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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (Sept. 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554510503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554510504
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #486,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W.D. Peckenpaugh on 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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By A Customer on Nov. 28 2002
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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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By A Customer on May 30 2002
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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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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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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
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...?).
Great book Jan. 29 2014
By Jennilyn Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
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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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