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How Babies Are Made Hardcover – January 1, 1968

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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Time-Life, Incorporated (January 1, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809408392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809408399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Hurray to the author of this book! Some things in life don't change and how babies get made is one of those things. I didn't want explicit technical pictures. This book provides a platform for the embarrassed parent. The pictures are simple cutouts that explain the process of reproduction. The book begins with flowers and pollination and progresses steadily towards human fertilization. No shocks, no surprises, just simple facts clearly stated. Excellent book. Children are still children and shocking them with a book that they are not prepared to look at is not the answer. This book was a mild approach to a tense subject and I've already recommended it to friends.
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Originally published in 1968 by Time-Life Books, this book hasn't changed either - and it needs no revision to remain up-to-date. It actually addresses "the birds and the bees": beginning with flowers, then moving on to chickens, dogs and finally humans, the authors show how reproduction happens in a similar way for all types of living creatures. The brightly colored paper cutout illustrations hold a young child's attention, and keep even the most squeamish parent from being embarrassed.
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Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to everyone. First issued in 1968 when I was 6 years old, I still remember being impressed, even at that age, by the logical progression of this book. It explains in the most respectful, lucid way where babies come from. I passed this book on to my older sister when she had kids and they hung on to it and passed it down to me when my kids were learning to read. I just left it in the bookcase and they all picked it up when they were ready for it. For anyone mystified about how and where to begin explaining this subject, here is everything you need. This book is in no way dated and should still be at the top of every list of books on this subject.
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Format: Paperback
This is one great little book. It was most helpful with the grandchildren. Very tender, very to the point. Explains everthing quite well. I was unable to find one offensive picture or word in the entire book. I do wish I had had this one around when our children were growing up. If you have a young child and are having difficulties with this particular subject, which many folks do, then this is certainly one you want on your shelf. Highly recommend this one.
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Format: Paperback
Like many of the other reviewers, I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book is still out there. My parents bought this book when I was around 5 years old and this is how I learned the facts of life. I consider it an excellent book and will get a copy for my daughter as soon as she's old enough.

This is a very straightforward book that explains the basic facts of how reproduction occurs in a way that young children can understand. It begins with the pollination of flowers, then moves on to chickens, dogs, and finally humans. It covers the facts of copulation, fertilization, growth of the baby, and then birth, along with the basics of reproductive anatomy, with a combination of brightly colored pictures and simple text. It manages to teach the facts without being overly graphic or embarrassing, not an easy task for a book on this topic. It sticks to the facts and doesn't venture into the realm of values, but leaves plenty of room for parents to discuss their own values.

I'd recommend this book for ages 4-8, keeping in mind that it does lay all the facts out on the table, so if you're not quite ready for your younger child to know exactly how that baby got in there and how it gets out, you may want to look for a different book. Most kids older than 8 or so would find the illustrations and simple text to be too childish and would need a more sophisticated book. This book also doesn't address puberty or other aspects of human sexuality that might be covered in a book for older kids - it strictly deals with where babies come from.
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Format: Paperback
Oh, my goodness, I can't believe it's still out there. Like another reviewer, I remembered the book with cut-outs that my parents gave to me to read about the "facts of life," more years ago than I care to remember. It is an absolutely wonderful tool for parents attempting to teach their child(ren) about something that is still, in this day and age, a difficult subject.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my son (now age 5) two years ago at Christmas time. I was searching for a beginning book about sex that would not offend or embarrass me. (He was a little too young to worry about offending or embarrassing!) It has been a good starting point for us. I think that some parts of the book are unclear to me as an adult and perhaps might be confusing to an older child, but that's why you buy other books as your children get older! This book makes a good foundation.
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Last year, when my older son was 7, he started asking questions about where babies come from. I said, give me two days to get a book (I felt I needed a visual aid to really explain). I did a lot of research and looked at a lot of books and I'm SO GLAD I chose this one.

Not only is it well written but it is so beautifully illustrated with 3D paper cut outs. I just love looking at it.

Be aware, it is very frank in its description of the baby-making process. It begins with chickens, then puppies and then people. It shows the insides of the reproductive organs, as well as animals and people having sex (though the people are in bed and you don't see anything graphic.) However, as a person whose mother explained sex when I was 14(!), using only metaphors and euphemisms, I really appreciated the straight-forward nature of this book.

I read this book to my 7 and 4 year old boys and they understood and liked it very much. It was easy to point to the pictures to answer their questions.

In my opinion, when you make sex something secret and mysterious or embarrassing or taboo, you give it an allure of the forbidden which causes teenagers to want to explore it--perhaps before they are ready. If, on the other hand, sex is a natural part of life and is explained in a very matter-of-fact way, I do not think you are saying--now go out and do it! I think frank discussion demystifies it and puts it in its proper place--as an act of love between two mature people.

Every parent has to decide what to tell (or not) to their children on this subject. However, as a child of someone who said almost nothing except DON'T, I can say that it didn't have the effect my mother desired.

Anyway, excellent book. My kids really liked it. Easy to understand even for my four year old.
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