It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends (Family Library (Paperback)) Paperback – 26 Aug 2008
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About the Author
ROBIE H. HARRIS began her career as a teacher at the Bank Street College of Education s School for Children. She started writing books for children in the 1970s and has numerous titles to her credit. Among them are the award-winning and internationally acclaimed books about sexual health for older children: IT'S SO AMAZING! A BOOK ABOUT EGGS, SPERM, BIRTH, BABIES, AND FAMILIES for children age seven and up and IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL: CHANGING BODIES, GROWING UP, SEX, AND SEXUAL HEALTH for children age ten and up, which won her the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association Award for Outstanding Educator. She is also the well-known author of HAPPY BIRTH DAY!, HI NEW BABY!, and three picture books in the Growing Up series, all illustrated by Michael Emberley, as well as GOODBYE MOUSIE, illustrated by Jan Ormerod, and DON'T FORGET TO COME BACK!, illustrated by Harry Bliss.
MICHAEL EMBERLEY is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the illustrator of many books for children, including several collaborations with Robie H. Harris: IT'S SO AMAZING, IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, HAPPY BIRTH DAY!, HI NEW BABY!, and three picture books in the Growing Up series, books that tell stories and facts about the first five years of life."
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The second one, 'It's So Amazing', would suit children from about aged 8 to 10, I would estimate. The third one, 'It's Perfectly Normal' would be fine for 11+ in my opinion, although other parents may feel that it's too advanced for that age. The detail becomes greater as you move through the books.
'It's NOT the Stork' is well presented, colourful, interesting and covers all the main topics in a sensitive way. There is a section about 'okay touch' and 'not okay touch', which I think is very useful to be there, but I'm concerned that my daughter will not realise it's okay for her to ask her mummy or daddy to look if she thinks something is wrong or feels sore. I've made sure she knows this is fine but *only* if she gives permission.
It is a great resource if you want to (or already do) talk openly about sexuality with your children and don't quite know where to start.
I would recommend that you read through the book prior to reading it with your child though - just to make sure that you are aware of what the book is going to cover and that you are comfortable with it. We got this book when my son was 4 (because we were expecting a baby and he was asking lots and lots of questions like "how will she come out?" and "how did she get in there?").
I would say that there were maybe a couple pages I skipped with him that age because I thought it was maybe just a bit much for him to process all at once. Now that he is almost six though we read through the whole book.
The illustrations, cartoons and text are all cheerful, accurate, informative and amusing. Great addition to a home library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
too explicit for a 8 year old - I don't want to explain masturbation and erectionsPublished 1 month ago by Mancmum
Very thorough! I didn't find it at all suitable for young children though (think I'm a prude!!) it is very detailed and informative and obviously you can adapt as necessary but I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jenny
I bought this book after being recommended by another mother as my 7 year old daughter started asking questions about body parts. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Farah S
Every child should have this book. Superbly written. So impressed.Published 9 months ago by Nikki1980
A great illustrated, modern book for my nephew, which should answer some of the questions that he has been asking his Mummy.Published 11 months ago by maxinedalgreen
Excellent! Started this with my 4year old and 3year old at their own ratePublished 11 months ago by Abigail phillips