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Show Me! A Picture Book of Sex for Children and Parents Paperback – January 1, 1975


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UDE3VE
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,828,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
176 pages, 217 x 302 mm (slightly larger than A4), 69 extra-large photographs (two-page spreads), 56 small photographs, a number of tiny photographs. All photographs black and white; no illustrations, 36 pages of explanatory text.
This is a book that will be considered superb by ultra-progressive parents, children, and by pedophiles. Most parents, even liberally-minded ones, will find this book confronting and offensive. Disclaimer: I am an ultra-progressive parent, and my views are not those of the majority.
This is a superb book for children and parents as a resource to discuss sexuality in an ultra-progressive context. It begins with 138 pages (69 double-page spreads) of black and white photographs which are excellent quality, very gentle, beautiful, empathetic. Some of the photographs are extremely explicit; the most explicit include erect boys' penises and adults copulating. The photographs are accompanied by a running dialog between some of the children and adults photographed, eg: "But I've got a PENIS and YOU don't.", "SO WHAT? I've got a VAGINA instead!"
The 138 pages of large photographs are followed by 36 pages of explanatory text by Dr. Fleischhauer-Hardt, for parents, which also include smaller photographs of a similar nature; the text discusses sexuality and discussing sexuality with children.
This book is long out of print, because of the hassle Will McBride has received over the book, and the reluctance of any publisher to take it on. It is, however, followed by Zeig Mal Mehr! (Show Me More!), which is currently in print in Germany, but has never been published in English. And Will McBride hopes one day to be able to write "Show Me More Again!", the third in the series.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I stumbled over this book at age 14. Too bad it's not available anymore, and it is unlikely it will ever be available again, certainly never in the US. We're back in the dark ages - not supposed to know, mustn't touch, and just say no. The book's scope is to inform young people right before and during puberty of the realities of sex. It is very informative in pictures - they say more than 1000 words, you know - and text, with useful sex-ed material such as discussion of STD's, contraception, and the psychology of sex. Unless you're an adult, you won't think it's pedophilia. You'll just see naked people that are of roughly your age doing things that people of that age do, or will do within short time. At age 14 when I read it, I would probably have been shocked by the sort of hard core porn that's available at every newsstand, yet this book to me seemed just right, sensitive, a skin-deep look into sexuality from childhood to adulthood. In that respect it was my dream book, it answered many questions and calmed some fears I still had. I found it very respectful in every sense. Yet if you are an "All-American" adult who harbors the pre-Freudian conception that people are sexless in thought and action until the legal age of 18.0, or at least should be repressed into being so, then this book will disturb you. If you are in puberty, this book will be the answers to your zillion questions. For the pedophiliacs out there, well I guess they would like it too - but why deprive all of our young of the mercy of thorough information so they grow up in touch with their bodies and with the other gender, just because we're afraid someone unhealthy might get a kick out of it too?
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lukas Kaye on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have been a book collector for most of my life. If you asked me what book most deserves the title, One-Of-a-Kind, I'd answer with out hesitation SHOW ME! It's like no other book ever published before and in all likelihood no other book that ever will be published in the future. I'm absolutely amazed that it was ever sold openly at mainstream book stories but it was.
The photos are certainly some of the most beautiful nudes I have ever seen. However on first viewing most people will be quite shocked. To some it is the epitome of child porn. However I disagree. The actions of the models are all very natural.
This book routinely sells on e-bay and Bibliofind for as much as three or four hundred dollars. This puts it out of the price range of all but serious collectors. Even so I'd say it's a good investment. It is so far out of the ordinary that I can't imagine the value will ever drop.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Russell A. Rohde MD on February 17, 2005
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"Show Me!", by Will McBride, NY, St. Martin's Press, 1975, LCCCN 74-30507 (pbk), 176 pgs., large format 8.5" x 12" is a book of photographs with captions by McBride plus significant informative explanatory text by Dr. Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt who discusses how to best present these explicit photographs and the book's sexual content to children and the appropriate ages to do so -- and Helga then appropriately delves into the issues of breast feeding, adolesence, puberal changes, menses, sexual anatomies, pregnancy, masturbation, contraception, sexual behavioral disturbances and veneral disease.

First published in Germany, 1974, -- it became a national best seller. Promoted as "A Picture Book of Sex for Children and Parents", I fear today's society will be inclined to view the book as permissive if not overly licentious. The B/W photographs of genitalia, etc. are explicit and encompass age groups from the very young to adult -- pre-puberal erections and some genital touchings between the sexes is depicted. I am not aware of any book comparable to this illustrated primer that fills the needs of sexual education so well -- but I do recall the apprehension and fury when this book was first marketed, a time before AIDS was discovered and before teen-age pregnancies flourished.

Knowing many parents strenuously object to having public schools provide sex education for their children, this book might be one these parents could utilize to provide illustrated factual information. This book does not mention the bird and the bees.
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