- 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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How Babies Are Made Hardcover – January 1, 1968
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Crazy ridiculous book.
You see a chicken and a rooster get it on.
You see doggy style from dogs.
There is a dog penis. Read more
"The" classic "first talk" book. I bought this for my special-needs son, who is 12. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ScribeBuddy
Clear, accurate, and engaging. We use this book with our children when they first start asking about how babies are made, and review it with them periodically until their pre-teen... Read morePublished 4 months ago by AB
I love this book as it was on our book shelf when I was a kid. My parents had the original hard cover book. This is a soft cover, but the pages are the same as I remember them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by daniel leroy wille
Honestly, I got this book after seeing it on Buzzfeed and thinking it would be a great addition to my bathroom reading. Read morePublished 8 months ago by KCF
My mom gave me this book as soon as I learned how to read. In the 80s. Of course, I was a latch-key kid and showed everyone in my neighborhood. Read morePublished 10 months ago by CindyLou
I bought this book based on the many positive reviews. I should have paid more attention to the one and two star reviews. Read morePublished 10 months ago by anonymous
I bought this book for my son back in 1980 when I was expecting his brother. I bought it again for his daughter when she was going to be a big sister.Published 11 months ago by LS