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It's So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families
ISBN: 9780763613211
Author: Harris, Robie H.
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: January 2002
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: With fun, accurate, comic book-style artwork and a clear, lively text, "It's So Amazing" provides answers about reproduction, babies, sex, and sexuality.
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Physical Information: 0.28" H x 11.78" L x 9.74" W 81 pages
 
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Spring)
As in [cf2]It's Perfectly Normal[cf1], text and cartoon illustrations merge seamlessly to explore a wide range of topics--from the parts of the body to definitions of love--focusing on the biological aspects of reproduction. The nonjudgmental text also includes sections on adoption, masturbation, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDS. Parents will appreciate this thoughtful, intelligent, and exuberant celebration of our bodies and our sexuality. Ind.Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Celebrating our bodies and our sexuality for younger readers, this frank and nonjudgmental discussion is illustrated with anatomically correct cartoon drawings. The fifteenth-anniversary edition of this invaluable resource is Harris and Emberley's laudable attempt to keep the content "as up-to-date and accurate as possible." The updated text and art include a broader definition of gender and expanded information about using the internet. Ind.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2000 #1)
The author of It's Perfectly Normal (rev. 3/95) returns to the subject matter of sex and reproduction, this time producing a friendly and sensitive guide for younger children. As in their first book, Harris's words and Emberley's cartoon illustrations merge seamlessly to explore a wide range of topics-from the parts of the body to definitions of love-though the focus of It's So Amazing! leans toward the biological rather than emotional issues involved in reproduction. Once again, an amusing cartoon bird and bee-one gleefully gabbing, the other mortified to be thinking about sex at all-navigate the reader through the text and give voice to children's concerns, questions, and misconceptions about sexuality. The book opens with detailed, accurate terminology for body parts and the ways in which they change during puberty, with particular emphasis on the production of eggs and sperm. Middle chapters take readers on a detour through sex and love-the basics only, but with good attention to the many ways people express affection for one another. Then it's back to the main event: fertilization of the egg, growth of the fetus, and birth. While the illustrations here don't avoid imbuing egg and sperm cells with gendered characteristics, they commendably avoid overly stereotypical portrayals. 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. The nonjudgmental text includes sections on adoptive families, families that include every combination of parental gender and marital status, sexual identity, masturbation, HIV/AIDS, inappropriate touching of "privates" by adults, and how to deal with a new baby sibling. Parents looking for a way to keep embarrassment to a minimum when discussing sexuality with their young children will appreciate this book. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #6)
The original Horn Book review of the 1994 nonfiction book It's Perfectly Normal (rev. 3/95) aptly described it as an "unassuming, coherent, comprehensive explanation of sex in all its complicated glory." Harris and Emberley's 1999 book for slightly younger readers, It's So Amazing! (rev. 1/00), celebrates our bodies and our sexuality. Each book includes frank and nonjudgmental discussion of a wide range of topics illustrated with anatomically correct cartoon drawings. The new twentieth (Normal) and fifteenth (Amazing) anniversary editions of these invaluable resources are Harris and Emberley's laudable attempt to keep the content "as up-to-date and accurate as possible." Both books include updated text and art, a broader definition of the term gender, and expanded information about using the internet, while the fourth edition of Normal also includes new and updated information about contraception, abortion, sexual abuse, and the prevention and treatment of STDs, including HIV/AIDS. cynthia k. ritte Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 August #1)
In a starred review, PW said, "The creators of It's Perfectly Normal, targeted to middle-schoolers, here reach out to a slightly young audience with candor and humor, neatly distilling various aspects of sex, reproduction and love." Ages 7-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1999 December #3)
The creators of It's Perfectly Normal, targeted to middle-schoolers, here reach out to a slightly younger audience with candor and humor, neatly distilling various aspects of sex, reproduction and love. An inquisitive, loquacious bird and an embarrassed bee act as comic and straight man and serve as diverting foils to Harris's conversational narrative; kids will both identify with and chuckle at the two characters' reactions and asides. The duo's cheerful banter also clarifies some potentially confusing issues ("So the fetus doesn't grow where the pizza goes!" proclaims the newly enlightened bee). Specific topics covered include changes in boys' and girls' bodies during puberty, intercourse, birth control, chromosomes and genes, adoption and adjusting to a newborn sibling. The roster of experts in the closing acknowledgments speaks to the sensitivity and intelligence with which Harris and Emberley handle their treatment of masturbation, sexual abuse, HIV and AIDS and homosexuality. Emberley's artwork ranges from lighthearted cartoon panels of a talking sperm meeting up with an egg in the fallopian tube to straightforward drawings of reproductive organs and a developing fetus. With its informal yet informed perspective, this volume renders much "amazing" phenomena reassuringly comprehensible. Ages 7-up. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 February)
K-Gr 4-Another barrier-breaking contribution by Harris and Emberley that seamlessly bridges It's Perfectly Normal (1994) and Happy Birth Day! (1996, both Candlewick). This oversized, attractive guide on reproduction and birth answers common questions such as "Exactly what is sex?" and "Where does the baby actually come out?" The familiar enthusiastic bird and reluctant bee narrate the comic cartoon panels, eventually deciding that the miracles of birth, families, and love are just "so amazing." Readers will appreciate the life-size illustration of a full-term fetus, and adults will be grateful for the many different ways Emberley portrays situations not always easy to explain to children. People are represented with a variety of body shapes and ethnicity, and Harris discusses sexual preferences and alternative family situations. While the illustrations are engaging and often hilarious, factual information is effectively presented in a clear, nonjudgmental tone that will inform and assure readers. Topics covered include basic anatomy, conception, fetal development, birth, genetics, adoption, and love. Sexual abuse and HIV are sensitively mentioned in short, informative chapters. An essential guide that will delight and inform and appeal to young readers as well as adults.-Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 January)

Gr 1 & Up—These highly acclaimed titles have been go-to guides for a whole generation of children, teens, and their parents wishing to address these delicate, often difficult-to-discuss topics. They are noteworthy for their straightforward and accessible style, reliable information, and warm, inclusive artwork. It's Perfectly Normal, which is geared toward children nearing puberty, has sold more than one million copies, been translated into more than 35 languages, and has been endorsed and used by teachers, librarians, clergy, health care and mental health professions across this country. It also has the distinction of being listed as #7 on the American Library Association's list of most frequently challenged books of the 21st century. This edition has been revised for a new generation, including updates in scientific and medical information about reproduction, birth control, abortion, sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases. Harris and Emberley have also included information on gender identity and online safety. It's So Amazing!, written for a younger audience, has also been revised to include up-to-date scientific and medical information and also addresses being online and using the Internet.

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