What's the Big Secret?: Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys

What's the Big Secret?: Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys


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What's the Big Secret?: Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys by Laurie Krasny Brown, Marc Brown

Simple, straightforward, and age-appropriate answers to kids' most common questions about sex, the human body, reproduction, and development.

Are boys and girls different on the inside? How do you tell girls and boys apart? Do girls and boys have the same feelings? Is sex a dirty word? Where do babies come from? What does being pregnant mean? How do you get a belly button? Tell me about when I was a baby...

With characteristic sensitivity and humor, the talented team who created Dinosaurs Divorce and When Dinosaurs Die presents helpful basic information, including answers to tough questions for preschoolers, early elementary students, and their teachers and caregivers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316101837
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 93,404
Product dimensions: 10.84(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Laurie Krasny Brown is an author, educator, and parent committed to providing answers to the questions children have. She has written many books, including the popular Dino Tales: Life Guides for Families series, illustrated by her husband, Marc Brown.

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and co-developer of the children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series, featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children. Marc Brown lives with his family in Tisbury, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard.

Table of Contents

How Do Boys and Girls Differ?4
Bodies: A Little Anatomy Lesson
Using the Toilet
More About Girls' and Boys' Bodies13
Being Touched
Why Boys and Girls Differ A Little Lesson in Reproduction20
Starting a Baby
Growing a Baby
Awaiting a Baby
Having a Birth Day! (or Belly Button Day!)28
What Now?30

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What's the Big Secret? 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in hopes that I could begin discussion with my curious 8 year old son. The book at a whole was informative and well written. The only area I had concern about was when it talked about conception. It used the word intercourse and that was more of a word than I wanted to introduce at this time. The other book I used had a more "Mom and dad make a choice to have a child" without using the word intercourse. I did not think he was in need to that sex talk yet but rather was looking for a biology explanation of sperm and egg. I plan on holding onto it and waiting a year or so to bring it out for discussion. I was just not ready for some of it vocabulary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a single mother of a young boy without a male role model, I was nervous about approaching this subject. I read the book myself first, so I would be prepared for any questions; or so I hoped. We read the book together the first time. Now I find my son reading it to himself occasionally, always followed by another question. I would recommend this book to any and every one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Registered Nurse and Mom to wo very curious boys, ages 7 and 9. This book was a great starting point to our conversatiopn about the birds and bees and everything in between.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this for my 5 year old. We've read it several times and I've even caught him correcting his 2 year old brother on the facts of life. The book makes a complicated topic easy for youngsters to understand. A great tool for starting sex dialog early.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was Good until I got to the page about masturbation. I wish that part was left out of the book. The rest of it was good and not too embarassing for either parent or child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Told every in a mater of fact way that kids would understand. Not too graphic either. Very well done, of all the books I checked out, this one was the best.
lbaker More than 1 year ago
It was ok until it started talking about masturbation. I really don't think that's something you need to explain to a child. I skipped that page
mrsschoch More than 1 year ago
this book was very helpful in a starting conversation with my two kids on sex and their bodies. I wanted to be the voice they were listening to about sex, not classmates or friends. Keeping the conversation open is key. I would recommend this to anyone of my friends with children. I will also say that it is equally great for both boys and girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I also thought this book was just right for starting the conversation with our 9-year-old son. It is written just as well and appropriately for girls. It does explain what intercourse is, but very matter of factly. There are so many pictures and other graphics that your child may not even read/notice that part until later, or unless you bring it up in a follow up discussion. I was not bothered by the paragraph on masturbation because it leads naturally into a discussion of inappropriate touching by other people, which is important. We got the book from our church library, so I knew it would be good (liberal church, mind you). Thanks so much to the authors for doing such a great job with such a delicate topic. It's so important to communicate this correctly to your young children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
is it for boys or girls? i really need 2 know.ps if you want a gf, type your number!or email!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Just the right amount of information for your initial conversation on this subject. Thank you so much Marc and Laurie Brown. This book made what for some is a stress filled subject very easy to explore with both my 7 1/2 and 10 year old!