How a Family Grows
This is a photo essay explaining reproduction to kids. This family is expecting a baby and there is a narrative of how this family explains the upcoming birth to the siblings. We featured another of Arthur Shay‘s books about nursing. That book also followed a similar format of following a particular bunch of students as they go through nursing school. They aren’t particularly bad, just outdated.
The first picture below almost had me do a double take. I thought this was some bizarre ice sculpture, and then read the caption about a field trip. I am assuming that the field trip was to a science museum and not some weird cocktail party.
Be sure to take a look at the other photos and text. Unmarried women who have to give their baby up to an orphanage and the selection of babies available for adoption. Note the sad mother saying goodbye to her infant.
Again, the book probably was pretty radical for the time (especially as a book for children). The frank discussion of intercourse, contraception and the photo from the delivery room sets this book ahead of it’s time. Not 50 years ahead, but ahead.