Sunday, April 9, 2023

*Review* The Search for the Magical Egg by Becky Morrison


Genre: Children's 5-7 years
Published: April 23, 2023
Pages: 32

Sheldon is a turtle who lives in the deep blue sea and wiggles and jiggles every night to get himself ready for bed. One evening, he asks his parents the age-old question: Where do babies come from? The story the parents tell is an underwater search for the perfect egg—to make a turtle just like Sheldon. The Search for the Magical Egg is a beautifully illustrated book for parents to read to children ages 5 to 7, and it’s designed to help children who were conceived through IVF understand how they were born and how deeply they are loved.

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

When I copied the synopsis of this story for this blog post, I realized that I misjudged the topic slightly. I read it as an adoption story. While that's not what the author intended, I think it works as well. Essentially, the turtle parents struggle with laying an egg that doesn't just crack before the baby is ready. So they go looking for an egg that will work for them (and as I type this up it suddenly seems so obvious). Their turtle neighbor eventually offers them one of her eggs (and that's why I thought it was adoption). Anyway, it was a cute story about their search for the right egg that would result in an actual baby turtle for them.

The illustrations were bright and colorful with solid lines and a lot of cooler colors because they were under the ocean, but plenty of little spots of warmer colors in because they live in a coral reef. I think it would probably be a good story for children who are the result of IVF, surrogacy, or who have been adopted to not feel quite so alone and to help them understand that sometimes having a baby isn't easy. While I personally would have no need to read this to my children, I'd still be okay reading it a few times because it was a cute story. Overall I give it 4.13 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Becky is a seasoned Masters Prepared Nurse Practitioner that specializes in Mental Health of all ages. She sits on a number of committees relevant to addressing stigma within mental health. She utilizes her expertise to foster her deep passion of helping and advocate for those who struggle with infertility via her personal struggles with infertility, volunteering with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Centre, Pets Access Society League (PALS) with her therapy dog Stella and launching her Stigma Slayers book series with her debut book The Search for The Magical Egg.

She is a very driven individual who has tackled numerous challenges while going through fertility treatment including a life stopping stroke and knows firsthand that addressing the negative stigma attached to infertility at young age is detrimental to their mental health as an adult.

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