It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families (The Family Library) (Paperback)
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From the trusted team of Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, this classic resource for younger children receives its most ambitious update yet.
How does a baby begin and how is it born? How did I begin? Why are some parts of kids’ bodies different from some parts of other kids’ bodies? Most younger kids have questions about reproduction, babies, love, sex, and gender too. Some also have concerns. For over twenty years, It’s So Amazing! has provided children age seven and up with the honest answers they’re looking for through age-appropriate, reassuring words and accurate, up-to-date, inclusive art. Throughout the book, two cartoon characters, Bird and Bee, are the voices of kids. They talk together to help children feel that they are not the only ones wondering how we all began. Rigorously vetted by experts and featuring updated and new facts on pregnancy, birth, adoption, bodies, sexuality, gender identity, OK touches, not-OK touches, straight and LGBTQ+ families and people, and many other topics, this comprehensive resource for kids, parents, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and healthcare providers is the book that can help younger kids and their families talk together and find answers to their many questions.
About the Author
Robie H. Harris (1940-2024) is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Family Library series—It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, and It’s Not the Stork!—illustrated by Michael Emberley; CRASH! BOOM! A Math Tale, illustrated by Chris Chatterton; and Somewhere, illustrated by Armando Mariño. She is also the author of the Let’s Talk About You and Me series, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, and many other books for young children.
Michael Emberley says that while creating the illustrations for IT'S SO AMAZING!, he "tried to delicately balance age-appropriateness, absolute accuracy, honesty, and just plain fun."
This thoughtful, innovative, and comprehensive book helps children with issues that are on their minds anyway—and gives all of us the language we need to share with them.
—T. Berry Brazelton, MD, founder of Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Joshua Sparrow, MD, co-authors of “Touchpoints: Birth to Three” and “Touchpoints: Three to Six”
Even if your child hasn't reached puberty, talk with him or her about what lies ahead. If you'd like some help, check out the excellent picture book IT'S SO AMAZING! . . . It could help prepare your son or daughter - as well as reassure you.
It's a beauty; it's your privilege to use it. Enough said.
As a pediatrician, I know that children have many questions about reproduction, birth, bodies, babies, and families. Finding the answers, in a comfortable, appropriate, and interesting way, is an essential part of growing up healthy in body and mind. This book provides an opportunity for children to find answers to their questions with clarity of explanation, fabulous illustrations, and humor, together with an all-important sense of wonder.
—Perri Klass, MD, Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics, New York University
A cleverly illustrated guide to everything from adoption to zygotes.
Genuinely sweet, in a genre in which there’s a fairly despicable tendency to be edgy, brash, and cool, as if what kids can put out must be what they need from grownups.…sensible, even existential, answers…honest and tender drawings.
—The New Yorker
[A] friendly and sensitive guide for younger children . . . Harris throughout manages to leave no stone unturned in this thoughtful, intelligent, and most importantly, exuberant celebration of the creation and operation of children and adult bodies . . . Parents looking for a way to keep embarrassment to a minimum when discussing sexuality with their young children will appreciate this book.
—Horn Book, starred review, The
. . . this provides sensible, reassuring answers to readers' questions and concerns, and interrupts the rain of information with occasional silliness.
—Kirkus Reviews, pointered review
Indeed, IT'S SO AMAZING! is written and illustrated with such thought that a child can hide way and study it.
—New York Times, The
Another barrier-breaking contribution by Harris and Emberley that seamlessly bridges IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL and HAPPY BIRTH DAY! . . . An essential guide that will delight and inform and appeal to young readers as well as adults.
—School Library Journal, starred review
A well-loved tool for many parents, and one that has made 'the talk' more fun and relevant.
Emberley illustrates the rich diversity of bodies in a breathtakingly matter-of-fact way.
It's accurate, non-judgmental and comprehensive, yet there's no danger of information overload because humor is used to leaven the seriousness of the topics presented.
—Syndicated Column - Lynne Burke
Bright, comic-style illustrations featuring a knowledgable bird and an embarrassed bee. . . . Clear subject headings make the text easy to browse.