Before & After

Before & After

Book - 2017
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A series of two-frame narratives explore before-and-after scenarios, such as pale skin to sunburned skin, and uncooked pasta to a plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
Publisher: London ;, New York, NY :, Phaidon Press Limited,, 2017
ISBN: 9780714874081
Call Number: jBOARD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Before and after


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Jul 05, 2018

I checked this book out to read to my almost 3 year old. The concept seems simple and delightful especially with the ice cream illustration on the front. I was very upset when we opened it to the first example. The Before is 2 pregnant women. The After is the same 2 women, 1 with a baby and 1 with no baby and a flat stomach. I quickly moved on when reading this page to my son but I was so confused and upset and wondering what in the world was meant by that illustration? A miscarriage?! While that is an important topic to discuss I'm no where near ready to discuss it with my toddler. I asked someone else to look at the image and he said he thought the illustration of the second woman was actually intended to be the dad with a fat stomach. So perhaps if that was intent it is less harmful, however, if you are illustrating a children's book and the only words in the entire book are Before and After and therefore the point of the book is to interpret the illustrations it should not be so ambiguous. I love children's books and I absolutely love reading books to my son but I am very very upset at this page in the book stirring up a lot of feelings about miscarriage. The illustrations are not very well done and I'm surprised that both the author/illustrator and publisher didn't catch this.


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