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It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (The Family Library) Paperback – July 22, 2004

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"IT'S SO AMAZING! is the amazingly upbear and caring book that children have been waiting for — because it answers the many quetions most children have about babies, bodies, love, sex, reproduction, and family. This book is totally child-friendly and the perfect read-aloud book for children and families. Try if for the best-ever depiction of the real meaning of family." — Penelope Leach, Ph.D., author of YOUR BABY AND CHILD and CHILDREN FIRST


"This thoughtufl, innovative, and comprehensive book helps children with issues that are on their minds anyway — and gives all of us the language we need to share with them." — T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., author of TOUCHPOINTS: YOUR CHILD'S EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT

As a pediatrician, I know that children have many questions about reproduction, birth, bodies, babies, and families. Finding the answers, in a comfortable, appropriate, and interesting way, is an essential part of growing up healthy in body and mind. This book provides an opportunity for children to find answers to their quetions with clarity of explanation, fabulous illustrations, and humor, together with an all-important sense of wonder." — Perri Klass, M.D., Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, Boston, MA

"An excellent resource on sex education for young children, presented in a lively and engaging style for both kids and parents. A book every family should own." — Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; co-author of RAISING BLACK CHILDREN: TWO LEADING PSYCHIATRISTS CONFRONT THE EDUATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS FACING BLACK CHILDREN

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Robie H. Harris says, "My challenge in writing IT'S SO AMAZING! was to weave the fascinating and complicated science facts about reproduction and birth into the story of the egg and the sperm, and to communicate to children in an honest and simple way how amazing this story really is!"


Michael Emberley says that while creating the illustrations for IT'S SO AMAZING!, he "tried to delicately balance age-appropriateness, absolute accuracy, honesty, and just plain fun."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: The Family Library
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763613215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763613211
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am amazed at how much I enjoyed this book. It's a great tasteful presentation of the human body with lots of scientific information on how babies are made all the way through childbirth. Surprisingly, it didn't make me feel uncomfortable at all. It has short easy to read paragraphs, comic strips, and lots of diagrams. To me, it seems most age appropriate for ages 10-12, though every family/situation is different.

*Let's be honest, what you really want to know about this book: how it defines sex!! So here it is: "When a woman and a man want to make a baby, they hug, and cuddle and kiss and feel very loving, and get very close to each other - so close that the man's penis goes inside the woman's vagina. When this happens, it is called "sexual intercourse."" No technical diagrams, just a picture of a man and women in bed kissing under a blanket with hearts in the air. It also very tastefully covers homosexuality in terms of love, and briefly touches on masturbation: "touching or rubbing the private parts of your own body because it feels good is called masturbation...every family has its own thoughts and feelings about masturbation. Some people and some religions think it's wrong to masturbate... most doctors agree that masturbation is perfectly healthy and normal - and cannot hurt your body."

Hope this helps you decide if this is the right book for you!
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I previewed this book at the library for use with my 7-year-old daughter. The reviewers who praise it for its completeness and no-nonsense approach are all correct. However, and it is a big however, it goes much further. I want my daughter to understand where most babies come from (discussions of assisted reproduction can wait a year or two). I'm not ready to discuss HIV, homosexuality, wet dreams, or really, much beyond the basics. These topics need to be dealt with, certainly, but at age 7? I might look this book up again in a few years, but for now I really feel advertising it for age 7 and up is pushing it.
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I bought this book and read it to my almost 9 year-old when he started having questions about things going on with his body and having babies. I was nervous about explaining sex to him but reading this with him made it much easier. Very good and easy to understand. I did skip the part on different types of families as I don't feel the need to discuss homosexuality with him right now. The section had absolutely nothing graphic about the topic, it basically just stated that this type of family exists. I also skipped the mention of abortion. I am pro-choice but I just didn't feel that conversation was appropriate right now.
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This book contains lots of information on body science, as well as a loving view of different lifestyles. I used it as a way to open a dialog about sensitive issues such as abortion and homosexuality.
I am a Catholic mother of three daughters. I want my children to model what Jesus taught-LOVE OTHERS and DO NOT JUDGE. I feel that there are many ways to love others and many ways to create a family. We need peace and understanding in this world. I read this book with my girls and we discussed (and I even made my own notes on the pages) all of the issues and where I stand on them, as their mother and guide. We also discussed that people have different views on these personal subjects, but everyone deserves repect. Good book!
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This book gives very complete information about reproduction and sexuality, all introduced in a matter-of-fact and fun way. It does not shy away from details like ejaculation, menstruation, etc., but makes these topics easy to talk about. It really has sparked a lot of good discussion at our house. Clear illustrations help answer all kinds of questions. My 6-year-old thinks it is fascinating. I imagine this would be suitable for curious kids from age 4 on up through middle school, with different topics being more interesting at different stages. My church is going to use this as a part of our sexuality education program for grade-schoolers.
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I highly recommend this book to every parent looking for a comfortable, fun way to talk to your kids about where babies come from, how our bodies change, and sex. I have read the book prior to presenting it to my child and have thoroughly enjoyed every page (and have learned a thing or two myself).

Hats off to the authors..........they have given parents a wonderful platform from which to launch "the talk"...
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I purchased this book after sitting cross-legged on the floor at a major bookstore with a whole slew of books on the subject. I picked this one for a number of reasons including the fact that it discusses different types of families -- this was a huge issue to me because my daughter was adopted as an "older child".

The book is highly non-judgmental. Yes, it addresses single-parenting, homosexuality (on the most general, non-sexually explicit terms), and abortion. If you want to shelter your kids from these realities, don't buy the book.

However, the rest is presented in clear but not "graphic" explanations appropriate for elementary school age kids who are starting to ask a lot of questions. My daughter just turned 9 and we are reading the book together. She loves it!

As stated above, the book goes beyond the pure "birds and bees", but also addresses good touch/bad touch issues, different families, etc. I believe the authors have presented the subject in an upbeat, not-overly-graphic, accurate and entertaining manner. I couldn't be more pleased.
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