It's Not the Stork: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

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From the expert team behind IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL and IT'S SO AMAZING! comes a book for younger children about their bodies — a resource that parents, teachers, librarians, health care providers, and clergy can use with ease and confidence.

Young children are curious about almost everything, especially their bodies. And young children are not afraid to ask questions. What makes me a girl? What makes me a boy? Why are some parts of girls' and boys' bodies the same and why are ...

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Overview

From the expert team behind IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL and IT'S SO AMAZING! comes a book for younger children about their bodies — a resource that parents, teachers, librarians, health care providers, and clergy can use with ease and confidence.

Young children are curious about almost everything, especially their bodies. And young children are not afraid to ask questions. What makes me a girl? What makes me a boy? Why are some parts of girls' and boys' bodies the same and why are some parts different? How was I made? Where do babies come from? Is it true that a stork brings babies to mommies and daddies?

IT'S NOT THE STORK! helps answer these endless and perfectly normal questions that preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school children ask about how they began. Through lively, comfortable language and sensitive, engaging artwork, Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley address readers in a reassuring way, mindful of a child's healthy desire for straightforward information. Two irresistible cartoon characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, provide comic relief and give voice to the full range of emotions and reactions children may experience while learning about their amazing bodies. Vetted and approved by science, health, and child development experts, the information is up-to-date, age-appropriate, and scientifically accurate, and always aimed at helping kids feel proud, knowledgeable, and comfortable about their own bodies, about how they were born, and about the family they are part of.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This book is ideal for parents, educators, or any adult seeking a children's book about the human body and reproduction. There are chapters on how girls and boys are the same and how they are different, how babies are made, how babies grow, and how they are born. The final chapters discuss different kinds of families, okay and not okay touches, and how children grow. Factual terms such as penis, vagina, and sex are used. These words are defined using everyday language so that even the youngest readers will understand them but to further aid their comprehension, there are anatomically correct illustrations with lines identifying the various body parts. The watercolor and colored pencil illustrations create a playful mood that will appeal to children and also help to lighten this intense topic. Bird and Bee are two cartoon characters seen throughout the book. They also help to lighten this topic through their use of speech bubbles for answering questions that young children might have. For children mature enough to learn about the "birds and the bees," this book is ideal. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763633318
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Series: Family Library Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 45,777
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robie H. Harris

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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  • Posted April 18, 2010

    We Loved This Book

    Read this book last night to our seven year old. We are expecting our second child and were struggling with how to explain what is going on with the pregnancy and where babies come from. He giggled and laughed and asked lots of questions. and we tried to answer as many as we could. One thing that was helpful was explaining how many years it takes a doctor to learn about the human body and letting him know that he couldn't learn it all in one night or from one book. We told him as time goes on we'll explain more and more when he is ready to understand it. We also told him he could read the book on his own whenever he wants and can come and ask us more questions. My husband and I sat down together to read this to him and I think that was really important to my son learning that human sexuality is a normal beautiful part of an ADULT'S life. Made sure to tell him, even at seven, that sex was meant to only be shared with someone very special and that any time a person has sex that a baby could happen and that is why it is for grownups only.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    My son checked this out of the library and I read the beginning

    My son checked this out of the library and I read the beginning chapters with my 6-year-old grandson. Perfect pitch for his age and sophistication. I'll absolutely be buying the book now because I know we'll want to go back to it several times as he gets a little older and has more questions.

    We realized it was past time when he mentioned that his baby half-sister (divorced parents) hadn't grown her 'parts' yet and when he said that our dog was trying to 'lay eggs' when we saw him humping the pillow!

    I especially like the way it includes all kinds of families very matter-of-factly because my own children were adopted and very few 'where do babies come from' ever mentioned that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    great book

    Wonderful book to help children understand about our bodies and questions they might have. Pictures aren't graphic but show enough so a child understands. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

    Exactly what we needed

    We are expecting our 3rd baby and wanted a book that could help us with explanations for our 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Our 7 year old didn't want us to stop reading it to her. It prompted excellent discussions, during which my husband and I could articulate our family's specific values. My 10 year old preferred to take the book into his room where he read it in private. I followed up with some questions over the next few days to make sure he read and understood it. I've always talked to my kids about their private parts, using the correct anatomical names, and about appropriate touch, but I regret not talking to my 10 year old about intercourse and how a baby is made sooner. Now I am shopping for the books that the same authors wrote for older children. I'm grateful for the guidance.

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