How Babies Are Made
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How Babies Are Made

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Some children start asking questions about sex by the time they are three, and this book is designed to aid parents in their answers, without going into technical detail or being too graphic. The illustrations are accurate without being overly explicit.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 30th 1984 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1968)
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This is the book my mom handed us as kids to dispel any beliefs we may have had in the stork. I used to flip through the pages over and over again for years. The best part is that instead of drawings or photographs they use cut out pieces of paper formed to look like animals and people, then photographed.

It's actually very cool to look at and highly educational. :)
I'm rather surprised at how good this book is.

It only got 3 stars because it is pretty exclusively heterosexual and there's an undercurrent of single race couples. Yes, I know cocker spaniels don't have a race, but they come in lots of colors - just not in this book. Also, it has the "mom and dad must love each other" undercurrent as well. While I think all children should be born of love, I don't necessarily think that love has to be between the egg owner and the sperm owner.

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Successful at teaching about sex - in a Mister Rogers kind of way.
The illustrations in this book are so rad! They are made from cut out paper which was then photographed. So cool! My favorite, if I remember correctly is the rooster and the hen. The human illustration was not nearly as cool as it could have been.

I actually never saw this book as a child, only stumbled upon it as an adult. I don't know where my copy went. Maybe I sold it. I hope I got a lot of money for it.
It's simply the best of any and every book that's ever been written to teach 4-10 year olds the "basic facts of life. Magnificent. Brief, to the point, easy to understand text accompanies beautiful paper sculptue pix. Get it!
Jen Barker
I've used this book as the starting point to teach my young children about human intimacy. It really helps if they have been exposed to or watched videos of animals mating. Succinct and tasteful.
My ultimate favorite from when I was little.
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