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The Curiosity Book Mass Market Paperback – November, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1886699045 ISBN-10: 1886699046 Edition: 1st
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Five Corners Pubn; 1 edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886699046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886699045
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,503,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Enlightening...Insightful...Compassionate...Courageous. These are some of the attributes which, in my judgment, describe The Curiosity Book. Calling upon his diverse and rich professional experience with children and adolescents, the author, James Hunter, has developed a unique and extremely practical guide which should be of invaluable help to both parents and a wide range of professionals within the mental health and education fields. The Curiosity Book is written with a great deal of sensitivity and respect for the human body itself and, more importantly, the need to promote positive attitudes involving the human body. It is ironic that while most of us in today's society who consider ourselves to be caring adults frequently encourage children to be curious about their learning, their environment, and their friends, we, at the same time, typically discourage, ignore, or even punish children when they express curiosity about the human body -- their own or others. Thus, many children learn to view this type of curiosity as bad or as shameful. The Curiosity Book provides specific, sensitive suggestions whereby parents and child care professionals can engage in effective, healthy communication with children about the human body - developmentally, attitudinally, and spiritually. The photos contained in this book have been carefully selected to convey tolerant, respectful, and meaningful messages. They are inspiring and beautiful both in their simplicity and in their poignancy. As is the case with the narrative material contained in this work, the photos reflect a very well-balanced perspective relative to attitudes involving the human body - age, gender, and cultural diversity.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1998
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Most parents, teachers, and others who work closely with children will undoubtedly agree that it is not easy, in talking to young children, to enter the territory of sexuality. Should one avoid all discussion of such matters, even if a child should ask about them? And if one should not, how graphic should one be? What should properly be talked about, and what should be left for later years? One wishes for sensitive pictures to look at, with a few simple statements about them, so that adults would not have to rely on their own descriptive language, but could sit down with children, with a little children's book in hand, and talk about the pictures together, always following the child's lead. James Hunter's The Curiosity Book fulfills that wish. Very briefly, in children's terms, the book illustrates differences in human bodies. We see people of different color skin, of different ages, wearing different amounts of clothing, or no clothes at all. We see people of different sizes - for example, a huge man holding an infant. We see people of different shapes, including a woman in the last stages of pregnancy. We see differences in the bodies of children and grown-ups, and of men and women. All this is illustrated in the most simple, direct, and natural way. One cannot imagine a better tool for parents, educators, or mental health workers to use, for opening up, in children's terms, facts with regard to which all children, at one time or another, are curious about. The Book also serves a very practical and necessary purpose in today's world. Very subtly it illuminates for young children something about the sexual character of their bodies, and so prepares them for an awareness that not all actions are appropriate for adults to engage in. Such light could become a very important defensive tool.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1998
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James Hunter has created a marvelous resource for parents to introduce to their children the wonders of the human body; its beauty, ability and diversity. A picture speaks a thousand words, and The Curiosity Book's exquisitely moving and sensitive photographs express volumes about positive communication and affection between people. Children who grow to love themselves and their fellow humans will contribute to the development of a happier, healthier society. The Curiosity Book's celebration of being human is a great contribution toward such a development. Dr. Felicity Goodyear-Smith MB ChB DipObst MRNZCGP Auckland, New Zealand Author of First Do No Harm: the sexual abuse industry
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Interesting book for young children to have a knowledgeable parent read to them. Being more casual about the body could pay off in less stress and anxiety for all.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2001
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I recieved this book and was very disappointed. I have a 2 year old who is becoming very curios about his body and I wanted to purchase a book that would help my husband and I to teach him about healthy sexuality. Since it shows a toddler on the cover and when we purchased the book there wasn't any customer reviews at the time, I purchased the book. However, when I received the book, I was very disappointed. Not only does it not give any truly helpful information, but I found it almost pornographic. It is not a book that I would want to share with my 2 year old child and probably wouldn't want to until my child is a teenager. Bodies are a beautiful creation, and this book should have a description stating what this book actually entails....pictures and very little information. It is not a book that will help people who are wanting to read plenty of information on helping to mold their children's ideas on healthy sexuality.
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