Never before have the facts of life been presented in such an accessible—or novel—way. Our hero is Willy, a little sperm who lives inside Mr. Browne with 300 million friends. Every day Willy practices for the Great Swimming Race. And when the day arrives, he swims faster than his 300 million friends to win the prize—a marvelous egg. Then something wonderful happens, and eventually Mr. and Mrs. Browne have a baby girl who has the same winning smile as Willy and who grows up to be a great swimmer.
Hilariously funny, warm, and endearing, this is a picture book that appeals on different levels to both children and grown-ups.
“Fresh, original, and imaginative. . . . Allan’s achievement is in couching fascinating facts within the construct of a gentle, direct narrative. A little knowledge is a wonderful thing, and as the rest of the facts of life fall into place, Allan’s readers will look back on this book with a mixture of fondness and wry amusement.” —The Guardian (UK)
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Sold by:||Random House|
|File size:||8 MB|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
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While this may not be the best book for young children, it is extremely funny for adults. I've given it as a gift to two pregnant couples, as well as my OBGYN.
Where Willy Went is a great book for opening dialogue between parents and children about sex and reproduction. It is neither too cutesy nor too graphic. It simply tells the story of conception from the point of view of a single sperm, Willy. However, it puts Willy in real life situations that enable a child to relate to him (i.e. In school, he's no good at math, but is a really good swimmer). The book is factual, yet entertaining. I read it to my 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter and found it was a perfect, gentle way to begin our first big discussion about the 'birds and bees'. I have recommended it too many times to count. It is in picture book format, so I would recommend it for parents with children who are not yet teenagers. If your child has started asking questions about exactly how he/she got here, it's just the book for you.
I laughed my a<_>ss off!! (^_^)
This is an interesting and relatively well-illustrated book for young children. Children ages 4-8 don't usually ask deep questions, nor need deep, detailed answers. We as adults need to be careful not to inundate these youngsters with too much information regarding reproduction. Let us be careful not to judge books for young children on what we think is enough or not enough information about sensitive subjects. Let the children ask their own questions in their own time and give them just enough information to satisfy them for the moment. As they mature, they will desire, and be able to absorb, more information. This book does a pretty good job at introducing the basics of human reproduction.