The Bare Naked Book Hardcover – Special Edition, Mar 1 2006
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From School Library Journal
PreS The shock value of this title is largely undeserved. The book is actually an introduction to the parts of the body for young children. A page or two is devoted to each feature, which is displayed in a number of ways. ``Noses,'' for example, shows runny noses, itchy noses, blowing noses, and advises, ``Don't pick your nose.'' Slightly stiff illustrations show children and adults in everyday situations with accompanying descriptive phrases``Pushing arms,'' ``Yummy toes,'' etc. The organization of the text is somewhat illogical, with shoulders followed by belly buttons and nipples followed by arms. There are relatively few ``bare naked'' bodies, all belonging to babies or small children. Genitals are clearly displayed; a bathtime scene makes a comfortably natural setting. Although the artwork is mediocre, the concept is well done. This approach is a good one for older toddlers and preschoolers who are becoming aware of others' bodies as well as their own; it has the added bonus of descriptive adjectives which are useful for vocabulary building. Sally Kilroy's Babies' Bodies (Four Winds, 1984) is aimed at a younger audience and is less detailed. Lucy Young Clem, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
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The concept is well done. This approach is a good one for older toddlers and preschoolers who are becoming aware of others' bodies as well as their own. (School Library Journal)See all Product Description
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A very simple concept: name the parts of the body, from head to toe, and don't leave out the "forbidden" region between the belly button and the knees.
The illustrations are wonderful, and they portray a wide array of people: old, young, different colors, some in wheelchairs, some "bare naked" (as the title implies). The unstated message is that bodies are wonderful as a whole, and as a sum of their parts.
My only gripe (and it's a small one) is that girls are said to have "vaginas." Since the external genitals are collectively known as the "vulva" (the vagina being an internal organ), it's not exactly accurate -- though this is what a lot of families call girl's external genitals. Oh, well. I guess this is offset by the amusement I got at the very Canadian use of the term "bum" for the buttocks!
Great for all ages!
Normally I do not notice when books have primarily white characters. Our family is caucasion and so we naturally identify with white characters. But when a book like this comes along, and I can see how much the illutrator has made a point of depicting such a wide variety of people, it really feels like something is missing when the characters all have basically light skin.
It is still a very good book, and I highly recommend it.