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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: The Family Library
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 3 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644840
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's Perfectly Normal is informative and interesting; reassuring and responsible; warm and charming. I wish every child (and parent) could have a copy." — Penelope Leach, Ph.D., author of YOUR BABY & CHILD

"I recommend [IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL] to parents and children who are coming into adolescence. They will love it." — T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. author of TOUCHPOINTS

"A perfectly wonderful treatment of the always touchy subject of sex education for young people. The book treats the subject seriously and its intended readers respectfully." — Hugh B. Price, president, National Urban League, Inc.

About the Author

Robie H. Harris has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including the definitive Family Library about sexuality: IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, IT'S SO AMAZING!, and IT'S NOT THE STORK! She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Michael Emberley is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Family Library. He lives in Wicklow, Ireland.

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Customer Reviews

It's was too much for a little child to handle.
Lisa
This is a great book to discuss sex with who your child going into puberty.
George Kelly
I am so glad my daughter read this book before she started her period.
Julianne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

205 of 232 people found the following review helpful By ZJ on February 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I received this book from my parents when I was 10 or so. Like many kids, I was not big on talking to my parents about sex. Or rather, it was hard for me. It's hard to talk to your parents about something like that. I was a smart, curious kid who had nowhere to turn and I'm so thankful to my mom for buying this for me.

I'm 24 now, but this book still is with me in thought, which is why I'm here to review it. "It's Perfectly Normal" taught me to be okay with myself. How I looked, how I felt, who I was attracted to. It was frank on how sex worked and the importance of safe sex.

I know it's hard for some parents to look at this book and think about giving it to your kid when it talks about masturbation, birth control and types of sex other than vaginal. But you do not want your kid learning about oral and anal sex, or that the pull out method is birth control or anything like that from the internet or whispers in the locker room. This book teaches these things maturely and with respect. Kids are curious, best to have them learn from the right source.

I truly hope if any parents, teachers or guardians are looking for a sex education book for a child in their lives, that they pick up this book. It'll help the kids come to term with such a confusing time in their lives and answer questions they have but don't want to ask.

It's left me feeling perfectly normal.
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92 of 113 people found the following review helpful By mother of 3 on September 9, 2012
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There is good stuff here, but I don't like how they have ordered the topics in this book. They talk about homosexuality before the even talk about puberty. Now before you freak out on me, know that we are episcopalian, are dear friends with many gay couples and our kids know we think gays should be able to marry. But unless you are talking to a kid you think might be gay, I vote going over their changing body before you talk about straight/gay. So we cut the binding off the book (any copy store can do it for you), rearrange the chapters, and talk to our kids about it one subject at a time in the order we prefer. When they are in 5th grade, we sit down for an hour every Wednesday night and talk with them about puberty, body changes, mechanics of sex, fetal development, relationships, oxytocin, spirituality, their right to say no... all of it. Takes a couple months. Our opinion is that we don't want our kids hearing anything they haven't heard from us first. Sex, sexuality and its role in relationships is a huge part of who we are and deserves more than one "talk". This book is one of many that we use including It's So Amazing and A Child Is Born by Nilsson. When they are older (high school) we also talk about and read How To Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul. As I say, this book has good stuff, but it's not perfect. It's both too much and too little in my opinion. Don't feel pressured to use all of it, and don't reject it completely because of its faults.
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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful By iBeth on March 16, 2012
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I bought this book for my older daughter when she started puberty, and now I'm going to purchase it for my younger daughter. They each need their own copy because my older daughter still refers to hers, and also I want my younger daughter to have this newer edition with the Internet safety advice.

This book is is very detailed (including explanations of words like "bra is short for the word "brassiere"), with a factual yet reassuring tone that doesn't talk down to readers. It's filled with drawings that show that many body types are perfectly normal. It explains many subjects besides just the mechanics of puberty, such as masturbation and homosexuality. If you intend to teach your children that such topics are shameful, this may not be the book for you.

What I like best is that the book has lots of "talk to someone you know and trust" prompts. For example, there's a cartoon that shows a bunch of kids telling a dirty joke (you don't see the joke itself) and one boy doesn't get it. The cartoon says, "If you don't get the joke, you can always ask someone to explain it to you," and shows the boy asking his dad. I would much rather that my children learn about growing up and sex from their father and me rather than from gossip at school, so I'm glad the book encourages them to come to us.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Thomas on February 24, 2014
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To all of you nice folks out there insisting this book is part of the Common Core curriculum: Uh, nope. If you've been misled by a certain ex SNL cast member, you might want to consider adjusting your tinfoil hat and seeking other sources of information. This book is, however, a great choice for parents wishing to educate their 10 to 13 year-old children about sex and the human body.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A M Cloutier on July 24, 2013
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As a teacher I'd say this is the best sex ed book I've ever seen for this age group. It is appropriate and informative. It presents a lot of information and is not meant to be just left on a shelf, but invites questions and encourages conversation. That being said, if you feel that sex, gender and anatomy is something to be hidden and ashamed of, this is not the book for you. If you are an informed parent with an open mind who wants a conversation starter for your family, this is it.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MC Spats on May 24, 2013
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First, I want to call everyone's attention to the negative reviews of this book. Please take note that they are all in the same general time frame, even though this book has been published and republished for years. There was a social media campaign by a radical group against sex education directing members to come to Amazon to write bad reviews on this book (as well as on other websites).

I have an 11 year old daughter and I got this for her a few days ago. This book is wonderful! I had "the talk" with her last year, and I answer questions for her... but there are some things she won't ask, and some things I just can't say or won't say well. This book is excellent and just perfect for her. I would give it 100 stars if I could!
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