"The" classic "first talk" book. I bought this for my special-needs son, who is 12. It's meant for a younger child, but he is only able to comprehend the basics so I felt this would be the perfect way to introduce the subject, as I'd attempted as "just talking" and it didn't seem to be sinking in. Basically, he is in middle school now, and although he's in a special needs class, I was worried he'd hear tall tales running around school, so I wanted him to have a basic knowledge coming from home first.
It all went well, he grasped the concepts and as I recall from having been a very little girl, the "steps up" (flower...then chicken...then dog...then human) "eased" the subject along. There was a little bit of giggling but nothing unexpected. Concepts were as I remembered them: clear, and neither overly-babyish, nor too clinical and wordy.
The artwork is lovely. Just lovely. And yes, it's fairly explicit at times, but in an "artsy" (cardboard cutouts) way, so...nothing that would make a squeamish child say "gross!" yet visually informative.
I would absolutely recommend this book. I'd say it's geared toward elementary school-age children; any older and they've probably already heard it from their friends if you haven't managed to give "the talk" yet. As I said, we have a special circumstance, and this fit the bill beautifully in that regard, and rounded things out a bit for my nine-year-old as well (we'd already had a brief version of the talk several times).
- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown US; Reprint edition (21 July 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316042277
- ISBN-13: 978-0316042277
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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