Who Has What?: All About Girls' Bodies and Boys' Bodies

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The trusted, New York Times best-selling author of It's Perfectly Normal presents a charming and reassuring picture book series for preschoolers.

Young children are curious about almost everything. Asking questions is one of many ways they learn about themselves and the world around them. Now, this unique series for our youngest children provides easy-to-understand facts and answers to their delightful, thoughtful, and often nonstop questions. Launching the series is WHO HAS ...

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Overview

The trusted, New York Times best-selling author of It's Perfectly Normal presents a charming and reassuring picture book series for preschoolers.

Young children are curious about almost everything. Asking questions is one of many ways they learn about themselves and the world around them. Now, this unique series for our youngest children provides easy-to-understand facts and answers to their delightful, thoughtful, and often nonstop questions. Launching the series is WHO HAS WHAT?, a simple story following Nellie and Gus on a family outing to the beach. Humorous illustrations, conversations between the siblings, and a clear text all reassure young kids that whether they have a girl's body or a boy's, their bodies are perfectly normal, healthy, and wonderful. Authoring the series is Robie H. Harris, whose nonfiction books are known as the source for addressing kids' questions about themselves, their families, and their friends. Nadine Bernard Westcott's accurate and entertaining illustrations offer an inviting way for children to discover straightforward, fascinating information about themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harris, the guardian angel of parents facing their school-age child's questions about sex, tackles the preschool set in this first book in the Let's Talk About You and Me series. Readers follow Gus and his older sister, Nellie, on a family trip to the beach; the relaxed environment enables Westcott to riff on the central theme that "Everybody everywhere has a body!" and to show Gus and Nellie's anatomy (including key internal organs) as they change into swimsuits. Harris understands just how much her audience wants and needs to know about sex: adult bodies are out, family dogs are in ("Hey, boy puppies have a penis too," notes Gus). The text is somewhat repetitious, and the dialogue forced and chirpy as Harris delineates everything, body parts and otherwise, that makes boys and girls similar and different ("Boys and girls like to catch frogs, swing high up in the air, ride scooters, and make a lot of noise"). Nonetheless, it's a sunny, useful introduction to anatomy that kicks some gender stereotypes to the curb in the process. Ages 2–6. (Sept.)
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The book serves as a great way to introduce male and female body parts for anyone not used to discussing or naming them.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Harris' tone is cheerful and confident... Westcott's bright digital illustrations keep the affair as breezy and non-shocking as possible -- just as it should be. Expect the usual outcry, as well as the usual demand.
—Booklist (starred review)

This much-needed title stands out for its comfortably familiar presentation of material adults sometime find difficult to share with young children.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
When my children were little my three-year-old daughter told me how you tell boys and girls apart. "How?" I gasped. "Girls have blue eyes and boys have brown eyes," she replied. That was an accurate observation within our family but it needed clarification. This book would have been welcomed way back then as I sorted out her misconception. The book's text is straight forward starting with the concept that everyone has a body with all of the same things: arms, fingers, eyes, and belly buttons. Each of us likes to do things and sometimes they are the same and sometimes they are different. Physical differences are compared to the dogs owned by Gus and Nellie, the main characters in the book. Some of these parts are the same: ears, cheeks, and legs. Even the differences between Gus and Nellie and the dogs are pointed out: paws and tails. It is a book with straight forward, simple facts. Everybody has a body. When Gus and Nellie change into their swimming suits, the gender differences are pointed out. This is the opening where "pee comes out" and "opening to the vagina." Another illustration is where "the poop comes out" for both Nellie and the dog. Gus and his pet dog's external parts are equally illustrated. It is tastefully rendered not graphic. Then we see an X-ray type view of Mom, Nellie, and the dog. This book lives up to everything a parent would want explaining sexual differences. The illustrations are fantastic, colorful, inviting, and happy. There is ethnic variety seamlessly woven into the pictures of the book. This is a book that even your grandma would be all right with. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This is a straightforward presentation, as told through simple exposition and the dialogue of a young girl and boy who are going to the beach for the day. As the youngsters chat with one another about their similarities and differences, readers are greeted with visually appealing cartoonlike drawings that depict an array of people in various family groupings. As the two children change in their separate cabanas, arrows point to and name the parts of their bodies that distinguish them as male or female. A dog (of the same sex as the child) has crept into each child's cabana so its parts are labeled, too. Correct terminology is used, e.g., vagina, scrotum, penis, ovary, uterus, but Harris does not delve into how these body parts function, and she doesn't address the reproductive process. The book serves as a great way to introduce male and female body parts for anyone not used to discussing or naming them. For a more comprehensive look at body parts, reproduction, and birth, check out Harris's It's Not the Stork! (Candlewick, 2006).—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763629311
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Series: Let's Talk about You and Me Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 175,700
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robie H. Harris is the author of the much-acclaimed Family Library series. While working on WHO HAS WHAT? she consulted parents, grandparents, educators, librarians, child development specialists, health professionals, and clergy to make sure that the information and illustrations answer young children's questions about themselves in an appropriate and honest manner. Robie H. Harris lives in Massachusetts.

Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than fifty books, including SUPERMARKET! and UP, DOWN, and AROUND. She lives in Massachusetts.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Highly recommended

    I believe if you want your child to know about the diffrence this is the book for you and your child it leaves nothing out. If you do not want there first body eduction o be graph I do not think this book is for you. I was surpised but believe this book is what I need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    You need this book!

    I never write reviews for anything but this book is terrific! My young child was curious about the opposite gender and the "mystery" of what parts they had. This book is perfect. The candid drawings provided the anatomy lesson needed as my child has no siblings and truly did not know "who has what." The book covers anatomy and body changes and glosses over that adult males become daddies and women can become mommies but the focus is not on where babies come from. This is an excellent resource for young children and super information to lay the ground work for further conversations. Also, the pictures in the story feature many types of families and a ton of diversity. Practically every culture is represented and there is even a nursing mom! Love that!

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