Thursday, March 2, 2023

*Review* Maisie's Blueprints by Sharon Leya

 Genre: Children's 3-8
Published: January 22, 2023
Pages: 30

Maisie adores her Mommy and Mama. Mommy and Mama are architects, and while walking together to her first day of school, Maisie learns that they helped design one of the houses in the neighborhood.

Upon arriving at school, Maisie meets a boy with a new baby sister and learns that babies come from mommies and daddies.

Maisie begins to wonder about how she was made without a daddy and rushes home after school to find out the answer.

Together, Maisie, Mommy and Mama explore what it means to be donor-conceived and how generosity and genetics combined to create a home built not just by architects, but by love.

This book is for two-mom families who have conceived using their own egg + a sperm donor via IVF, IUI or ICI.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a story about a young girl who learns about how she was conceived in a non-traditional way. Because she has two mother's it was necessary for them to find a sperm donor and her parents are very willing to share that information with her. The language for those descriptions is simple while avoiding euphemisms so anything retained will be scientifically accurate while also being understandable for younger children. 

The illustrations were colorful and creative. They used blueprints and building blocks, things that Maisie understands, to show some of the ideas of how conception works, again, in a way that will make sense to young minds. 

The book also included some information at the end for families who conceive using a donor and ways to explain things like donor privacy to a child who has been conceived through the help of a donor. 

This is not a book that I would ever need to read more than once to my children as they were both conceived without doctor assistance, but I feel like it's one if there was reason for me to read it to my children, I'd be okay reading it a few times because I imagine it would be helpful to help the child understand how they came to be. Overall I give this book 4.67 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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