It's Not the Stork: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends

It's Not the Stork: A Book about Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends


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"In their previous landmark volumes . . . Harris and Emberley established themselves as the purveyors of reader-friendly, straightforward information on human sexuality for readers as young as seven. Here they successfully tackle the big questions . . . for even younger kids." — The Horn Book (starred review)

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.
Back matter includes an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763633318
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Series: The Family Library Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 37,086
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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It's Not the Stork 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bournebrat More than 1 year ago
Read this book last night to our seven year old. We are expecting our second child and were struggling with how to explain what is going on with the pregnancy and where babies come from. He giggled and laughed and asked lots of questions. and we tried to answer as many as we could. One thing that was helpful was explaining how many years it takes a doctor to learn about the human body and letting him know that he couldn't learn it all in one night or from one book. We told him as time goes on we'll explain more and more when he is ready to understand it. We also told him he could read the book on his own whenever he wants and can come and ask us more questions. My husband and I sat down together to read this to him and I think that was really important to my son learning that human sexuality is a normal beautiful part of an ADULT'S life. Made sure to tell him, even at seven, that sex was meant to only be shared with someone very special and that any time a person has sex that a baby could happen and that is why it is for grownups only.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son checked this out of the library and I read the beginning chapters with my 6-year-old grandson. Perfect pitch for his age and sophistication. I'll absolutely be buying the book now because I know we'll want to go back to it several times as he gets a little older and has more questions. We realized it was past time when he mentioned that his baby half-sister (divorced parents) hadn't grown her 'parts' yet and when he said that our dog was trying to 'lay eggs' when we saw him humping the pillow! I especially like the way it includes all kinds of families very matter-of-factly because my own children were adopted and very few 'where do babies come from' ever mentioned that.
my624persona on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ever wondered where babies come from, or why boys and girls look sometimes the same and sometimes different? This charming book, aimed at children age 4 and up, takes kids through these natural, healthy questions with an amazing balance of facts and humor. Robie Harris, author of It's so amazing! And it's perfectly normal!, and illustrator Michael Emberley have created a masterpiece that gives kids age-appropriate information about their bodies (and other people's bodies), sex, having babies, growing up, having friends, adoption, okay and not-okay touching, different kinds of families, and more--all neatly tucked into 56 pages illustrated with rich color. The illustrations capture many times of people and bodies (fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones, short ones, baby ones, teenage ones, post-menopausal ones, ones of lots of different colors and with different kinds of hair), and show them not staring blank-faced through the page, but in action--doing lots of things that people do, like going to the beach or shopping for groceries or making dinner. Harris's writing style is matter-of-fact and to the point, but gentle and comforting and allows for the giggles and squeamishness many kids (and adults) have about their bodies. Harris uses easy-to-understand words and simple definitions for words that pre-school kids may not know yet, making this comprehensive book accessible to young kids, whether they're reading it themselves or having it read to them. Highly recommended for every child who has a body. Includes index.
Bella-Rose More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book to help children understand about our bodies and questions they might have. Pictures aren't graphic but show enough so a child understands. I highly recommend this book.
Always_Evolving More than 1 year ago
We are expecting our 3rd baby and wanted a book that could help us with explanations for our 7 year old daughter and 10 year old son. Our 7 year old didn't want us to stop reading it to her. It prompted excellent discussions, during which my husband and I could articulate our family's specific values. My 10 year old preferred to take the book into his room where he read it in private. I followed up with some questions over the next few days to make sure he read and understood it. I've always talked to my kids about their private parts, using the correct anatomical names, and about appropriate touch, but I regret not talking to my 10 year old about intercourse and how a baby is made sooner. Now I am shopping for the books that the same authors wrote for older children. I'm grateful for the guidance.
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