I recently received a book from Sophia Institute Press called “Angel in the Waters” by Regina Doman.
The books images were amazing and beautiful. The illustrator, Ben Hatke, captured the baby in the womb perfectly and didn’t just draw pictures of a baby the same size through out but showed the baby tiny and frail growing in the womb.
The book goes through the different stages of growth the baby goes through up until the baby is born and then a few months on the Earth. But other then that that was the only thing I like about the book. The book had an angel in the womb talking to the baby the whole time, which if it were read to my child would confuse her about reality and life. There were many things about child birth that was true but really not necessary for a child to know at such a young age. I have not and will not be reading this book to my 4 year old.
The book also has a page where the angel tells the baby that someday he will take the baby to a bigger and better place. That was such a depressing thought. Felt like being born and living is such a bad thing that we should talk to our kids about dying. Yes, we need to address this issue with our kids but I don’t think this book should be the place to start the conversation. To have a book “celebrate” life then in almost the same sentence say “death is better” really hit me wrong.
Over all I think this book is too forward for it to be a kids book. I love the pictures but wouldn’t recommend the book to my friends.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received this book for free from Sophia Institute Press for reviewing purposes. This post reflects my personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.