I took the girls to the public library last weekend, and was a little surprised when Kendrie brought me *this* book and asked if she could check it out.
Apparently she had shown it to Brayden, who informed her that the book was “inappropriate” and that I would most likely say no. And I’ll admit my first reaction was negative, until I noticed it said right on the front cover: A Series for the Christian Family. I mean, how bad could it be? It’s for the CHRISTIAN family (As opposed to today’s Pagan Families?? I don’t know, but it made me feel reassured.) Then, I noticed the “Ages 6 to 8” guide, also on the front, and felt sure that this book was probably appropriate in content.
Just to be on the safe side, though, I told Kendrie that *I* would check it out, and read it first, then if I thought it was ok to share, we could read it together.
See? See what a calm, mature, responsible parent I am?
And I took the book home and started reading.
Chapter One: Suzanne Has a Birthday. Talks about how families grow and change, and how families can be made via a child being born or adopted. Talks about how families get bigger, then get smaller when children move away, then possibly get bigger if grandparents come to live, but no matter what, they are special and love one another --- Why yes, obviously this book is very appropriate and I am totally comfortable with the message they are sharing.
Chapter Two: A Trip to the Museum. Suzanne takes a trip to a museum with her parents, and her friend Billy comes along, too. After marveling at the miracle of baby chicks being born, they take a quick side trip over to the Human Anatomy Exhibition, and discuss the Miracle of Human Birth, complete with descriptions of the female uterus, which starts out small but grows like a balloon to accommodate a growing pregnancy --- Well, *I* have no problems with that, but I wonder how Billy’s parents felt???
Chapter Three: Boys and Girls - Mothers and Fathers. Discusses role models and stereo-typing, and the fact that only girls can be mothers and only boys can be fathers --- A relatively short chapter, which is disappointing, since Billy’s little brother Freddy was just starting to grasp the situation and understand he couldn’t be a mother, but he *could* be a cook.
Chapter Four: The Sewing Room Visit. Suzanne visits her mother in her sewing room and finds out her mommy is going to have a baby. Suzanne is nervous about not being the baby herself anymore, but her mother reassures her that parents have enough love for everyone. They talk about how special babies are, and how exciting it is her mommy has a baby in her tummy. Then Suzanne, that little brat, can’t leave well enough alone, can she? She wants to know how the baby got *IN* her mommy’s tummy. And her mommy explains to her about how a man has a special part called sperm and a woman has a special part call an ovum. She then proceeds to tell Suzanne that when a man and a woman love one another and get married, they like to show their love for one another by doing special things for each other. And that their bodies were made to fit together a certain way that allows the sperm and ovum to join together in the woman’s body and make a baby. ---- I’m sorry, but whatever happened to the good ol’ stork??? Or even a cabbage patch?? And around our house, the special way that Blaine and I show our love for one another involves taking out the trash and cleaning hair that doesn’t belong to you out of the shower drain.
Chapter Five: Daddy is Home. Suzanne’s daddy comes home from work to find out that Suzanne knows about the baby. And once again, here come the questions. Now if Suzanne’s parents knew what was good for them, they’d plop her happy butt in front of the television and let her get her sex ed where every other kid in America gets it: Disney channel. But oh, no, they’ve got to be all up front and matter of fact about it, and start telling her about vaginas and vulvas and how the sperm passes out of the penis and comes from the scrotum, and wait, what on EARTH are those pictures of???? Ah, HELL NO, my 8 yr old isn’t ready for this. I don’t know if *I’m* ready for this!!! So at this point, I did what any other calm, mature, responsible parent would do:
“Hey, Kendrie, where’s that book you got about dolphins?!?!? Let’s read THAT!!!!”