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

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,167 ratings  ·  153 reviews
It's So Amazing! was created in response to repeated requests from parents, teachers, librarians, and health professionals for an up-to-date book about sex and sexuality for children who were still too young for It's Perfectly Normal. Once again, the Bird and Bee are up to their antics, but this time they're younger. In It's So Amazing!, these reassuring characters reflect ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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
Frieda Vizel
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I love about sharing this with my kids is that the parts they find most fascinating are not necessarily what I'd expect (twins and multiples for L and how the baby gets out for A). Provides a clear and accessible foundation on the birds and the bees for elementary aged kids.
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Overall, this is a very high quality book that explains sexuality in an age-appropriate and engaging way. My nine-year-old liked the punny humor of the cartoon characters who make running commentary on the factual information. (There are a bird who is fascinated by the subject, and a bee who is a bit squeamish. I myself found the bee to be overdone - I get that some kids find the subject offputting or embarrassing, but I think that could've been acknowledged and then let go off rather than ...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
Make Your Move! Missoula
Harris and Emberly fill the pages of this book with so much helpful information about sexual anatomy and reproduction. This book is written for late elementary school students (age 7+) and provides a lot of accurate knowledge about sex and relationships.

The authors have done a good job addressing and normalizing adoption, abortion, and masturbation. They normalize different types of love (platonic, familial, romantic) and attraction (straight, gay, lesbian). There is also a great age appropriate
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Devin Frunzi
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read the book, Its So Amazing!, by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley. The book explains sexuality and sexual reproduction to children. It gives the anatomy of the two sexes, sexual attraction, the act of making love, and what happens if a baby is born. I think this book is important for students and children, because it is able to go into depth about sex, whereas it might be awkward for parents and their children to talk about the birds and the bees. I dont think this is a book for children of ...more
Nicole Keenan
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I selected this non-fiction book because a lot of children get confused when they find out they are going to have a sibling or when they see a women carrying a baby. This book explains the process of having a baby and describes what makes a baby a boy or a girl. This book will inform children that have questions about babies and sexuality. The book is very generic and simple. This book is aimed for primary aged children. The book I correlated with it is called I Used to Be the Baby by Robin ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All the details, often in cartoon format, in language that is clear to 2nd to 4th grade. For parents who DO want to teach their kids about the birds and the bees, this book is the gold standard. Just the illustrations of different genders and races, maturing from infants to old folks, is amazing! Kids are curious about their naked body and what growing up means beyond just getting taller. This book allows kids a private, safe window to learn about themselves.

Elizabeth D
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
After getting the book by the same authors for 4-8 year olds I also bought this book to have on my shelf. I actually cried it is so good.

It is honest and factual. It is body and sex positive. It is diverse and inclusive. It is beautiful. Every progressive parent should have this book in their library.
Jeanine Underwood
The perfect way to start the conversation with young children. My 5 year old was fascinated. She asked a few questions, but she goes back and reads it herself now as a nine year old and it's sparked important conversations.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: phineas
With the birth of a new cousin, my kids had questions. I gave them all my answers and then we got out this book to give even more complete answers. The 9-year-old was more interested than the 7-year-old, yet I found it tasteful and comprehensive and very helpful.
We have to buy a copy of this and the other books in the series because Berry didn't want me to return it to the library-after several months, still! Lots of great information presented in an age-appropriate way.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Excellent way to support conversations about bodies and relationships
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children_wongs
Very thorough, science-heavy explanations - good for elementary school kids.
Angela Bedell
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for "becoming an adult" talk with your daughter.
Scarlet S. Johnson

I did not like the graphics but it was a fine book I guess I dunno its kinda weird not really good for seven and up as much as nine and up
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good for ages 6+
Robert Fallows
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book to start with for younger kids (10-12 in my kids case)
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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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