Mummy Makes Milk

My little man’s reading is getting better and better. He reads a story to his sisters most nights now and we all enjoy this reasonably quiet time before the children go to bed.

His confidence is growing. If he is narrating a story he knows well, he adds expression to his tone of voice as he pretends to be scared, surprised or excited, to match the tone of the story.

A few months ago, I read a review of Mummy Makes Milk on Kiran’s blog, Mummy Says. Kiran kindly sent me the book as a present and we all loved it straight away.

The story is about Archie, who has just become a big brother. As his mum breastfeeds his sister, Archie has questions, just like my children had when Wriggly was born. The answers are simple enough to be understood by little ones and arouse their interest.

Before we read the book, I asked Crevette (6 years 4 months) what he knew about feeding his baby sister.

He thought about it for a minute and here is what he said: “When mummy eats food, the food goes into the milk so rather than having normal food she has the food in the milk. She needs to eat two or three times a day.”

At that point, Beanie (4 years 2 months) interrupted, “Just read the book!”

Crevette continued, unfazed: “Mummy eats tomatoes then it goes into here (points at breasts) then baby eats tomatoes.”

I read the book to Crevette and Beanie as I was nursing Wriggly.

Me: “What do you know now that you didn’t know before?”
Crevette: “I didn’t know that you had to feed her a lot, like five or six times a day. I didn’t know that dogs, giraffes, elephants or dolphins could make milk for their babies.”
At this point, Beanie interrupted: “Does mouses make milk?”

Mummy Makes Milk - Learning

Me: “What do you think about the pictures?”
Crevette: “The mummy and daddy look funny!
Me: “In what way?”
Crevette: “The hair, the eyes, the mouth look funny. I like the hair on the mummy. The pictures are colourful. I like the colours.”

Mummy Makes Milk - Colourful Illustrations

We all love the book. The illustrations, by Hilda Kripp-Partridge, are unusual, quirky and colourful. Helen McGonigal’s text is informative yet pitched perfectly towards a young audience.

Mummy Makes Milk - Big Brother Reading to his Sisters
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Comments

  1. Lisa Day says:

    my favourite children’s story was the famous five series by Enid Blyton.I loved their adventures and the characters were really likeable.

  2. Sarah Pybus says:

    I used to love reading the secret seven 🙂

  3. Love the sound of this book – what a great way of explaining more about breastfeeding to children. My favourite children’s book for the girls is ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ although my favourite from my childhood is ‘Anne of Green Gables’

  4. Ah your kids are so cute! Have a very happy Christmas Mel!

  5. iain maciver says:

    famous five,secret seven

  6. Nancy Cullinane says:

    Lots to choose, but I love reading Peepo!

  7. maxine m partridge says:

    at the moment they like winnie the witch

  8. harriet says:

    The Worst Witch

  9. Monica Gilbert says:

    I love lots of books, but I really loved the Little House on the Prairie book series.

  10. sarah rees says:

    the famous 5

  11. laura stewart says:

    we like the peppa pig books

  12. paige says:

    ; little women totally and utterly loved this breath taking book so heartfelt xx

  13. Rita Hutton says:

    Black Beauty

  14. sarah vdb says:

    green eggs and ham

  15. What a clever way to break down the complex process of breastfeeding for little minds to understand. I wish I’d known about that book when I was feeding Little Mister. It took a while for Mademoiselle to understand and accept that he wasn’t eating me!
    Lovely review
    xx

  16. Haha, sounds funny! I didn’t know children had to know what breastfeeding is about, I guess because I never wondered it when I was a little girl!

  17. Rachel Craig says:

    Black Beauty.

  18. Pollyanna

  19. Alice Fox says:

    My fav story as a child was Peace At Last by Jill Murphy! xx

  20. Jennifer Wlodyka says:

    I love you.

  21. Aaron Broad says:

    Elmer the multicoloured elephant

  22. emma falvi says:

    The Worst Witch

  23. Maxine Owen says:

    The Three Little Pigs

  24. Lara Latchem says:

    THE Faraway tree

  25. wayne vdb says:

    thimas

  26. Michelle Ferguson says:

    The Twits by Roald Dahl

  27. The gruffalo

  28. I have never heard of this book but it sounds fantastic! x

  29. Cara bemrose-williams says:

    The very hungry caterpillar

  30. Hue Lu says:

    Not Now Bernard is one I remember most from my childhood!

  31. Jennifer Toal says:

    The twits by Roald Dahl

  32. Clifford Sherwood says:

    Remember the Ladybird books at school

  33. Diana Croos says:

    Ariel i smy fav

  34. Mr Men.

  35. Not now Bernard!

  36. Michelle Banks says:

    room on the broom x

  37. jodie W says:

    Peace at last, but i cant remem,ber the author

  38. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

  39. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

  40. To Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers! Such a lovely story with beautiful illustrations!

  41. Joanne Jackson says:

    My favorite book as a child was the far far away tree by Enid Blyton

  42. Claire Nutman says:

    Black Beauty xx

  43. Angela Fitzjohn says:

    I love reading Were Going On A Bear Hunt, I read it to my son who is now 17 and I read it to my 2 daughters who are 3 and 18 months, we all live it.

    • We love it, too! I took my boy to see a live performance of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt just over a year ago, and it was absolutely brilliant!

  44. Alison Joyce says:

    Supermarket Zoo

  45. Siobhan Davis says:

    Spot puppet book I read it to my boy every day he loves it and I of course no it word for word ha-ha. Would love to be considered 🙂 Many Thanks and Have a great New Year x

  46. emmav6 says:

    i love the owl babies 🙂

  47. Fiona B says:

    Topsy and Tim

  48. Richard Scarry, Busy Busy World

  49. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    The Gruffalo

  50. Charlotte Arnott says:

    the ugly duckling

  51. lindsay chadburn says:

    anything roald dahl i think because i enjoy reading it to them so much!!!

  52. Laura Asplin says:

    The Jolly Postman!

  53. Tracey F says:

    We love the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s child.

  54. Alexandra Smith says:

    I’ve been reading Peace at Last by Jill Murphy to my little one lately & we both love it! brings back memories of when it was read to me as a child too. Lovely story!

  55. Gemma Nisbet says:

    My son loves The BFG

  56. Rachael Cunliffe says:

    Dogger *sniffle*

  57. A Squash and a squeeze

  58. I love reading all sorts to my niece but my favourite currently has to be The Book with No Pictures

  59. Angela Morgan says:

    Dear Zoo

  60. gemma brown says:

    the gruffalo

  61. Karen Barrett says:

    Suzies Shoes

  62. Betty and the yeti

  63. leanne weir says:

    I used to love reading the secret seven

  64. We love the hungry Caterpillar here! xx

  65. leigh boyle says:

    harry potter when i was younger but my girls love he gruffalos child and goldielocks =)

  66. Kay panayi says:

    Little rabbit foo foo

  67. Rosalind Blight says:

    me and my children love anything by julia donaldson. My fave as a child was matilda

  68. Holly S says:

    The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. I love all her novels 🙂

  69. Eileen Tingle says:

    Read The dinosaur that pooped, it’s hilariious

  70. At the moments it’s a noisy Thomas the Tank book, That’s not my dolly and Dear Zoo 🙂

  71. Spencer Broadley says:

    Was The Secret Seven Series, then the Famous Five

  72. lou rogers says:

    The very hungry caterpillar

  73. Joanna Sawka says:

    the Red Hood

  74. I love reading ‘WOW said the Owl’ to my two.

  75. I love the Jolly Postman books.

  76. Karen Dixon says:

    Alice in Wonderland

  77. Hayley Todd says:

    My little girl loves Peace at Last by GIll Murphy

  78. cathyj says:

    i loved any enid blyton books

  79. Michelle Speight says:

    Mystery series by Enid blyton

  80. Sarah J says:

    Use to love Jacqueline Wilson 😀

  81. Clare S says:

    I love The Gruffalo

  82. LEE HARDY says:

    The gruffalo

  83. Irene Gilmour says:

    at the moment its father Christmas needs a wee we will need to find a new one now Christmas is over

  84. Katie Kathurima says:

    Funny Bones, recently my daughter brought it back from school and reminded me of when i was a child reading it

  85. Claire Ward says:

    Matilda or the worst witch series

  86. The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree – still love then now.
    (Sam Fernley)

  87. Krystina Smith says:

    Matilda

Thanks for taking the time to write a little message. Comments always make me smile! x Mel