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The Bare Naked Book [Special Edition] [Library Binding]

Kathy Stinson , Heather Collins
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Book Description

Sept. 12 2006

The return of a treasured favorite about our bodies.

There is nothing more ordinary -- or more special -- than the human body. After all, everybody has one, and for all the parts that are the same each comes in a different shape and size. The Bare Naked Book joyfully celebrates this wonderful ordinariness with a matter-of-fact introduction for toddlers to the parts of the body.

From hair (dripping, straight, curly, tangled) to toes (stamping, ticklish, skinny, squishy) and the private bits in between, Kathy Stinson's playfully simple prose identifies the parts of the body at rest and in motion. Meanwhile, the friendly realism of Heather Collins' illustrations offers a variety of body types in familiar environments, from the bathroom to the beach.

Twenty years old and still going strong, The Bare Naked Book remains a favorite family introduction to the vocabulary of the body. We're proud to unveil this redesigned edition on this special anniversary.


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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.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book, nice message May 5 2000
Format:Paperback
I like this book!
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing Nov. 28 2002
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Format:Paperback
When I sat down with my son to read this book I was prepared to read about body parts including the "private" ones. It was a real treat to see these parts on a wide variety on bodies. After I read it I sat and thought about how much it really means to share a book like this with my son. For him to see moms with thick tummies and dads with double chins. How unique the characters' facial features and body types were. Slowly it began to occur to me that something was not quite right. Everyone in this book is white.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book May 30 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after hearing about it from friends and it certainly lives up to the praise. Both my kids love it and it's very matter of fact about our bodies and how we are different and the same.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected... but not. Dec 5 2013
By Chandra
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I get where they're going with this, I just thought it was a little much. I agree with teaching proper names for all the parts and have exercised that with my two year old, which is why I bought the book, but when it's right there in front of you I just found it to be more difficult and therefore we haven't read it to him. In defence of the book, it's exactly as it promises to be, but if you're on the fence about how you want to go about these conversations with your kids I would probably not recommend.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something is missing Nov. 28 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I sat down with my son to read this book I was prepared to read about body parts including the "private" ones. It was a real treat to see these parts on a wide variety on bodies. After I read it I sat and thought about how much it really means to share a book like this with my son. For him to see moms with thick tummies and dads with double chins. How unique the characters' facial features and body types were. Slowly it began to occur to me that something was not quite right. Everyone in this book is white.
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book May 30 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after hearing about it from friends and it certainly lives up to the praise. Both my kids love it and it's very matter of fact about our bodies and how we are different and the same.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the curious little mind... Sept. 15 2008
By J. Moran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was purchased for a 26 month old girl who was very curious about the opposite sex and their parts. It was just the right thing! Not too much detail as with other books about our bodies . It simply goes over the various parts of the body in a matter of fact way that is both sweet and light. Many of the books I looked at were too detailed or sophisticated for her.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly sweet Dec 20 2007
By La Gialla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Lovely little vignettes of real people doing everyday things with their bodies (blowing their nose, making a funny face, taking a bath, slurping spaghetti, nursing a baby). When I say "real," I mean their houses are messy, their hairstyles are lame, and the kids are jumping naked on the bed. Personally I find it refreshing and my toddler loves it too.

I agree with the other reviewer that it would have been nice to have a greater range of ethnicities depicted, but I disagree that everyone in the book is caucasian (maybe my 2006 edition was revised...?).
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Jan. 29 2014
By Jennilyn Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure my son would like this, because the illustrations are very vintage, but he loves it. We read it all the time. It is very tastefully done. Fun to read aloud. And helps my son, who is 2 1/2 and asking a lot of questions about boys and girls.
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