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It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends [Hardcover]

Robie H. Harris , Michael Emberley
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July 25 2006 The Family Library
From the expert team behind IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL and IT'S SO AMAZING! comes a book for younger children about their bodies — a resource that parents, teachers, librarians, health care providers, and clergy can use with ease and confidence.

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.

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It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends + It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families + It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3–Harris opens by introducing two cartoon characters–a green-feathered bird clad in a purple shirt and blue high-top sneakers and his spike-haired friend, a bee. They wonder, So where DO babies come from? Their conversational commentary, given in word balloons, is a lighthearted supplement to a more focused narrative. Told in the second person, the text is straightforward, informative, and personable. Facts are presented step-by-step, starting from the similarities and differences between boys and girls bodies, moving to a babys conception, growth in the womb, and birth, ending with an exploration of different configurations of families as well as a section on okay versus not okay touches. The book is logically organized into 23 double-page sections. Friendly and relaxed cartoons, either interspersed with the text or appearing in comic-strip form, are integral to the titles success in imparting the material. The labeled drawings show both the outside and the inside parts of the body. As the bee and bird say to one another, Knowing the names of ALL the parts of your body is–PERFECTLY NORMAL! Overall, this book will be accessible to its intended audience, comforting in its clarity and directness, and useful to a wide range of readers.–Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 3. Harris and Emberley's It's Perfectly Normal (1994) and It's So Amazing (1999), sex-ed books for pubescent and prepubescent readers, respectively, are among today's most frequently challenged titles. Their newest targets kids closer to potty training than puberty, but like its predecessors, it will undoubtedly raise as many hackles as it attracts words of praise. Some controversial elements in the previous books have been toned down or left out here; there are no images of unclothed adults or references to masturbation, abortion, and birth control. But what remains will still widen many eyes: pictures of nude children with body parts exhaustively labeled; text about the "kind of loving [that] happens when . . . the man's penis goes inside the woman's vagina" that candidly expresses what the accompanying under-the-blankets visual leaves to the imagination. Emberley's affectionate, mood-lightening cartoons keep things approachable, while Harris' respectful writing targets children's natural curiosity without cloaking matters in obfuscating language. Based on its length and detail, the book's advertised intent to reach children as young as four seems optimistic. All the same, this will smoothly adapt to the needs of individual families, who will want to choose among the three options based less on assigned age ranges than on personal comfort levels with the topics addressed. For another forthright but less-comprehensive book, suggest Dori Hillestad Butler's My Mom's Having a Baby! (2005). Jennifer Mattson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 5 2014
By Dayla B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic for helping kids to learn about sex and sexuality. I highly recommend it. You can select certain sections if you like, depending on your child's age. Very well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of It's Not the Stork! July 7 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great for my 6 year old but skipped the part about how the sperm gets to the egg! A bit too graphic for him. Would not recommend for age 4!
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By David C
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We all dread having the conversation - or at least we did. This book really helps provide a complete picture of how babies are born to children as well as the similarities and differences between the sexes. I've used it with both my son and daughter and they both enjoyed the pictures and the explanations. Both children were entertained and enlightened. Both parents were relieved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very simple, yet informative March 18 2011
By Daisy
Format:Hardcover
My 4 year old kids and myself love this book. They love learning about their bodies. This book explains things in a way kids can understand. Great illustrations! They have learned so much from this book. It talks about boys and girls body parts. Great book!!
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126 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So pleased that I picked this one! Nov. 7 2007
By E. Szymanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When my kids started asking reproduction and anatomy questions, I checked out and read the reviews of every book on the subject I could find. I'm an RN, so it was important to me that it was accurate as well as engaging for my kids. I am so glad I picked this one. My children were 4 and 6 when we bought this book, and they absolutely loved it from the first reading. So did I. It has all the information I was hoping for and it is presented so appropriately for the age. Nothing is scary or more detailed than necessary. The illustrations are bright and fun and keep the kids engaged. The book is set up in such a way that is easy to navigate - that is, you can read it from beginning to end, and it flows appropriately - starting with body parts and boy/girl differences, reproduction in the middle, and a small section at the end about good and bad touches. You can also easily jump to the section that you or your child prefers without taking away from the book. For example, my daughter is fascinated by the cartoon showing the sperm swimming to the egg and we often just start there.

As a parent of young children and as an RN, I recommend this book to all parents
170 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Book for Toddlers July 30 2006
By Eve Granger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Many people think that this book, and the topic of sex and sexuality, should be avoided until the child asks about it. They hope such questions will arise around puberty. YOU SHOULD TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEX AND THEIR BODIES WHEN THEY'RE OLD ENOUGH TO WALK AND INTERACT WITH OTHER HUMANS. Why? Because if you wait until puberty to talk about "parts" and "making love", kissing, etc., you're leaving thirteen years during which your child can and --10%+ for young boys and 20%+ for young girls--will get sexually abused by somebody who takes advantage of the fact that they don't know any better.

This book is a blessing. In a not-too-graphic fashion, it depicts the differences between boys and girls, differences between men and women, and pregnancy. If you are uncomfortable teaching your toddler about sex, at the very least teach him/her the differences between boys and girls, and what is and isn't appropriate touching. As this book has nice cartoony but anatomically correct pictures of a naked boy and a naked girl, a parent can use it with a child of any age to *at least* show where is appropriate touching for which sex without frightening the child. I would recommend holding off the actual sex part of the book until the child is around nine or ten, but please parents, you must be comfortable teaching your child about his or her own body and what is appropriate touching from anybody to your child and from your child to anybody else.

With regards to content, the book uses simple text and real words. For example, "penis" and "vagina". I think parents ought to use these words with their children and teach them when it is appropriate to use them. For parents afraid that using such real language will land them in embarrassing situations, note that your children won't yell out curse words or anatomy words unless you pay attention to them when they do it.

With regards to the book's pictures, they are pretty cartoonish but anatomically correct. There is a picture of mom & dad having sex, but nothing that would be considered pornagraphic in any way. The picture of mom giving birth is more comical than anything else, not graphic at all.

Buy the book, share the anatomy part with your toddler, share the sex part with your prepubescent child, share the birth part with your twelve- or thirteen-year-old, but don't wait for your child to discover their sexuality at the hands of a "friend"-of-the-family (70%+ of child molestations) or the television (most people in my generation).
62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much going on........ Jan. 6 2010
By Linda B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was not offended by anything in this book, but I felt that the basic information I want to convey to our kids got lost. There are too many subtopics, the illustrations overwhelm the text (and at some points are a bit too descriptive), the speech balloons are distracting.....the book goes in so many different directions. I would rather cover each area with a separate book and a separate discussion. For someone who is looking for a very basic, no frills, no confusion book about the essentials of human reproduction and nothing else, I recommend Before You Were a Baby by Paul Showers and Kay Sperry Showers. It's out of print but can be purchased used.
51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good as a first exposure for Toddlers Jan. 30 2007
By S. Bourget - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this because my five year old girl started asking "Where do babies come from?" The book is honest without being graphic and the pictures are not shocking. She liked the little cartoons and the simplified diagrahams. Besides just teaching the very basics about sex and where do babies come from, it also helped open the door to the conversation about good touches and bad touches. Who is allowed to touch you and what to do if someone touches you that shouldn't be.

My daughter really liked the book and didn't find it overwhelming. However, before someone buys this book, or any other book like this for their toddle, I would definitely suggest looking around at a lot of books on this topic.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect first book about bodies, babies and more Dec 14 2006
By K. Kellogg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently checked this book out from our local library and I thought it was so great that I came here to purchase it. My son is almost 6 and knows most of what is in this book already, but it is presented in such an entertaining, yet accurate, fashion that he's enjoyed reading further on the subjects presented and I would like to have our own copy both for him and the child I am expecting.

I do not believe there is anything in this book that is inappropriate for children over 4 (it says right on the cover that it is for age 4 and up). Even the section on sex is very mild and makes a clear point of telling children why they are not ready to take part in the act themselves. I have always been candid with my son when it comes to any of the subjects in the book as I feel that the sooner they learn, the less taboo the matter is and the more likely they are to make good choices in the future.

Parts of the book are amusing little comic strips, something I think that children will enjoy breaking up the monotony of the more structured sections, but all of the pages have some little jokes or comments by bird and bee characters to keep the attention of young children while still staying on subject.

While it is very cute, I've found that it is more informative than most books I have checked out on the various topics. It teaches about the differences between boys and girls, growing up, reproduction and fetal development, okay touches vs. not okay touches, friendships and more.

A truly excellent resource presented in a manner that kids will actually enjoy!
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