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It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  743 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
With honesty, accuracy, humor, and warmth, IT'S SO AMAZING offers children the real information they need—now more than ever.

How does a baby begin? What makes a baby female or male? Why are some babies twins? How is a baby adopted? Children sure have lots of questions about reproduction and babies—and about sex and sexuality too.

IT'S SO AMAZING! provides the fascinating an
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 3rd 1999 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Apr 23, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Julie by: Amy Lang
Shelves: roz-faves
My six year old daughter loves this book so much that she woke me up at 7 am this morning for more. This is a positive sign after last night, when as we read the two page spread on the penis, she stopped me half way though the text and asked if we could stop. I asked if she wanted to stop reading the book, but she only wanted to turn the page. When I asked why, she said it was making her feel weird, like she was trying to keep from going to the bathroom. How very specific! I told her she put it ...more
Dlmoore83 Moore
Feb 01, 2011 Dlmoore83 Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
so, 8 year old boy in the house and it was time....and good timing. i've always loved this book. he found it incredibly interesting AND amazing! now, he looks at all things squiggly and sees sperm.

he loved all of it. at the genetics/DNA section, he turned to me and said "So, did i get my Barack Obama ears from you?" Quickly I pulled my hair back and said "no! definitely your dad's side of the family! Wait'll i show you your dad's elementary school pictures!"

he's a kid who memorizes facts. One ni
Aug 13, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We recently gave this book to our 9 year old son (after previewing a copy ourselves, from the library). Its partial comic book style is perfect for him - keeps things somewhat light, approachable, not intimidating...while still being very thorough and informative. He really enjoyed thumbing through it and then reading more about topics that interested him. We debated about whether to read it to him, or read it all together, but in the end decided to give it to him to read on his own. (He's alrea ...more
I've been discussing sex with my 4 and 6 year old boys a lot lately and thought some visuals might be helpful, so I picked this up from the library. For the most part it's tasteful and full of good, detailed information. Still, it's nothing I hadn't already told them.

My biggest problem with the book is that a lot of the drawings are too silly and unrealistic. The egg and sperm have faces and the egg is shown bouncing down the fallopian tube like it's a water slide. Instead of helping my children
Mar 13, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a companion book to It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends. I read that book to my six-year-old, and had my nine-year-old read it as I sat next to her. I then had her read this one.

Everything I liked about the first one goes for this as well: it's just the right level (7 and up) and it's basically the first book but with an added level of detail. For example, in the first book, there's an illustration that shows an age progression for bo
Frieda Vizel
Mar 04, 2014 Frieda Vizel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most incredible book on all things related to the subject of the "birds and the bees". The book is presented as the funny cartoon conversation between a curious bird and a grumpy, easily grossed-out bee. Together they investigate where babies come from, sex, the maturing body, types of love (family vs sexual, etc). The book covers everything my son asked about in a very accessible way, in a way that celebrates the child's curiosity. My son was fascinated by the process of fertilization and s ...more
Apr 27, 2009 C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, parenting
Best children's book about the birds and the bees--where babies come from. Simply excellent. Nice, not corny, illustrations of people of all sizes, shapes, and colors, and with all kinds of families.
Nov 14, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Great vehicle for opening discussion regarding puberty, where babies come from, birth, sex and other topics. Promotes dialogue in a safe manner. The cartoon birds and bees voice the questions, reactions to what many children may be thinking. Uses appropriate terminology and simple descriptors in the context of love and is easy to understand. My child gives this a 2 star because in her words it is "weird and disturbing". Makes me feel as though I was 100% on target. We have openly discussed terms ...more
What I liked:
1) Easy for kids to understand.

2) The bird and the bee help keep things light and comfortable. They help guide adults in terms of approaching this topic with kids, and they help keep kids engaged.

3) This book is thorough. You have something specific that needs to be addressed, this book will probably cover it.

4) It was non-judgemental, acknowledged diversity, and did not pretend that human sexuality and reproduction only means natural reproduction and childbirth, and that human fami
Sep 06, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, children
So I decided to read this book after reading her other book "It's Perfectly Normal" for teenagers. I'm curious if this book has been banned as much as the other one based on the content and also how they explain things to younger children. I really like this book, better than "It's Perfectly Normal." I like all the little cartoons that they use to explain the chapters, with our friends the excited Bird & squeamish Bee. She really simplified it for this book, though she still skims the surfac ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for the recommendations. This has been a life saver helping answer questions and explain the details. The library has several copies thankfully, bc we have had it for several weeks now. There is a lot she is curious about!
Ben Stoker
May 03, 2016 Ben Stoker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
The content of this book is way more mature than a 7 year old needs. 30+ illustrations of nude people ranging for infants to elderly as well as numerous illustrations of sexual organs. The writing is definitely written for children, but a lot of the information (especially in the first half) is much more mature than a 7 year old needs. Because of this, it's too immaturely written to be a valuable source of information for older readers, but too mature in it's content for younger readers. If this ...more
Laurie Neighbors
Aug 16, 2007 Laurie Neighbors rated it it was amazing
In honor of the other Anna being here, I'm going to kick down my favorite kids books.

This book rocks! It's got drawings of lesbians canoodling, is racially inclusive, talks about all manner of ways of becoming a family, and has some nice intro SDI talk.

My kids were obsessed with this book for years. And I can see why. It's wry and ironic and corny! Great for read-out-loud time before dinner! And did I mention -- lesbians canoodling!
Nov 15, 2015 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive and matter-of-fact, this book demystifies, informs, and brings awareness about things that are on kids' minds anyway--babies, sex, sexuality, and the many aspects of life that accompany all this stuff. I wish the authors had been more careful not to conflate "sex" and "gender"; the gender binary is in full effect here. But many other aspects of sexual norms-- heteronormativity and biological families--are gently broken apart: the author and illustrator carefully show and tell varie ...more
May 07, 2012 Tyra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this with Roo. She's fascinated and really enjoyed it. The book sticks to the facts with enough detail to be useful, but not so much detail that one might be offended. It does mention things like miscarriage and abortion without value judgement, which I thought appropriate. Good for the kids to know what the words really mean so you can talk about it, and their peers can misinform them.
Oct 03, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This book is great. I finally got the guts to discuss this right of passage topic with my two children ages 10 and 8. A friend recommended the book "it's not the stork" by the same author but, that is for a little younger age group. This book was perfect. The book is presented in child friendly format however, the information is detailed and thorough. Both kids started looking at the book on their own as soon as I brought it home and after a few minutes I sat down with them and read it from the ...more
My six year old has read this book over and over. It's brought up the opportunity to discuss many things talked about in the book, which is great.

I love the illustrations (drawings). The book keeps everything fairly light but they do go into things in-depth as well as having a wide range of topics, even talking about homosexuality, circumcision, adoption, artificial insemination, abortion, HIV/AIDS, multiple births, and chromosomes.

Another big plus for this book: The people and situations featur
Katherine Willis Pershey
There were a few things that I wish had been different. I'm very grateful for the way the biological information was shared, and glad for the frank, nonjudgmental way that the concept of homosexuality was brought up. Disappointed that there was no mention of marriage at all. And, though I can't expect a secular book on sexuality to speak to my theological convictions, I missed the spiritual grounding that is present in the books that are rooted in the Christian faith (though for different reason ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 3y, 2014
I can't really comment on the rest of this book, which was well above my son's level, but for the part I needed, it was spot on.

You see, our 3 year old recently got the whole "babies grow in mommies" concept, and was very, very concerned with how they got out. I gave him the real answers in kid terms, but he kept asking so my explanations were clearly not cutting it. I checked out this book because it features a nice side shot of a baby in a mother's stomach, and then being born from the side cu
Beth A.
Jun 22, 2015 Beth A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This is a good resource for talking to your kids about sex while they're young, which I believe is very important. It's very matter of fact, and fairly detailed for the age it is geared for.

The illustrations are perfect. Very clear and just the right amount of detail.

The Bird and Bee cartoon characters were somewhat repetitive and annoying. I guess they are supposed to lighten the mood and legitimize different feelings, but I think we could have done without them.

I do recommend you read this bef
Franklyn Kornn
Apr 25, 2015 Franklyn Kornn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lssl-3361
This book is about reproduction and babies. Children have plenty of questions about reproduction and babies — and about sex and sexuality, too. It's So Amazing! provides the answers — with fun, accurate, comic-book-style artwork and a clear, lively text that reflects elementary-school children's interest in how things work, while giving them a healthy understanding of their bodies. I liked the way this book was laid out and that it is written with an eye towards the younger crowd. This book woul ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I checked this one out for my 9 year old who keeps asking questions - I would believe for this book to be appropriate for children ages 11 and up - it gives pretty detailed info - I think if you wanted to read it with your younger child and have a questions session you probably could depending on your child's maturity level... you can best judge your child's ability for this book - in no way would I recommend this to a parent to just give to their child to read - you as a parent must read it fir ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s So Amazing is a nonfiction book about reproduction and babies and other related topics that are difficult for parents to talk to their children about. The book is organized in a way that allows the reader to pick and choose the sections that he or she would like to read with the child. Children may not be emotionally ready for some of the topics and the parent may wish to wait until the child is older to read these sections with him or her. The book has a table of contents that lists twenty ...more
Jul 02, 2010 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ls560
It’s So Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Michael Emberley has a table of contents that reveal the topics for the chapters ranging from simple-to-complex. The book proceeds in a logical manner by introducing the narrators of the book: a bird and a bee. Each narrator mirrors the attitude a young person might have toward this subject: curiosity and embarrassment/no interest.
This book introduces the proper terms for di
Jul 11, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents and growing children
Recommended to Sarah by: my parents
On my 9th birthday, my parents took me into their room and gave me this book. They didn't say much. They just told me to read it. I did, and I loved the pictures and learning the book's lessons. And that was that. Through the years, I look over it again from time to time. I show it to my friends when they come to my house. We smile, laugh, and sometimes bond over it if they were given this book. I had a very positive experience with this book, and would definitely recommend it.
Nov 12, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to have on hand when it's time to talk to your elementary school aged children about sex and sexuality. The illustrations support the easy-to-digest chunks of text without being so graphic that they put-off more sensitive children. Overall, a great resource. For more tips on talking to your children about sex, see:
Mar 13, 2015 Aphie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bought this as a companion to "where did I come from?" and "What's happening to me?"
Covers a little more - same-sex relationships and caesareans most notably. But both of these have tiny mentions, and miss out an awful lot, IMO; as a slice and dice baby arrival and with a son who got here the same way, I'd like more than a single page devoted to it, amongst the pages and pages on natural, and the mention of same-sex relationships uses the word "gay" only (which these days has been almost entirel
Melissa Smith
Apr 22, 2015 Melissa Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lssl3361
This book talks about our human bodies. It is about babies and how they are formed, where they come from, etc. I like this book because it is in a comic form for the young minds that are curious and asking so many questions. This can be used for a health lesson especially for the younger kids that aren’t really ready for this education but their wondering minds want to know.
Brianna Lanier
This book talks about everything kids should/want to know about eggs, birth, babies, families, and much more.
I liked the funny illustrations that went with the facts in the book. It allows kids to laugh it out instead of staying embarrassed the whole time.
Activity: I would have students draw a picture or diagram that displays what they learned the most about.
Christy Halter
Mar 02, 2015 Christy Halter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lssl_3661
This book is about where babies come from and all the fun stuff that goes along with teaching curious young minds about their body parts and such.

I really enjoyed this book because not only did it have accurate information, it also had little cartoons next to each of the facts to provide some comic relief to this somewhat uncomfortable topic to discuss with children.

Well, I don't think it would be appropriate for me to read this book to elementary students. Unless maybe I had written consent fro
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Robie H. Harris has written many award-winning books for children of all ages, including the definitive Family Library about sexuality: IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL, IT'S SO AMAZING!, and IT'S NOT THE STORK! She lives in Massachusetts.
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