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Let's Talk About Sex: Growing Up, Changing Bodies, Sex and Sexual Health [Paperback]

Robie H. Harris , Michael Emberley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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6 Nov 1995
Sometime between the ages of nine and fifteen, children's bodies begin to change and grow into adult bodies - and with these changes comes a natural curiosity about sex and sexuality. This book gives the facts - biological and psychological - of sex: from conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, including sections on the body, families and babies, and sexual health. The book's approach is simple, with cartoon illustrations and the speech-bubble comments of two characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, which reflect the diverse feelings children have about sex.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074453674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744536744
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 21.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Down to-earth and humorous... the best book I have read on the subject." Nanette Newman, The Sunday Express" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An updated, 15th anniversary edition of the definitive book on kids’ sexual health brings this trusted resource into the twenty-first century. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 21 Jun 2007
my son, aged 9, has been asking for several weeks if we could have 'the chat' but i had no idea where to start or where to stop. This book gives a clear yet simple overview of the whole subject whilst making it sound so normal and part of everyday life- which of course to an adult it is- but to a child it may seem totally unreal. As a child I was thrown a leaflet and left to it but this gives openings for discussion and answers questions that a child may find awkward. Healthy sex is such a large part of life now not just the pregnancy fear that I grew up with. This is talked about without putting an unrealistic fear into the child. WELL DONE!!! and thank you...
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341 of 344 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have children you should have this book 30 Nov 2002
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Our family think this is a brilliant book. It would be appropriate for children from ages (8), 9, 10 or 11 depending on maturity etc to about 14 years. The book covers "growing up, changing bodies, sex and sexual health" in a factual and accurate but often light-hearted way, recognising that children can be very embarassed about these topics, but do need to know the full facts and the context. It has been written for them as individuals and is aimed at their level of interest and understanding.
The illustrations are entertaining - accurate but cartoonish and the "bird" and "bee" comments at the margins are brilliant. The bee finds everything excruciatingly embarrassing and says so, but the bird loves it all and comments accordingly. Children can relate well to both characters and their thoughts at different stages of their development. They also begin to realise that the bee may be silly in being so prudish about natural matters and may adapt their own comments and behaviour in the light of this. We have used these characters to instigate family or individual discussions about these important topics - for example, prompting a discussion by saying "I can see you feel like the bee and find this very uncomfortable to talk about - would you like to look at the book again?" or "the bird loved this bit" and discussing more openly.
The approach taken in the book means that children go on to read chapters eg sexual health which they might not otherwise have read because they like the style of writing and the "aside" comments from the bird and bee. My children (two girls and a boy) read bits of the book avidly from the ages of about 9 or 10. They continue to dip into it as the months go by and as they realise the possible relevance of chapters which were a mystery to them previously. I still find it tucked in one or other of their bedside tables from time to time and would expect to do so for some years to come.
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150 of 153 people found the following review helpful
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we gave the book to our eldest child how knew the basic;s and let him read it in his own time and have been able to share it with him when he has had questions our wanted to talk about issues raised. the book has been on loan to several friends who have also gone on to buy it. great for children age 9 and up . all art work is child friendly and not out to give mum and dad red faces when reading as a family. also covered some issues some families may not feel able to talk about such as wet dreams' periods' body shape' what's normal on my body. great book!!!!!!!.
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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book for my ten year old daughter and am very glad I did. I even learnt a few things from it myself. It is in easy to understand terms and answers all the questions that a child is likely to ask. I am confident that my daughter will fully understand all aspects of 'growing up' thanks to this wonderful book. She can sit and read it on her own and ask any questions she needs to without me trying to blindly explain things to her. The cartoon style pictures also make it fun for her to read and easier to follow what all the words actually mean. I wish there had been something this good on the market when I was growing up, it would have made my life a whole lot easier, my mum's too I think!
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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Jan 2004
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I bought this for my 9 year old daughter and now my husband wants to read it! It is well written and easy for a child to read and I would recommend it to anybody trying to work out how to explain the facts of life to their children. My only problem is keping it away from my 7 year old!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 11 Sep 2009
By Sarah
I bought this book for my 11 year old son who is getting things wrong from playground gossip - he was thrilled that I had taken the time to chose the book and take interest that he knows correctly about the changes in the human body. It is important that children get this right, as many parents neglect the aspect of maturity and body changes leaving this to school and playground education.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lets talk about sex 27 Dec 2002
I bought this book for my granddaughter aged 13 (going on 17). She found it really cool and took it to school where her teacher copied from it to use in their sex education discussions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little to old for my daughter 23 April 2010
I bought this book for my 9 year old but found it a liitle too old for her so I have put it away until next year when she will be just over 10. Some things in this book I do not believe a 9 year should be reading about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All good. There really is nothing to add.
Published 19 days ago by Mrs Anita L Couchman
4.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot!
Great for slightly older kids - 11 up. Cartoons but not many graphics and a harder read. More adult topics covered rather than just the basic biology. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars I got this for my son age 8 and is useful for answering any awkward...
Suited more for ages 10 / 11 +. I got this for my son age 8 and is useful for answering any awkward questions and a good guide for parent-child discussions.
Published 1 month ago by Lollypop
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
a great book for children from 9 to 14years.Covers a lot of facts and knowledge tho can get a bit difficult for the younger reader when reading the scientific terms. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jen brett
4.0 out of 5 stars its not that bad
bought this for my 12 year old son. its not actually that bad. yes it has pics that he has had a giggle at as they show naked bodies, but it is informative and has all the info... Read more
Published 2 months ago by charlotte evans
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
Have to say our 11 year old found this very good and interesting as he has heard stuff at school and this has helped him to understand things and confirm or counter things he has... Read more
Published 4 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I gave this book 5 stars because it covers absolutely everything you would want your teenager to know. I would reckon mend this book to parents. Read more
Published 5 months ago by marlene1
5.0 out of 5 stars more for 10 years +
Ordered for my son who's 9 years old, and very mature and advanced for his age, great book for facts but I think it's a bit to much and will be waiting for him to be a bit more... Read more
Published 6 months ago by anaya
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative
Just bought this book for my 9 year old as he's recently become curious, full of facts, everything + anything they need to know, although it feels as if my son is to young to be... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars super for my 10 year old
great book for my 10 year old. clear and good explanations would definitely recommend Not too complicated or too babyish
Published 7 months ago by joanne kershaw
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