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Title:
It's perfectly normal : changing bodies, growing up, sex and sexual health
Author:
Harris, Robie H.
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Edition:
Fourth edition
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
98 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Introduces human sexuality, describes the changes brought about by puberty, and discusses sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and pregnancy.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Lots of questions : changing bodies, growing up, sex, and sexual health -- What is sex? Girl or boy, female or male : sex and gender ; Making babies : sexual reproduction ; Strong feelings : sexual desire ; Making love : sexual intercourse ; Who you are : straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender -- Our bodies. The human body : all kinds of bodies ; Outside and inside : the female sex organs ; Outside and inside : the male sex organs ; Words : talking about bodies and sex -- Puberty. Changes and messages : puberty and hormones ; The travels of the egg : female puberty ; The travels of the sperm : male puberty ; Not all at once! : growing and changing bodies ; More changes! : taking care of your body ; Back and forth , up and down : new and changing feelings ; Perfectly normal : masturbation -- Families and babies. All sorts of families : taking care of babies and kids ; Instructions from Mom and Dad : the cell-- genes and chromosomes ; A kind of sharing : cuddling, kissing, touching, and sexual intercourse ; Before birth : pregnancy ; What a trip! : birth ; Other arrivals : more ways to have a baby and family -- Decisions. Planning ahead : postponement, abstinence, and birth control ; Laws and rulings : abortion -- Staying healthy. Helpful-- fun-- creepy-- dangerous : texting, messaging, e-mailing, being online ; Talk about it : sexual abuse ; Getting a checkup : sexually transmitted diseases ; Scientists working day and night : HIV and AIDS ; Staying healthy : responsible choices.
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ISBN:
9780763668716

9780763668723
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Summary

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The definitive book about puberty and sexual health for today's kids and teens, now fully updated for its twentieth anniversary.

For two decades, this universally acclaimed book on sexuality has been the most trusted and accessible resource for kids, parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone else who cares about the well-being of tweens and teens. Now, in honor of its anniversary, It's Perfectly Normal has been updated with current and correct information on subjects such as safe and savvy Internet use, gender identity, emergency contraception, and more. Providing accurate and up-to-date answers to nearly every imaginable question, from conception and puberty to birth control and STDs, It's Perfectly Normal offers young people the information they need -- now more than ever -- to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.


Author Notes

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 lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. This caring, conscientious, and well-crafted book will be a fine library resource as well as a marvelous adjunct to the middle-school sex-education curriculum. There's no doubt, however, that some libraries and schools will have problems with Emberley's plentiful pictures, which, besides being warm and unaffected, are eyepoppers--especially in a book for this age group. The bold color cartoon drawings are very candid: a double-page spread of nudes, which beautifully demonstrates the varied shapes and sizes humans come in; a picture of a couple making love; one of a boy masturbating as he sits on his bed; another of a girl examining her genitals with a mirror. Less controversial will be Emberley's helpful diagrams and the running cartoon commentary he supplies on the main text, which is delivered by an embarrassed bee and a curious bird (modern kids may miss the allusion, and the device eventually wears thin). Harris' text, as forthright as Emberley's art, encompasses all the supposedly "age appropriate" issues (the structure of the reproductive system and puberty, for example), as well as a good deal more--from the terms we use when we talk about sex to intercourse, birth, abortion, sexual health, abuse, and issues of responsibility and respect. Readers won't find answers to their burning questions quite as easily here as they will in the at-a-glance question-answer overview Asking about Sex and Growing Up (1988), by Joanna Cole. Harris' coverage, however, is much broader and a good deal more detailed. With illustrations scattered liberally across the pages, the format occasionally seems crowded, but the candor of the artwork will help kids view sex as a natural part of life. Such openness will also help them grasp the main message of the text: that sex comprises many things, not just one. Children will find this a comforting, informative precursor to Lynda Madaras' books on puberty; librarians will find it well worth fighting for if, by some chance, the need arises. ~--Stephanie Zvirin


Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW said, "this intelligent, amiable and carefully researched book... frankly explains the physical, psychological, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty." Emberley's watercolor and pencil art "reinforces [the] message that bodies come in all sizes, shapes and colors-and that each variation is `perfectly normal.' " Ages 10-14. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.