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

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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...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 3rd 1999 by Candlewick Press
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Julie
Apr 23, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Lisa
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...more
Dlmoore83 Moore
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...more
Monica
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
Frieda Vizel
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
C
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.
Amy
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...more
Rachel
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
Laura
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...more
Laurie Neighbors
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!
Tyra
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.
Misa
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...more
Erin
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...more
Maria
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
Karen
Organization:
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...more
Sarah
Jul 11, 2014 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Dana
Maybe a year or two away on this, but overall pretty good. Super thorough, at times too thorough for my taste, but will satiate any and all questions. Questions I didn't even think would be brought up!
Rachel
My main thought throughout this book was, "What age group is this meant for?" At first glance, you see a bunch of cartoons, so it's for children, right? But you don't find it in the children's section of the library; it's in the adult nonfiction section. At closer inspection, you see the anatomically correct diagrams and in-depth descriptions. Toward the back of the book, you encounter information about sexually transmitted diseases and practicing safe sex. I never actually pinned down an exact...more
Kari
I used this book to talk to Rory, age 7 about sex and reproduction. We mostly skimmed the book, looked at the pictures, read some of the text verbatum and in spots I kind of ad libbed when I didn't feel comfortable with the text. I'm ashamed to say I kind of referred to sexual intercourse with the description of "deep touching". (hangs head) I didn't discuss abortion on this go around, but they do discuss it in the book. Rory is very science minded, and likes learning about animals and was all g...more
Michelle Rosales
Teaching your kids about the birds and the bees can be a scary task. If you need help, better get it from this bird and this bee, in this book. Every concept under the sun that you can think of pertaining to sex is all in one book. Topics like reproduction, intercourse, homosexual, and even HIV and AIDS is discussed in this book. Youngsters may find all the answers they might have about their sexuality and how their body changes. Part of the book even goes into depth about how the egg and sperm...more
Carmen
I could not be happier with the way this book is laid out and the information that is communicated within. My child has been asking a lot of questions lately and wanted answers! The comic strip format coupled with the diagrams and scientific explanations achieves just the right balance. I appreciate the way the book touches on sensitive matters but does not take a moral point of view, so I can complement it with our own faith teachings. Given the diversity in our own family with adoption, artifi...more
Waller
Getting ready to teach this in children's lit this spring - a wonderfully clear explanation of how babies (and families) are made. Along with Harris's similar books for other age groups, this one is frequently challenged, and given its topic I suppose that's no surprise, but it seemed to me she was pretty respectful of other views both about some of the topics (abortion, "safe sex," HIV/AIDS) and about children's interest in these topics - Bird wants to talk and talk, while Bee would rather not...more
Wendi
Excellent books to explain reproduction to curious children! I highly recommend!
Jcdery
Perfect for kids ages 4 through 11 or so. Got a lot of re-reads in our family.
JaNel
This book is a good first or second introduction to the subject for young children. It's quite in depth--but in a good way. The level is just right for 5-12 years old. It talks about body parts and names, menstruation, puberty, homosexuality, different kinds of love, HIV/AIDS, how babies are made, what happens during pregnancy, sex, adoption, contraception, and sexual abuse. I love that it goes into detail for both boys and girls so that each can understand what's going on with the other sex as...more
Gherna03
Frank! To the point! Funny! My nine years old has read it multiple times! Very educational, too!
Morgan Davis
This book does a great job in dealing with a very difficult topic that parents have trouble talking to there kids about. The way the book is set up in sections and the graphics that go along with the information makes it very easy for the reader to understand. It's not just a huge book of line after line of information with no pictures- it is brought down to a child's level. This book is great for a child 7 and up and anyone that has questions about creating a family. I think the comic book form...more
Marie
As the mother of a young daughter, I've thought about what I will say when then inevitable questions arise about babies and boys. It's So Amazing has given me those answers. This book is set up in a logical sequence of how babies are created to how they eat and grow inside the womb to the birth. I especially liked the chapters on multiples and dealing with additions to the family. As my daughter grows, this book will be helpful in not only explaining the "birds and the bees," but will also prepa...more
Dianne
This book is a great resource with kid friendly pictures and language, if you have a young developing child who needs to know about the "birds and the bees" and you're not quite sure what to say. My daughter is 11, and I gave it to her last week. She wasn't embarrassed, understood what she was reading, and didn't have any questions when she was finished. I gave it to her to use as a starting off point for future discussions.

I think I was a bit more *embarrassed* by some of the detailed (though c...more
Amanda Alanis
This book is explains many questions children might have about babies, bodies, sex, and love. Kids sometimes wonder about these subjects and adults do not really know how to explain or go about explaining things like babies to children. This book is child friendly and even has cartoons that make the book engaging. This book also includes facts about sexually transmitted diseases and practicing safe sex. I would recommend this book to adult who want to explain these topics to their children who a...more
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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.
More about Robie H. Harris...
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health (The Family Library) Maybe A Bear Ate It! It's Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends Mail Harry to the Moon! When Lions Roar

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