A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Everything a child may ask is here except for a discussion of periods -- that's included in It's So Amazing!, a book in the same series for an older age group.
Whether or not a child is ready for the conversation, this book encourages kids to ask questions and be curious, is direct in its responses, and never talks down to kids.
Positive Role Models
Two cartoon characters, a bird and a bee, are present throughout, having their own side conversation that may mirror any questions kids may have before they know the facts.
Violence & Scariness
Two-page spread on what they call "Okay Touches and Not Okay Touches" explains how to tell an adult when they get "not okay touches."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cartoon depictions of all sexual organs and other private places, male and female, on a child's body. A picture of parents in bed, smiling, "making love." A sperm-meets-egg cartoon. The illustrations may be cartoons but they are accurate depictions of penises, vaginas, kids peeing, babies in bellies, etc.
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All body parts are given the appropriate names. No slang is used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that if a child has a question about anything you may find awkward or embarrassing discussing with them, they'll find almost all the answers in this book. Which is why parents will want to preview first to see if it's a fit for where their child is developmentally, as well as a fit for the way individual families feel comfortable framing the birds-and-bees conversation. The illustrations may be cartoons but they are accurate depictions of penises, vaginas, kids peeing, babies in bellies, etc. Sex to make a baby is shown as a smiling couple under covers in bed. A two-page spread discusses "Okay Touches, Not Okay Touches" and how to tell the difference and tell another adult about "Not Okay touches." In a section on families, every kind of family is mentioned, including families with two moms and two dads.
Is It Any Good?
Yes, this book does what it sets out to do in a very straightforward manner that all kids will appreciate -- they're not talked down to for a second. The book covers a lot of ground, and is a good one to skip around to different chapters as different questions arise. Young kids awaiting a new sibling will get a lot out of the baby portion, especially. The one thing that seems to be missing is a mention of periods (it's covered in the next in the series, It's So Amazing, but it's pretty much guaranteed a child will come across some feminine products in the bathroom before they're old enough for that book).
Two cartoon characters, a bird and a bee, are present throughout, having their own side conversation that may mirror any questions kids may have before they know the facts. These characters are charming for the most part but sometimes make the presentation a little too busy. It's a small trifle in an otherwise well-thought-out tool for parents ready to finally answer all those "embarrassing" questions.
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