed the night. All night they prayed." The scene does not appear to be at a hospital and there is no mention of the daughter going to the hospital with her parents.

Because of the few negatives with the illustrations and a grammar error, I am rating this four out of five stars. The importance of this book, however, is excellent. I admire the author for sharing her experience in such a personal and rewarding manner.

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This is a very hard concept to share with kids. Heck, it’s hard for adults, as well. Fortunately, it is not one that I have had to deal with personally. I haven’t read this, but I can understand the problem with the confusing illustrations. Thanks!
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This review provides valuable insights into "Where's Baby, Momma?" by Antoinette J. McDonald, presenting it as a comforting and important resource for families who have experienced the loss of a child at birth. The review acknowledges the significance of the message conveyed in the book, particularly regarding God's purpose for the baby and the reassuring illustration of the baby in God's arms. Well done on this descriptive review.
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Amy Luman wrote: 26 Mar 2024, 13:47 This is a very hard concept to share with kids. Heck, it’s hard for adults, as well. Fortunately, it is not one that I have had to deal with personally. I haven’t read this, but I can understand the problem with the confusing illustrations. Thanks!
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