IT’S NOT THE STORK! by Robie H. Harris

IT’S NOT THE STORK!

A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families, and Friends
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

Harris and Emberley’s trademark bird and bee return to help harried parents explain to their preschoolers and early elementary-aged children just exactly where babies come from. Opening with a dialogue that features a number of myths about procreation, the narrative then delivers what readers of It’s So Amazing! (1999) and It’s Perfectly Normal (1994) have come to expect: frank, age-appropriate discussions of topics that can send the unprepared parent screaming from the room. From the differences and similarities between boys and girls, to a preview of puberty, to conception, pregnancy and birth, Harris’s reassuring text and Emberley’s cheerfully lumpy cartoons hold the reader’s hand through question after question. Concluding chapters explore physical and emotional boundaries, “okay touches” and “not okay touches,” and the many different permutations of the modern family unit. Far too long for a bedtime read-aloud, this volume is well-suited for browsing, reference and independent examination. Although it is primarily aimed at young readers, the clarity and candor of the presentation will ensure its usefulness to older elementary children with limited reading skills. A happy addition to the Harris-Emberley family. (Nonfiction. 4-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7636-0047-4
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2006




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