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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061429864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061429866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.


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Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By M. T. McMullen on November 6, 2009
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Out of the huge pile of "sex ed" books that I scanned through, this one was the best for my family's needs.
It is comprehensive: it hits almost every sex-related question that a kid could think of.
I also liked that it was realistic--kids hear about things like homosexuality and masturbation and "the pill", etc. and I liked how she addressed them.
(But the previous reviewer is correct: if you are very conservative in your views, you probably will not like her coverage of the more controversial items.)

I also liked that it's for both boys and girls, because I'm sure they wonder about what the other gender is experiencing as they mature.
Also, it has some illustrations, but there aren't lots of silly cartoons. A pre-teen isn't going to think this is a "kids book"--they'll take it seriously.

Bottom line: if you are terrified about having "the talk" with your kid, this book does a nice job of covering "the facts", then you can encourage questions and discussion afterwards.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Russo on February 12, 2014
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I bought this book because it had good reviews, However, I pre-read it to make sure it was appropriate for my 12 year old son and 14 year old special needs daughter. I was astonished by the content let alone disgusted with the Author. Right off the bat I noticed this book was similar to soft porn. It literally is very explicit and detailed. while reading this book I actually thought to myself what kind of parent , who wrote reviews before me thought that this was an acceptable piece of information for their 9-14 year old child to read.
1) it practically TEACHES your child how to masturbate efficiently. also it teaches kids to masturbate when they are angry, upset, anxious and any other emotion so basically when your child is feeling any emotions they should just haul off a whack one off until they feel better? WOW
2) it practically gives explicit direction into how to have sex " grinding your hips together until the MAN GETS OFF" funny here because i didn't know sex actually ended when the man got off and I was shocked to see a woman wrote this which brings me to the sex subject on why there is a section on "why would a girl let herself get pregnant"? really? am I the only one to see a problem with this? a girl LET herself get pregnant? So, I guess this book will teach your children that its the girls fault if she becomes pregnant because the rocking of the boys hips until he gets off has nothing to do with it!!!!!!!!

3) the the age I see appropriate for this book is 16 and over and I use appropriate very loosely. the author should be ashamed of herself for writing such a sexist book in the first place and I'm a nurse and am usually very explicit but this book is inappropriate for 9-14 year olds
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Girls on September 4, 2013
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My daughter is 11 and just starting middle school. This book briefly covers a lot of topics. It wasn't too wordy, so she didn't mind reading it. I read it first to make sure I agreed with the content. When my daughter finished the book, I had a couple of topics that I wanted to add my own opinion to, like abortion, but otherwise, it was perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By i have 5 kids you know! on September 20, 2013
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definately helped me and my 10 year old daughter get through some difficult conversations. used appropriate terms and was easy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kahikina R. on July 11, 2013
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I'm a therapist and was looking for a good book to refer parents to use to help facilitate discussion about sex between themselves and their kids. I think this is a really informative book, and would help make that awkward conversation a little bit easier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Aerospace Engineer on December 17, 2013
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I reviewed several chapters with my son and this helped tremendously. I used the illustrations as a back drop of my conversation after having read it first myself.. He was accepting and asked really good questions. I plan to review more chapters a few at a time to cover all the topics.

While I was concerned about being able to effectively communicate with my son as a parent, it surprisingly flowed well and was attributable to the organization and scope of this book. The scope and depth as well as answering questions from a child's point of view was very helpful to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie B. on October 30, 2013
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Very kid friendly. Easy to understand. Covers wide variety of topics that cover the questions kids ask about sex or that are sex related. Made talking to kids much easier.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Best on May 30, 2013
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Every parent must have product. You have to raise responsible next generation. This product give you the correct information, easy to read.
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