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The Wonderful Way Babies Are Made (Bethany Backyard) Hardcover – July 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 12 years
  • Series: Bethany Backyard
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764223410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764223419
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Larry Christenson is an ordained Lutheran minister, bestselling author, and popular speaker. He and his wife travel extensively, speaking at conferences, in colleges and seminaries, and in congregations. They make their home in Minnesota.

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I was still a little embarrassed to read it.
bea florez
It is impressive that the book is written and presented in two ways; to be read to younger children, and also for older children to reread on their own.
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I definitely plan on purchasing this book, and using it with my future family!!!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book! We have so many books in our home that I hadn't even realized how great this book is. My mom had gotten it and I had totally forgotten about it until my 6 year old grabbed it for a car trip. There's a special section at the end talking about adoption and about how Jesus was adopted by Joseph.It discusses the virgin birth very well which, let's face it,can be a little tricky for any parent. The 2 different texts-large print for ages 3-8 and the smaller print for 9-14-is a great idea.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I was a kid my parents bought a few books about the birds/bees that were rather graphic (in my opinion) and left me thinking that in order for a child to be conceived the couple had to be "in love". So when I went shopping for a book to read to my children I read each one with a rather critical eye for the *whole* truth about how babies are conceived. This book covers conception and more in a way that is honest but also age appropriate. My 8 year old daughter has asked some interesting moral questions (related to sex) and this book answers them in a way that I feel is sensitive as well as Biblically sound.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bea florez on March 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Nicely laid out. I was having trouble getting thru "the talk" with my kids this made it a little easier. Good explanations. I was still a little embarrassed to read it.Presents the act of love making as a gift from God that should be shared within the boundaries of marriage.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer R Wagnon on November 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book, with a Christian perspective on explaining sex to kids. It has 2 sets of text, one for younger kids and a slightly more advanced set for older kids. It touches on several areas including conception, pregnancy and adoption. It is definitely for the Christian family as it discusses Adam and Eve and Christ's birth among other things such as Christian morality. A wonderful starting point for discussion with your kids. My 2 girls (5 and 3) loved it when their younger brother came along.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jwm619 on January 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've got to say that I agree with the other 1 star review in saying this book has grand potential to be a stumbling block for children. I remember reading it when I was young (old enough to read the small print), and due to the pictures of naked couples I felt a sense of shame because I wanted to look at those pictures more than the others in the book. I know as an adult that the shame I felt was due to the intimate nature of those illustrations. I certainly felt like I was sneaking a peek at something that wasn't intended for anyone else's eyes (not even grown ups)! I think showing couples together with their clothes on, enjoying each other in everyday scenes that children are familiar with, and leaving the explanation in words rather than specific pictures, would have given me the necessary information while leaving enough to wonder about and discuss with my parents. As it was, I felt embarrassed to ask my parents any questions about the information because I was so embarrassed by the naked grown ups in the pictures!
As a parent of three children, I have looked for a book to give information that is age appropriate, while not feeding the desire to keep looking at something children know they shouldn't be seeing. I have found the series "God's Design For Sex" to be excellent! We've only used the first 2 out of 4 books and are considering moving onto the third since our son is within the recommended age range now. The first two books we have used do an excellent job of giving information that is accurate without intimate pictures that leave children feeling like they shouldn't be looking.
Another reviewer called this book "soft porn", and unfortunately I'd have to agree. Just because the couples in the illustrations are married (or drawn and not photographed) doesn't make it ok for children to be able to see what is going on in this intimate act (even if the "private" parts are covered).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book for any parent who wants to make Sex-Ed no big deal! I grew up with this book... and it is ***Awesome***!! The illustrations are gorgeous, but more importantly I think it gives enough information without either grossing the child(ren) out... or leaving them wondering. It's from a Christian perspective and it is written in two parts. The main part is in the larger print and is geared for the younger age level, and the smaller print is for the older ones, and goes into a little more detail. The older text it talks about saving intercourse for the person you're married to. The whole subject is framed in the context of creation, creating families and creating babies. It also has a section on adoption and the fact that Joseph adopted Jesus. Momma started reading us the larger print when we were about three or so, and the larger when we got closer to 10-12 years old. When we were little, she treated it like any other bed-time story.... she kept it up on our shelf, and pulled it down every so often to read it to us before bed. Because she kept it such a casual thing... sex was never was a big deal! I definitely plan on purchasing this book, and using it with my future family!!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By oregon mom on October 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book to help us explain the birds and the bees to our 7 year old daughter. I thought this book was a little too detailed for her age. She can read, so I can't just read her the more general big print- she would read the small detailed print as well, which goes into detail. I think it is too much information for her at her age and stage and would've liked the book to be slightly more general. I had to store the book away for maybe next year.
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