Parents' Guide to

It's So Amazing!

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Engaging, straightforward guide to sex ed basics for tweens.

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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

great book about human bodies and how they work

it may feel strange to introduce these topics to a kid that's 7 or 8. but by that time, they will likely start hearing about some mature topics from peers, at school or older kids at the playground. as a parent/family member you have an important choice: do you want your kid(s) to learn YOUR values around sex, or someone else's? if you don't start the conversation before they finish elementary school, you've chosen the latter. this book presents 100% scientifically-accurate information about human physiology, birth control, HIV, masturbation and sexual abuse in language appropriate for older elementary-school kids and tweens. it can be tricky to figure out how to start sex education conversations with your kid(s) in middle childhood. this book is a great place to start! I always recommend Robie Harris's books whenever I do a presentation to parents.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Such better books out there

I am 100% in favor of being completely honest with kids about life science. Don't buy the hype about this book, however. There is "honest," and then there is "unnecessary." Kids age 7 and up absolutely should be told the truth about where babies come from. But do they need to learn about contraception? Have it reiterated to them that abortion is ending a pregnancy, and consequence-free? For a book supposedly about how "amazing" reproduction is, it glosses over birth, and focuses entirely too much on every detailed aspect of physical relations you can think of--again, for 7+. There are much better books out there.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This book does what it sets out to do in a very straightforward manner that all kids will appreciate, and it doesn't talk down to them for a second. It's So Amazing! covers even more ground than Robie H. Harris' It's Not the Stork, and gets where tweens probably are in their knowledge about such things: They've gathered a few facts and some half-truths and some things that aren't so true and are embarrassed to admit that they can't tell the difference, with some kids even deciding that they don't want to really know at all, and what's the fuss all about anyway? The bird and bee cartoon characters that are present throughout do a good job of expressing both common kid viewpoints, and kids' reactions to these characters will help parents start good conversations with kids about what they're thinking. If you're only looking to discuss certain topics at certain times, the table of contents lays out each section very clearly.

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