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It's Perfectly Normal

A Book About Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health
Harris, Robie H. (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Introduces human sexuality, describes the changes brought about by puberty, and discusses sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and pregnancy.
Authors: Harris, Robie H.
Title: It's perfectly normal
a book about changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009
Edition: 3rd ed
Characteristics: 93 p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robie H. Harris ; illustrated by Michael Emberley
Notes: Includes index
Summary: Introduces human sexuality, describes the changes brought about by puberty, and discusses sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and pregnancy.
Additional Contributors: Emberley, Michael
Alternate Title: It is perfectly normal
ISBN: 0763644838
9780763644833
Branch Call Number: y 613.951 H315i 2009
Subject Headings: Sexual health Juvenile literature Sex instruction for teenagers Juvenile literature Sex instruction for children Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Sexual health
Sex instruction for teenagers
Sex instruction for children
LCCN: 2009008457
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Oct 10, 2012
  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with modestgoddess: parents—not librarians—have an obligation to educate their own children when it comes to sex and other sensitive topics. As pointed out by other posters, this book should be in the Adult area of libraries, where parents can decide if their children should read it.

Oct 09, 2012
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

For reasons already listed by other reviewers, this book should be handled by an adult. Only adults should be allowed to decide when their children can read it.

It's been awhile since I looked at this book, but it was recommended in an adult book (Hickling's "The New Speaking of Sex") about approaches to teaching children about sex in a very level, even-handed, factual and non-judgemental way. I remember being very impressed by it but, similar to another poster, I will wait till our daughter is a bit older to get this one for her. THAT BEING SAID, I *did* buy her the younger version of this, called "It's Not The Stork!" Our daugher is six and greatly enjoyed "It's Not The Stork!" It lays things out simply and in an easy-to-understand way, so for anyone looking for a way to discuss sex with their children very matter-of-factly, this line of books is excellent. As parents, we have a duty to our children NOT to raise them thinking that sex is dirty, bad, taboo, or something they can never ask us about. We need to learn NOT to be uncomfortable about it FOR THEM, so they can grow up with a healthy attitude towards this important part of who they are. If a book like this makes you queasy, perhaps you need to examine your own attitudes/perceptions/sexuality, to be as healthy as you can be about it, too. Totally agree with chirschi, below, on this: "A good resource to empower kids with straight facts in a plain and frank manner and avoid misinformation from peers and media."

Aug 31, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book has a V-E-R-Y detailed, graphic, colorful picture of a “vulva,” and explains that “when the cl*toris is touched and rubbed, a female body feels good both outside and inside. It feels sexy.” Sexy?! I bet your kid would like to try that one! It goes on to explain sexual desire and that “[girls and boys] have crushes on people of the same sex, as well as on people of the opposite sex”. Chapter 3 has a very graphic picture of a girl bending forward and analyzing her parts through a hand mirror. Chapter 4, “Making Love, Sexual Intercourse,” comes complete with a color picture of a naked couple performing sex. It teaches your mature 10 year-old that “sexual intercourse happens when a female and a male feel very sexy…” The “sexy” thing again… The next chapter, “Straight and Gay, Heterosexuality and Homosexuality,” conveys that homosexuality is so normal that it was practiced not only by Sapho but also by those manly men, the Spartan soldiers. Oh, the great things your kid will learn in this book… People who disapprove of homosexuality or bisexuality are portrayed as ignorant bigot, homophobe, and know “little or nothing about homosexuals, [their] views are often based on fears or misinformation, not on facts [and] hate homosexuals only because they are homosexuals.” Chapter 16, “Perfectly Normal, Masturbation,” your kid will be taught the joys of the procedure: it is fun and natural, and “people of all ages masturbate–babies, kids, teenagers, grown-ups, and the elderly.” The concept would not be wholly conveyed to your child without a graphic description of “orgasm.” The most misleading and dangerous information conveyed by this troubling book is that condoms make it safer to have sex with a partner with HIV. While the book mentions abortion as an option, this procedure surprisingly is not depicted. I almost want to suggest that the artist add several pictures of a D&X (dilate and extract) and partial-birth abortion.

Aug 10, 2012
  • chirschi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Authors do a good job of presenting the facts of sex and sexuality, babies, and related issues to puberty-aged kids. In response to other comments, yes this includes detailed anatomy illustrations (sometimes whimsically executed, re: girl with hand mirror), and sexual response, including that of the female, and description of what masturbation is. Many illustrations throughout. A good resource to empower kids with straight facts in a plain and frank manner and avoid misinformation from peers and media. Stresses that it's important to wait for sex at least until older (preferrably much older) and the importance of and reasons for 'safer sex'. Content is presented candidly with descriptions of some prevalent values but without value judgements. It is left to parents to provide an overlay of values. A great book for those who believe that information is not the same as--nor will be perceived by children as--permission. Useful for those who understand that kids will be thinking about and having questions about these things whether we like it or not, and earlier than we think. Cover recommends 10+ yrs old. 10 might be a bit young, but every parent should look at a book like this first and decide when it is right for their child.

Jul 14, 2011
  • Tamster72 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very comprehensive book. I was impressed at its content and presentation. I would recommend it for an older child, 10+, because of the amount of detail. My 7 year old daughter isn't quite at the stage to fully understand what is being presented. I shall borrow it at a later time.

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Oct 10, 2012
  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

ecrl thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Oct 09, 2012
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

DebAK thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Aug 31, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Aug 10, 2012
  • chirschi rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

chirschi thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Aug 31, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: VERY coarse, graphic depictions of couples having sex and young kids masturbating.

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Sep 24, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“[girls and boys] have crushes on people of the same sex, as well as on people of the opposite sex,”

Aug 31, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

“In all from front to back, there are three openings between a female’s legs: the opening to her urethra, the opening for her vagina, and her anus. If a girl or woman is curious about what these openings look like, she can hold a mirror between her legs and take a look”

Aug 31, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A girl often rubs her clit*ris; a boy often rubs his p*nis.

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