It’s not the Stork!

Written by Robie H. Harris and Illustrated by Michael Emberley

Storyline: Young children are curious about almost everything, especially their bodies. And most young children have lots of questions. Why are some parts of peoples bodies the same? Why are some peoples body parts different? How was I made? Where do babies come from? Is it true that a stork brings babies to mommies and daddies? it’s not the stork! Helps answer those endless and perfectly normal questions that preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary school aged children ask. Through lively and comfortable language and engaging artwork, this book addresses its audience in a reassuring way that is mindful of a child’s healthy desire for straightforward information. Two irresistible cartoon characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, provide comic relief and give a voice to the full range of emotions and reactions that a child may experience while learning about how amazing bodies can be.

This book was amazing! It was such a fantastic way to incorporate facts of life, changing bodies, and differences in various body shapes, colours and sizes, and different relationship types… while also explaining it in terms that a child would understand… this book is meant for ages 4-10 (there are different versions for different age levels)

So we decided early on that we weren’t going to be parents who used funny little cutesy words like “hoohaa” or “bibit” with our children. We have taken the body positive approach and prefer to call body parts by their proper terms to show that there’s no shame in saying words like nipple, vagina, or penis. That way they can be completely comfortable talking about it if something feels wrong, if something’s hurting or if they have questions.

If you were ever worried about having to explain where babies come from, this book is the best one I could recommend. It covers things like sperm and eggs in very simple matter of fact terms that is very easy to explain. It explains different types of conception, and explains what happens to a body and a womb when it’s carrying a baby.

The book explains what families are and how every family is different, how some families are born, some adopted, some merged from previous relationships, some separate from each other, and so on!

The book also explains okay touches and not okay touches for your child to understand the dangers of being touched inappropriately by anybody, and what they should do if they’re uncomfortable when they’re being touched or hugged when they don’t want to be.

the book also it has these cute little bird and bee characters, making jokes and asking questions and learning along with your child, which is great because it takes a few of the questions that kids want to ask and asks it for them and supplies the answers.

I personally loved this book! I read it to both of my children, many times… they seem to really understand this book so it’s time to move on to the next level! If you have young kids in your life I would highly suggest checking this book out! It’s definitely worth it.

I rate this book 
10/10 for story and 8/10 for illustrations



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