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It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends (The Family Library) Paperback – August 26, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Family Library
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (August 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633318
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3–Harris opens by introducing two cartoon characters–a green-feathered bird clad in a purple shirt and blue high-top sneakers and his spike-haired friend, a bee. They wonder, So where DO babies come from? Their conversational commentary, given in word balloons, is a lighthearted supplement to a more focused narrative. Told in the second person, the text is straightforward, informative, and personable. Facts are presented step-by-step, starting from the similarities and differences between boys and girls bodies, moving to a babys conception, growth in the womb, and birth, ending with an exploration of different configurations of families as well as a section on okay versus not okay touches. The book is logically organized into 23 double-page sections. Friendly and relaxed cartoons, either interspersed with the text or appearing in comic-strip form, are integral to the titles success in imparting the material. The labeled drawings show both the outside and the inside parts of the body. As the bee and bird say to one another, Knowing the names of ALL the parts of your body is–PERFECTLY NORMAL! Overall, this book will be accessible to its intended audience, comforting in its clarity and directness, and useful to a wide range of readers.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 3. Harris and Emberley's It's Perfectly Normal (1994) and It's So Amazing (1999), sex-ed books for pubescent and prepubescent readers, respectively, are among today's most frequently challenged titles. Their newest targets kids closer to potty training than puberty, but like its predecessors, it will undoubtedly raise as many hackles as it attracts words of praise. Some controversial elements in the previous books have been toned down or left out here; there are no images of unclothed adults or references to masturbation, abortion, and birth control. But what remains will still widen many eyes: pictures of nude children with body parts exhaustively labeled; text about the "kind of loving [that] happens when . . . the man's penis goes inside the woman's vagina" that candidly expresses what the accompanying under-the-blankets visual leaves to the imagination. Emberley's affectionate, mood-lightening cartoons keep things approachable, while Harris' respectful writing targets children's natural curiosity without cloaking matters in obfuscating language. Based on its length and detail, the book's advertised intent to reach children as young as four seems optimistic. All the same, this will smoothly adapt to the needs of individual families, who will want to choose among the three options based less on assigned age ranges than on personal comfort levels with the topics addressed. For another forthright but less-comprehensive book, suggest Dori Hillestad Butler's My Mom's Having a Baby! (2005). Jennifer Mattson
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This Book answered a lot if questions and she read it for days .
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We sat and read the book together the first time, and then he spent the next week or so reading it himself and asking lots of questions.
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These books are very well written & the illustrations are colorful & fun for kids.
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147 of 150 people found the following review helpful By E. Szymanski on November 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When my kids started asking reproduction and anatomy questions, I checked out and read the reviews of every book on the subject I could find. I'm an RN, so it was important to me that it was accurate as well as engaging for my kids. I am so glad I picked this one. My children were 4 and 6 when we bought this book, and they absolutely loved it from the first reading. So did I. It has all the information I was hoping for and it is presented so appropriately for the age. Nothing is scary or more detailed than necessary. The illustrations are bright and fun and keep the kids engaged. The book is set up in such a way that is easy to navigate - that is, you can read it from beginning to end, and it flows appropriately - starting with body parts and boy/girl differences, reproduction in the middle, and a small section at the end about good and bad touches. You can also easily jump to the section that you or your child prefers without taking away from the book. For example, my daughter is fascinated by the cartoon showing the sperm swimming to the egg and we often just start there.

As a parent of young children and as an RN, I recommend this book to all parents
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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Eve Granger on July 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many people think that this book, and the topic of sex and sexuality, should be avoided until the child asks about it. They hope such questions will arise around puberty. YOU SHOULD TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEX AND THEIR BODIES WHEN THEY'RE OLD ENOUGH TO WALK AND INTERACT WITH OTHER HUMANS. Why? Because if you wait until puberty to talk about "parts" and "making love", kissing, etc., you're leaving thirteen years during which your child can and --10%+ for young boys and 20%+ for young girls--will get sexually abused by somebody who takes advantage of the fact that they don't know any better.

This book is a blessing. In a not-too-graphic fashion, it depicts the differences between boys and girls, differences between men and women, and pregnancy. If you are uncomfortable teaching your toddler about sex, at the very least teach him/her the differences between boys and girls, and what is and isn't appropriate touching. As this book has nice cartoony but anatomically correct pictures of a naked boy and a naked girl, a parent can use it with a child of any age to *at least* show where is appropriate touching for which sex without frightening the child. I would recommend holding off the actual sex part of the book until the child is around nine or ten, but please parents, you must be comfortable teaching your child about his or her own body and what is appropriate touching from anybody to your child and from your child to anybody else.

With regards to content, the book uses simple text and real words. For example, "penis" and "vagina". I think parents ought to use these words with their children and teach them when it is appropriate to use them.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful By S. Bourget on January 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this because my five year old girl started asking "Where do babies come from?" The book is honest without being graphic and the pictures are not shocking. She liked the little cartoons and the simplified diagrahams. Besides just teaching the very basics about sex and where do babies come from, it also helped open the door to the conversation about good touches and bad touches. Who is allowed to touch you and what to do if someone touches you that shouldn't be.

My daughter really liked the book and didn't find it overwhelming. However, before someone buys this book, or any other book like this for their toddle, I would definitely suggest looking around at a lot of books on this topic.
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74 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. on January 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was not offended by anything in this book, but I felt that the basic information I want to convey to our kids got lost. There are too many subtopics, the illustrations overwhelm the text (and at some points are a bit too descriptive), the speech balloons are distracting.....the book goes in so many different directions. I would rather cover each area with a separate book and a separate discussion. For someone who is looking for a very basic, no frills, no confusion book about the essentials of human reproduction and nothing else, I recommend Before You Were a Baby by Paul Showers and Kay Sperry Showers. It's out of print but can be purchased used.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By bellawible on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is very informative and laid out well, but there's some content that is questionable based on your child's age and your family's beliefs. Here are some examples:

-The author goes into A LOT of detail about anatomy. (ex: clitoris, erections, circumcised vs uncircumcised penises, vas deferens...)
-It's stated that the man's penis goes into the woman's vagina.
-There are nude cartoon illustrations of boys and girls and an illustration of a couple having sex in bed (but they're covered).
-There is mention of same sex families.
-The author says that "rubbing or touching" your privates is a "good touch".

On the upside:
-It has excellent descriptions about how babies develop, how they're born, and how to care for them after birth.
-The style of writing and illustrations make the subject lighthearted and approachable.

Overall, I think the content is appropriate for an older child (ages 9-12 based on maturity), but the style and illustrations are geared towards young children. This book might insult an older child's intelligence. If you're comfortable with your child knowing all those details at a young age, then this book is for you. However, if you're considering this book for an older child or tween, a different book might be more appealing.
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