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on 1 May 2008
I bought this book for my increasingly curious 9 year-old daughter. We've been answering questions for quite some time now, always very matter-of-factly and truthfully, but she has also been picking up some information from the school playground - some right, some way off! So we decided now was the time to move onwards and upwards from our previous book (the excellent "Body Book" by Claire Rayner - perfect for younger children).
It wasn't clear to me what age range this book would suit but I found the author's website which is very helpful. Basically, this is marketed for children from 7 to 10, and the next book ("Let's talk about sex") is marketed for children of 10 and upwards as it covers more in depth topics which you may not feel comfortable discussing with your 7, 8 or 9 year old. So I would start with this book.
It's fun enough for children not to feel that they are being preached at, but informative enough that you could let them read it themselves and then ask you any questions. The illustrations are amusing and still factual and the subject content is entirely appropriate and written in a non-threatening manner. As well as conception, fertilisation, sex as a loving act, pregnancy and birth, some subjects also covered by this book are:
What love is and different types of love (touching briefly on the difference between heterosexuality and homosexuality); private parts and differences between boys and girls; adoption, different types of families, periods; "OK touches and not ok touches" - a really great, non-threatening and matter of fact chapter about sexual abuse, i.e. when it's ok for people to touch/look at your bottom (i.e. the doctor), and when it's not; and what you should do if any touching makes you feel uncomfortable.
All in all just exactly what I was looking for. In a year or two we will move onto "Let's talk about sex". Brilliant.
N.B. "Let's talk about where babies come from" is also sold under the title "It's so amazing"; likewise "Let's talk about sex" is also called "It's perfectly normal". Hope this avoids any confusion!