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 Mommy's Oven by Brandi Pearce

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Mommy's Oven

Book Info 📚

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 

Book Description: 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!

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Book Info 📚

Meet The Author: 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 The Author: Website ~ Amazon

My Review 📚

It pains me on how there isn't enough of these types of books that educate children on surrogacy. The author put her experiences in a very clear and valid way.

Children will be able to understand that all families are beautiful and special. Reading this book made my heart warm. I am very proud of the author for writing her experiences and teaching others about the importance of acceptance. I hope more books like these will arrive in the future years, this was an inspiring read.

On the other note, the illustrations are well done. I loved the selection of warm colors! I think children will love a book like this on their bookshelf. Educative, loving, and an overall wholesome read.

I highly recommend this one!

Author Interview 📚

What led to the story? After being in the hospital for 6 years fighting Crohn’s disease, and sometimes only surviving through the strength of others, I knew this process would be no different. We would need the support of those around us to handle the ups and downs of the surrogate process. What I didn't know was how much our journey would help others. As our story began to unfold to our friends and family on social media, I began to have women reach out and share their own stories. Their heartaches, their triumphs, their questions, their gratitude for me being willing to open-up and encourage acceptance and understanding. I wasn't just having an impact on each of them, they were having an impact on me. There is so much unspoken about the world of infertility because it is hard to be vulnerable, it is hard to face pain publicly. Knowing that there are others who have been through it, or who are going through it right along with you, doesn’t necessarily make it easier, but it does give you a sense of comfort and understanding.

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. 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.

What would I say to others? People always say, “I could never be that strong, I could never make it through all of the things you have been through”. When you are faced with the reality that this is the hand you’ve been dealt, what else can you do? You have got to put your faith in Christ and accept strength and support from others. You then put on your big girl panties and get to work. You find the support systems, you find the resources, you accept the fact that it is going to be painful and it is going to be hard…and then you keep going.

What does August think of being a part of it? Kids always love hearing bedtime stories where they play the main character. So of course, when I came up 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.

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, as well as an inspirational personal story of my life-long battle with Crohn’s disease.

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