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Sex Ed
     

Sex Ed

by Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
 
Bestselling author Miriam Stoppard knows that teens like to think they know it all when it comes to sex. But when they have a question, this accessible book provides them with the answers they need in an easy to read format. Appropriate for ages 12 and up, Sex Ed takes a good-humored look at the sometimes awkward but very real issues of sex education.

Overview

Bestselling author Miriam Stoppard knows that teens like to think they know it all when it comes to sex. But when they have a question, this accessible book provides them with the answers they need in an easy to read format. Appropriate for ages 12 and up, Sex Ed takes a good-humored look at the sometimes awkward but very real issues of sex education.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Edward Sullivan
Sex Ed is not one of the best sex education books I have read, but it is quite good. Author Stoppard, a medical doctor, touches upon all the issues of sex and sexuality that are of concern to young adults of both genders. She begins, appropriately, with relationships, discussing the responsibilities one has in friendships and dating. Her next topic is puberty and the physical development of the body. She then spends the rest of the book discussing various forms of sexual activity, the responsibilities one must exercise in sexual relationships, and the consequences one might suffer for acting irresponsibly. Among the many important subjects Stoppard touches upon are lovemaking alternatives to intercourse; how boys and girls achieve orgasm in different ways; what one can expect his or her first time; the need to talk openly with one's sexual partner; being gay; methods of contraception; the necessity for practicing "safe sex;" pregnancy; abortion; and sexually transmitted diseases. Stoppard's prose is concise and free of jargon. Her presentation is objective and nonjudgemental. The information is thoughtfully arranged and attractively laid out. Major points are highlighted in boxes and sidebars. There are also plenty of diagrams to complement the text. Also very complementary are Artz's color illustrations. Although the drawings do have a cartoonish quality, they do not condescend to the reader or trivialize the information. The book's attractive presentation will appeal to young adults and is reminiscent of It's Perfectly Normal (Candlewick, 1994), written by Robie Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley. Unfortunately, Sex Ed lacks the depth and humor of that book, but it should appeal to a slightly older audience. There is a good subject index and a directory of organizations readers can consult for more information. One thing I find troubling about Sex Ed is that Stoppard never discusses sexual abstinence at any great length. Although she does briefly discuss lovemaking alternatives, Stoppard does not stress strongly enough the virtues of those options. On the other hand, she does do a much more thorough job discussing contraception, going so far as to compare and contrast the effectiveness of five methods. She also offers explicit verbal and visual instructions on how to use a condom. Stoppard's tone also tends to be a bit too earnest. I would not go so far as to say Stoppard is didactic, but there is a tendency to be somewhat heavy-handed. Despite its shortcomings, Sex Ed is still a worthwhile purchase for collections. Readers will get the accurate information they want and need in a format that will appeal to their sensibilities. Illus. Index. Appendix. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr. 7& Up... In a refreshingly honest and respectful way, Stoppard presents facts about sex within the context of relationships. She doesn't tell young adults what to do and is skillful at maintaining a caring and egalitarian tone. Masturbation, contraception, homosexuality, orgasm, safe sex, STDs, and pregnancy are all given fair treatment. Unlike most books on the subject, issues of friendship and personal values are embedded in the discussion. Readers are repeatedly encouraged to seek out parents, older siblings, and friends to discuss personal issues and experiences and to solve problems. The organization and layout are especially strong. Most topics fit on a two-page spread. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are accurate and appealing. The people depicted are from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and include physically challenged teens as well. The list of organizations to contact for further help contains excellent resources, many of which have 800 numbers. The table of contents and index work together to make all topics easy to find. This book has great reader appeal.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789417510
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1997
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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