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It's So Amazing!

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Everything a child may ask about sexuality and babies is here, plus there's a focus on things they are probably hearing about by this age from a number or sources: different types of families, adoption, STDs, condoms, wet dreams, etc. 

Positive messages

Whether or not a child is ready for the conversation, this book encourages kids to ask questions and be curious. It also speaks directly to kids who may be embarrassed or confused, or think discussing these topics is strange.  Responses to all questions are direct, scientific, and thorough.

Positive role models

The bird and bee cartoon characters that appear throughout and comment on the topics presented focus on two perspectives: a child who may be embarrassed to talk about such things and a child who doesn't understand why anyone would want to talk about them. This can help kids feel OK with their own feelings about these often uncomfortable topics.

Violence & scariness

"Okay Touches and Not Okay Touches" explains how kids should tell an adult when they get "not okay touches" and goes on to explain the term "sexual abuse."

Language

All names of body parts are very scientific, except there's a mention that testicles are often called "nuts" or "balls."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this straightforward, approachable sex-ed follow-up to It's Not the Stork is for older kids and digs into more topics that kids are bound to be hearing about as tweens -- which means you'll probably want to spend even more time previewing so you're ready to relay your feelings on some of the tougher topics. These include different kinds of families and love (with terms "homosexuality" and "heterosexuality" explained), HIV/AIDS, condoms and other birth control, masturbation, and a more detailed discussion of what sexual abuse is. The bird and bee cartoon characters that appear throughout and comment on the topics presented focus on two perspectives: a child who may be embarrassed to talk about such things and a child who doesn't understand why anyone would want to talk about them.

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What's the story?

Starting with a chapter called "Curious? Embarrassed? Confused?" and explaining to kids that "it's perfectly normal" to feel that way about where babies come from, even if they think they know a few things already, the book then launches into all the big sex-ed questions: where babies come from, how boys and girls are the same and different and what male and female sexual organs actually do, how the sperm gets to its destination, what pregnancy and birth is like, and even the basics on chromosomes and genes. It also covers topics like different kinds of love (including homosexual love), different kinds of families, adoption, HIV/AIDS, birth control, what touches are "okay" and "not okay" and how to tell someone about "not okay" touches, and why growing up is "so amazing."

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Just like It's Not the Stork, 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 even more ground 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about any questions they may have after sharing this book. What did you know already? What do you want to know more about?

  • Talk about why these topics can be hard to talk about. What do kids find embarrassing? What do parents find embarrassing? Are you less embarrassed now that you know the facts?

Book details

Author:Robie H. Harris
Illustrator:Michael Emberley
Genre:Body Awareness
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Candlewick Press
Publication date:July 22, 2004
Number of pages:88
Publisher's recommended age(s):7 - 10

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 13, 2012

its so amazing

Families can talk about any questions they may have after sharing this book. What did you know already? What do you want to know more about? Talk about why these topics can be hard to talk about. What do kids find embarrassing? What do parents find embarrassing? Are you less embarrassed now that you know the facts?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 10 year old Written byM Go Blue May 1, 2014

Good book for Preteens - Easy Read

I took out a few books and this is the one that my 9 year old boy liked the best. The graphics made it appealing for him to read and he liked the humor. It was very informative, and it kept his attention. I highly recommend this. I supplemented it with the "Body Book for Boys." I also liked "Will Puberty Last my Whole Life?" but didn't introduce that until he was older.

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