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Boys, Girls & Body Science: A First Book About Facts of Life [Hardcover]

Meg Hickling , Kim La Fave
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Oct. 1 2002
With humour and sensitivity, Boys, Girls & Body Science provides no-nonsense answers for children - and parents - with questions about sex. Specifically designed for young readers, Boys, Girls & Body Science walks children through the wonders of their bodies in a direct, easy-to-read manner. The story begins with Nicholas, 7, and Jenny, 5, learning about different types of science in their class - from ecology to the digestive system. Then Meg Hickling, a guest speaker, comes to talk to them about a new type of science. Hickling talks about the "science names" for the children's body parts, about good and bad touches and about making babies. She coaches the children not to be embarrassed or shy about body science: "We are going to make this just like a science lesson, we will learn to think like a scientist and we will learn the scientific names for our private parts," she says.

Hickling is a Registered Nurse who has been teaching sexual education for over 25 years. She is an outstanding educator, and her ability to convey difficult material with sensitivity, gentle humour and warmth distinguishes her as a remarkable teacher and role model. In this latest publication, Hickling brings her award-winning lesson into the homes, schools and libraries of inquisitive children everywhere!

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". . . this book is an excellent resource that will make life easier for parents struggling to find the words to explain reproduction and sex to their children."
-Miriam Kaufman, Quill & Quire (Quill & Quire)


"Hickling is magnificent with children."
- Donna Sinclair, The United Church Observer

"Her impact...has been enormous and visionary...one of the best educators I have ever seen."
- Ian Haysom, The Vancouver Sun

"It is not easy to talk about sex. Meg is truly a master at this."
- Chris Simmons-Physick, Supervisor, Toronto Kids Help Phone (Previous Praise for Meg Hickling)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A scientific aproach to the cycle of life July 5 2009
I bought this book based on reviews and boy am I glad I did! When I explained to my daughter that I have a book on BODY SCIENCE, the reception I got was much different if I had said otherwise.

The book starts off in a classroom where the nurse comes in to discussing biological changes in puberty to both sexes, and the kids responding like kids would (even saying "YUCK!" which is what my child said as well when I was reading it to her).

I highly recommend this book for 6-9 year olds who have questions about "whats this?". It is a discussion starter on its basic level.

For girls only: I'd also recommend "The Care and Keeping of You" which discusses how & why to wash, what changes will be happening soon during puberty, how to size & select a bra, etc. A little more fluffy than Body Science, but I believe they complement each other.

The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By PoCo
My kids (6-year-old girl & 7-year-old boy) have recently been asking questions about sex and their bodies. They have also been making a bunch of body-part comments. So I thought it was time to answer their questions but I wasn't sure what I should tell them. I chose this book because it was rated for their age group on the Amazon.com website.

I am very happy with the book. It does a really good job of presenting the material in an honest and clininical manner yet still manages to stay interesting to kids.

I believe it made my "talk" with the kids so much easier. I actually have seen the kids leaf through the book on their own at times too so I know it caught their attention/interest.

I highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars body science rocks! March 9 2010
By Momma D
I think that as a parent, "body science" is a great book to have around for those questions that you may not have the words for. also, my kids wanted to look at iot. the pictures were intriguing and the text simple.
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Great book about our bodies and how babies are created. Information is delivered in a way that is accurate and easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boys, Girls & Body Science Oct. 30 2013
My 7 year old grandson said it is the best book he has ever read. When his mom asked him if he wanted to ask any questions he replied, "no, everything is covered in the book".
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