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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? ...

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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

Publishers Weekly
A welcome addition to their oversize- format series about where humans come from and how they grow, It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends by Robie H. Harris, illus. by Michael Emberley, addresses common questions raised by children. In Emberley's usual friendly style, cartoon panels illustrate "the big swim" of the sperm to the egg, while on another spread, clear diagrams of a boy and girl illustrate their different body parts. An excellent introduction to babies' origins for youngest curious minds. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
From the award-winning author/illustrator team that has helped families and young kids find answers to questions about puberty, bodies, and healthy sexuality in earlier books, comes this volume designed to address those endless and perfectly normal questions that preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school children like to ask about how they began. The tone of the text is lively and the language used is age-appropriate, accurate, and comfortably understandable. In fact, the entirety of this nonfiction title has been reviewed—and endorsed—by science, health, and child development experts. The illustrations are colorful and expressive, providing a cheery counterbalance to the fact-filled story of conception and birth. Two charming cartoon characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, provide comic relief as well as give voice to a full range of emotions and reactions that children in the real world may experience while learning about the amazing human body's reproductive system and cycles. The illustrator makes good use of conversation balloons to present their dialogue and thoughts, plus uses lots of sidebars to present complex concepts, which results in a visually exciting book that is easy to use, too. The chapters are small and specific, and there's a comprehensive index in the back detailing all the topics covered. Families can use this expansive hardcover picture book with ease and confidence.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Harris opens by introducing two cartoon characters-a green-feathered bird clad in a purple shirt and blue high-top sneakers and his spike-haired friend, a bee. They wonder, "So where DO babies come from?" Their conversational commentary, given in word balloons, is a lighthearted supplement to a more focused narrative. Told in the second person, the text is straightforward, informative, and personable. Facts are presented step-by-step, starting from the similarities and differences between boys' and girls' bodies, moving to a baby's conception, growth in the womb, and birth, ending with an exploration of different configurations of families as well as a section on "okay" versus "not okay" touches. The book is logically organized into 23 double-page sections. Friendly and relaxed cartoons, either interspersed with the text or appearing in comic-strip form, are integral to the title's success in imparting the material. The labeled drawings show both the outside and the inside parts of the body. As the bee and bird say to one another, "Knowing the names of ALL the parts of your body is-PERFECTLY NORMAL!" Overall, this book will be accessible to its intended audience, comforting in its clarity and directness, and useful to a wide range of readers.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Harris and Emberley's trademark bird and bee return to help harried parents explain to their preschoolers and early elementary-aged children just exactly where babies come from. Opening with a dialogue that features a number of myths about procreation, the narrative then delivers what readers of It's So Amazing! (1999) and It's Perfectly Normal (1994) have come to expect: frank, age-appropriate discussions of topics that can send the unprepared parent screaming from the room. From the differences and similarities between boys and girls, to a preview of puberty, to conception, pregnancy and birth, Harris's reassuring text and Emberley's cheerfully lumpy cartoons hold the reader's hand through question after question. Concluding chapters explore physical and emotional boundaries, "okay touches" and "not okay touches," and the many different permutations of the modern family unit. Far too long for a bedtime read-aloud, this volume is well-suited for browsing, reference and independent examination. Although it is primarily aimed at young readers, the clarity and candor of the presentation will ensure its usefulness to older elementary children with limited reading skills. A happy addition to the Harris-Emberley family. (Nonfiction. 4-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763600471
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Series: Family Library Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 141,265
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.74 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Great Way to Have a Useful Conversation

    Our six year old loves this book, and so do we. It is precise and charming, and has helped us with provide age-appropriate, neutral and accurate words and concepts for the conversation about where babies come from and how they are made. I recommend it to anyone who wants to provide their children with an introduction to human reproduction. We are looking forward to the other titles by this team.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Look at it before reading to the kid(s)

    While a good reference, this is not a book I would share with my 6 year old. It is pretty graphic and tells what the man and woman do in bed along with a picture. While the people in the picture are covered up, it is not the picture I wish to paint in my 6 year old's head. I think this book is better suited for the 10 year old.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Very good first "talk" book

    My parents never talked to me about sex or where babies came from, and I wanted to make sure my kids knew about it from a reliable source, but didn't know really how to talk to them about it.

    Being a mom of boys who love comic books, this book is awesome! It reads in a way that is age appropriate (I have a 7 year old) that is easy to understand, but factual and not too cutesie. I love that it doesn't linger too long on the actual sex act, but a brief explanation of what it is, and why it is not appropriate for children.

    I think it's a great book to explain sex and where babies come from. I picked up many others, which were also great, but had way too much information for a younger child. We will eventually get there, but right now, why answer questions they haven't even asked?

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The best series for children on the topic of human sexuality

    This is a thoughtful, accessible, thorough introduction to children's sexuality and is perfect for parents and children to read together and for early readers to look at on their own. It is told in comic book format - the main characters are a bird and a bee, one of whom finds the whole subject difficult to talk about. This is much more than the birds and the bees, however. It puts sex into the full context of human development. This book (and the other books in the series that I would recommend just as strongly)was developed with experts in all areas - biology, medicine, religion, education, and human development.

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