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Book Title: Mommy's Oven by Brandi Pearce
Category: Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Non-Fiction Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Feb 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone. Suitable for all ages.
In this true story, young August learns about how he will get a new little brother. He learns of how his little brother will grow in someone else's tummy, not his mommy's. Will he look like Augie? Will he grow for too long? Will Augie get to take his little brother home once he is born? Join August on this new, exciting adventure of getting a new little brother in a very unique way. If you are looking for a way to help your children understand that families can be created in many different ways, this is a story to keep on your bookshelf!
Mommy’s Oven is a sweet and unique children’s story concerning surrogacy. It is a true story told from August’s point of view. August (Augie) learns his mommy’s tummy (oven) isn’t able to support a baby, so another lady will loan her tummy out to grow his little brother.
The title of this book makes me giggle. Just as a cake requires a mixture of ingredients baked in an oven, Augie’s baby brother must ‘bake’ in a loaned oven because Mommy’s doesn’t work. The analogy is on-point and keeps the story lighthearted and witty.
The illustrations are colorful and realistic, giving the story added charm, and the About the Author section in the back of the book explains the creation of this story.
Mommy’s Oven is a charming children’s book that is both entertaining and informative.
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Having battled Crohn’s Disease for most of her life and after undergoing 82 abdominal surgeries, Brandi Pearce knew she wouldn’t be able to carry children of her own. After a successful surrogacy resulted in her son, August, years later, she wondered how to explain to August that he was getting a new brother who was growing in someone else’s belly. That’s when Mommy’s Oven, Pearce’s debut children’s, book was born. Pearce wants other parents to be able to teach their own children that every family creation is unique and special. She hopes to inspire hope in overcoming adversity, as well as true miracles with this book.
connect with author: website ~ amazon
What August thinks about being the main character in Mommy’s Oven? Kids always loving hearing bedtime stories where they play the main character. So of course, when I came up this with this story, what better way to tell it than from his own perspective. Hearing the story for him in the beginning, was more like learning a new lesson, but to see himself on the page and realize people were reading about him and his family seemed to mean something completely different. He was proud of his story. He was proud of his family and this cool unique process we got to go through.
Are there other books like Mommy’s Oven? The exciting, driving force behind writing Mommy’s Oven was that no matter how hard we looked, we have yet to find another story out there like it. Another story with the same purpose of teaching children about surrogacy.
Outreach I’ve received? I have received such incredible feedback from these families who have read Mommy’s Oven. I am amazed and beyond thrilled that it is truly helping others. What is really shocking, is that the responses are not only coming from those who are going through surrogacy. I have received messages from those who are going through miscarriages and trying to explain it to their children, people who are going through adoption who want their children to understand that families are made in several different ways, and even friends who are trying to teach their children life lessons about accepting, understanding, and appreciating families for their differences. The gratitude these families have shown for Mommy’s Oven as a tool for teaching, has been unbelievably humbling.
A neat story about me? When I was in the hospital, I came out of a coma and was nearly on my death bed. It was Christmas time and a man from my church came to me and ask, “if you could have any one thing for Christmas what would it be?”. When you feel like you are giving up hope, when you feel like nothing can save you from the inevitable….what do you ask for? I thought hard about this question and realized I didn’t want something for myself, but maybe I could help someone else. My mom and I had sat up many late nights watching TV and seeing St. Jude’s commercial. That is when it hit me. I wanted to be a partner at St. Jude’s. I wanted to help other kids and give them hope. The man left with this news and came back a few days later. He informed me that my request not only inspired him, but several people from his company. He then told me that over $1,000 a month would be going to St. Jude’s in my name.
About future endeavors? This book has meant so much to me and my family and led me to a world of writing that I had no idea I loved so much! There may soon be a series called The Adventures of Augie and Ollie that helps kids comprehend difficult life struggles. I am also working on an inspirational personal story of my life -battle with Crohn’s disease.
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