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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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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (26 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633318
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 0.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I was unsure which of the three Robie Harris books to buy, so I bought all three! I think that was a good decision, as they will suit my daughter at different ages - although I could perhaps have missed 'It's So Amazing' out, as it overlaps the information in the other two. At present, she's seven and 'It's NOT the Stork' is appropriate for her. I would feel comfortable giving this to a child from about the age of five or six onwards, although at that age they would most likely be unable to read it unaided. At aged seven, the text is appropriate for her to read to herself (I may need to translate a few of the American terms for her - e.g. diaper), and she can then ask me questions if she wishes.

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.
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I can't say enough about this book. I really feel it is a great tool to introduce the topics of the the differences between girls and boys bodies, reproduction, good touch vs bad touches etc.

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.
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Great book but we also have the UK version and it would have been good if it was mentioned somewhere that there's two versions of the same books with different titles
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Excellent book . Would recommend for educating children 6+ . A good basic book to start with.bought when my children started asking where babies come from and how they are made. Lays the facts in a clear concise and fun way to appeal to a child's understanding and perspective.
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My 7 year old had been asking me lots of questions following the birth of my friends baby. He wanted to know how you could choose to have a baby and how the baby got there etc. I had been fobbing him off with all sorts of daft responses and distracting him from his questioning since he first started asking these sorts of questions when he was 4 years old. . He persisted, not at all satisfied with my inconsistent and vague responses. I decided it was time to teach him everything. I searched the internet and discovered this book. When it arrived, I sat down with my son and his two younger sisters (3&4 yrs) and read him the entire book from cover to cover. He was transfixed. The book explained every question he had in a very matter of fact, easy to understand way. It dispelled all the odd ideas he had invented to fill the gaps that I failed to fill for him. I had worried about maybe ruining his innoncence. But after reading it I feel I have just educated my son and I wish I had found it sooner. His sisters paid very little attention to it as I was reading - but as soon as they start asking questions,I will read the book to them. My friend has borrowed the book to read to her 5 and 6 year old as she is expecting a baby. She is equally as impressed as I am.
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Really good book. Great illustrations with sensible explanations. My son liked the cartoon characters which appear throughout. I liked the explanations which stuck to the facts in simple terms. Perfect for a 6 year old
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I snuck this on kids when they were really tired one evening. So well done. Covers everything with loads of facts, cartoons etc. I love the way the picture of naked boy and girl spells out we are exactly the same, arms, legs, bums, except for the obvious and girls can do everything boys can do and vice versa. All encompassing with section on different families, adopted, only Mum, Etc. Really inspires conversations. Highly recommend.
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This is one of the best books I have yet found to explain all those 'how' and 'why' questions about bodies and families. Clear and attractive illustrations (not too detailed, no funny little people to distract you), simple factual explanations - I loved the explanation of 'sex' and how it is neither attractive to or right for children. suggest 5+
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