It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health

It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health


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Providing accurate, lucid, unbiased answers top nearly every conceivable question children may have about sexuality, It's Perfectly Normal is here to help. From conception and puberty to birth control and AIDS, it is a refreshingly open and thorough presentation of the facts of sex - both biological and psychological - which children need now more than ever. Throughout, two cartoon characters, a curious bird and a squeamish bee, reflect the diverse feelings children often have about sex. Packed with warm, age-appropriate illustations, often humorous but always scientifically correct, It's Perfectly Normal offers children the resassurance that the changes and emotions they experience while growing up are perfectly normal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763668723
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Series: The Family Library Series
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 26,920
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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 is also the author of the first three books in the Let’s Talk About YOU and ME series. She lives in New York City.

Michael Emberley is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Family Library. He lives in Ireland.

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It's Perfectly Normal 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My nine year old son came home with many questions. We talked. I think I did good but I felt it important to find a book I could read and than my son could. I looked at these reviews on-line and the layut of this book and thought it would be a good book. I bought it and read it for about 30 minutes. NO WAY was my son going to read this book. It tell's him how to have sex. Explaining how you put it in and move it to feel good. I think the age needs to be raised from 10 to MAYBE 13. But even 13 might be to young to read and see the pictures in this book.........
lorilou More than 1 year ago
I bought an earlier edition 13 years ago for my daughter which was much more graphic and contained a lot of information on positions during intercourse, etc. That was fine for her because she was emotionally mature enough for the information and our discussions. Now I have a 12-yr-old boy, who was not at the same maturity level and I hesitated to buy it again, until I reviewed the new edition. I LIKED THIS ONE MUCH BETTER FOR a 12-yr-old than the older version. It gives them what they need to know about the birds and bees without it being too in-your-face or even scary. It references the act of intercourse but does not give detailed drawings as in the older edition. It also presents and answers questions about personal hygiene, changes in the body and what to do when these changes happen. In all, I would recommend this book for a non-threatening way to create easy discussions with your child regarding the "facts of life", especially a child of the opposite gender.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a college student who read this book as a preteen after my parents talked to me about sex. This book was a great way to help our family talk about a difficult and important subject so I would be properly informed and could develop a healthy attitude towards sex and sexual development. I have seen a number of reviews that call the illustrations in this book "pornographic." I find this disheartening because I found that they were very appropriate and informative in nature. Sexuality is so taboo in our society that we shy away from complete information because we are either embarrassed or afraid to talk about it. By omitting topics such as sexual pleasure, masturbation, or contraception, we spark curiosity in teens who then seek information from their friends and reinforce incorrect information and unhealthy behaviors in our society. An illustration of two loving adults having sex shows teens that sex is normal, healthy, and something to be enjoyed as an adult. Similarly, an illustration of a teen masturbating assures them that their own behaviors or feelings are normal and appropriate for their age. Teens need more healthy images of sex in their lives as they are constantly barraged with statistics of teen pregnancies and STIs in their classes and on the news. When was the last time a T.V. or movie star stopped to put on a condom before having glamorous sex? Teens NEED this kind of detailed information to erase the stereotypes they have come to accept as facts about sex. I would recommend this book to any parent or teen looking for a broad range of accurate information. Just remember that the book can't do it all! Open communication about sex is a great way to prepare kids for the crazy changes they are about to experience!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No book is a substitute for open lines of communication with your child about sex (and everything else). However, this is an absolutely wonderful book that your child can use independently. She can look at the information that she wants in any particular phase of her development and ignore the rest. Then her questions will change as she matures and other parts of the book will interest her more. An essential tool for parents who want to stave off the detachment and isolation that teen years often lead to. Having this book in your home sends the message to your kid that you are ready and willing to acknowledge that teens, like all people, are sexual beings. That does not mean that they must be sexually active. In fact, they are less likely to make mistakes if they have adequate information and parental support. Buy this book. Put it on a shelf in your bookcase that your child uses regularly. She will know where it is when she wants it. When she reaches the stage where she should have access to condoms, make sure they're in the medicine chest. A child who feels that her parents trust her and know that she will be making her own decisions is much more likely to seek out and seriously consider parental guidance about sex, drugs, alcohol, and all the rest of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 13 year old grandaughter because she had so many questions about boys and changes that were happening to her body. This book took very difficult subjects and put it into plain english that any child could understand. I have recommended this book over and over to parents and grandparents for their little ones. I am concerned with where our young people get their information and this was an excellent source for understanding some of the do's and do not's for adolescents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is now 19 years old and to this day I still recommend this book to my friends and family who have children who are 'asking the questions'. The book is honest, accurate and informative without being too graphic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a parent you should READ IT FIRST! If you are not comfortable with it's approach, then look for another book. We read it first and then discussed it with our son when we gave it to him. A few days later we asked him if he had any questions (or comments) about the book and a wonderful discussion ensued. He has had it for almost two years and we still discuss subjects as he finds changes occurring with his body. We are able to discuss our religion's doctrine as it applies to sex and sexuality using facts. This book is not a substitute for parental guidance, it is a reference book worded for young inquisitive people. This is a book he refers to often and if he has questions or comments we discuss them. It provides us the information and topics for discussions that are addressed openly and factually. Wish this had been around when I was growing up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When my daughter started asking questions about the changes that were happening with her body, this book was a great help. I read it 1st, then let her read it and we discussed everything together. The illustrations are done in a very tasteful manner as well. I've actually recommended this book to a few friends who are now dealing with explaining the facts of life to their kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! I have a 10yr old Son that was confused about the changes that were occuring to his body and things he was hearing at school. We read this book together. It makes me feel better that he has the information here in this book, instead of asking someone that still feels the need to actually spell out the word sex like my parents did instead of openly talking about it.Our children are going to be raised in a more open enviorment then we were....let's face it. This book will better prepare children to understand their changing bodies as well as sexual feelings that they do not understand yet. I like that it talks about STD's and HIV also. Our children need to be educated about sexual health earlier than we did and this book does just that. Usually, children that have no clue what they are getting into are the ones that end up having or supporting kids at an early age. If you have a pre-teen, you need this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most informative, factual and brilliantly written books to help children understand themselves and others. All 3 of my children read this book and I even learned from it. I highly recommend it for all parents and children to read. It was a great way to break the ice on a difficult subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i know i am only a preteen but i know what i am talking about when i say,'it is so embarresing to talk to your mom or dad about, puberty!' my mom gave this to me, so i could understand sex more than, this is how you make babies. the book says that grownups SHOULD ONLY do it because when you are a child you are not mature enough to take care of a child (meaning taking that kind of commitment is not for teens)this book has pretty graphic picture so only recommened this to a child 10 and older (which i am)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really helped me find the words to explain this dicey topic to my 10 year old. The pictures - while graphic - are realistic and helpful. The format was charming and matter of fact..non judgemental and asked the reader to speak with their parents - not peers - when certain issues are in question...thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
my daughter and I have read this book and I think this wonderful.My daughter is 10 and got her period and she love sthe book.SHe now knows all I want her to know at this stage,Well be blessed
Guest More than 1 year ago
'It's perfectly normal' is such a great book. A lot of parents won't say anything in that book that it tells you. If you don't know anything about puberty you should read it. Even if you do. It also talks about sex and turning into an adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Myself and 19 other parents and teachers sat down together to review this book. We were SHOCKED and stunned at the pornographic images and lessons that fill this book. It is pornography in it's lowest form - child porn!
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A guide directed at late elementary school students/early adolescents about puberty, sex and sexual health. It has been a frequently banned book. It presents information about body changes and sexual reproduction in a matter-of-fact way. The book is replete with drawings - a bird and bee provide commentary throughout the book and there are frequent sketches of human bodies that illustrate the material being covered in the text.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written for the pre-teen set (or even older), this book on human sexuality is packed full of information, all presented in a straightforward, non silly way. And that makes it most useful for starting conversations with kids who are heading into puberty with lots of questions.
RosanaSantana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book does a great job or explining how bodies change over time. It also explains conception, birth control, and pregnancy.
Ellen_Norton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and covers most every topic about sexuality and sexual health from puberty to parenting. I was particularly impressed that they covered homosexuality as being perfectly normal, along with many variations of sexuality. The images are all cartoon like, and the text is light and directs children to confide with someone they trust for more information or to answer any questions. Great resource for parents or pubescent children looking for some answers and direction.
sexy_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All about growing up and how the body changes, going into detail about internal functions and outward appearance, from pimples to the concept of sex. Parents be warned: it has drawn nudity, but don't let that scare you away, it's perfectly normal! The age for which this in intended could be debated (see above warning) but with guidance, could be for pre-teens, or even those who've already ventured into puberty.
smpenni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very frank, open book about every aspect of human development and sexuality. It covers everything from relationships to maturation to reproduction and much more. For supervised, guided reading only.
kmcinern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this book is packed full on information, I am still hesitant to suggest an appropriate audience for this text. The information and the images in the book are purposeful, however some may still find the images inappropriate for certain children. The cartoon characters, a bird and bee, that provide some narration throughout the chapters give the impression that the text is actually intended for a younger audience.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome. I wish I'd read it when I was a teen.
funny fact: my husband actually went to summer camp with the author's sons.

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