4 out of 4 stars
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It is an exciting time for a family when a new baby is on the way. However, it can also be a difficult time for parents if there are other young children in the household. Author Susan M. Tarrant gives these parents a helping hand in WoW! What a Trip!: My Journey to Meet My New Family.
A young child feels many emotions when a new baby is on the way. They can feel excited, curious, confused, and even jealous. Each of these emotions are addressed in this book. The fetus is a friendly narrator with a welcoming sense of humor. The tiny storyteller shares the stages of growth from conception to birth and what to expect as mommy’s body, mood, and appetite continually change.
Young children feel important and included when they understand what is going on around them. This book gently explains each stage of pregnancy and fetal development in an understandable way.
This book closes with suggestions for discussions to have with children concerning the pregnancy. Furthermore, there is a list of items to compare to the current size of the fetus. There are no grammatical errors throughout the text. The story comfortably flows from one scene to the next making it pleasant to read.
Illustrations are a vital part of any children’s book. Susan Lavalley illustrated this book. These illustrations breathe life into the story. Each picture is beautifully colored and very well executed. The pictures help to start conversations, and young children will better understand what is happening inside of their mother’s changing body and feel connected to the little being inside.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book is beautifully illustrated. The pictures will engage and delight young readers. This is a well-written story with a purpose. The stages of pregnancy and fetal development are clear and presented in an understandable way. Expectant families with children between the ages of one and eight could really benefit from and enjoy reading this book. Honestly, I wish this book had been around for my daughter when I was expecting my son.
The story is fun, entertaining, and educational. Reading WoW! What a Trip! with or to young children will help parents start a conversation with young children about what is happening inside of their mother’s growing body. Also, reading this book will help to make young children feel more involved in the changes happening in their family. After all, big brothers and big sisters have very important jobs.
WoW! What a Trip!
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