Book Review: A book for kids about the different body parts (or genitals).
A short overview of this book
Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies & boys’ bodies is written by Robie H. Harris and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott.
An overview of the book
It is a book all about bodies that has been written to help parents to answers kids questions about their body parts. Books like this are a useful tool that parents can use when talking to their kids about their body parts.
Sex education for young children under 5 isn’t about sex at all. It is all about sexuality ie bodies, gender differences and roles, relationships, feelings, diversity, boundaries and reproduction. There are many reasons as to why parents should be reading books like Who has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies? to their children.
Robie H. Harris has a new series of age-appropriate books out, in which she very simply and straightforwardly lays the foundations for sex education. The first book, Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies, looks at bodies.
Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies talks about:
- the fact that we all have bodies
- that our bodies change as we grow older – baby to child to adult
- boys and girls have lots of things that are the same – how they play, things they like to do, being silly, etc
- that some parts in a boys and girls body differ
- the different parts are what makes you a man or a woman when you are grown up
- boys and girls have many body parts that are the same
- naming the private parts and their functions (with drawings)
- normalising the fact that even animals have private parts and functions to
- naming and illustrating the internal reproductive organs
- pregnancy can happen to women which means growing a baby that they will breast or bottle feed
- that girls can become mums and boys can become dads on growing up
- bodies are all different and unique and special
- that boys and girls will keep on growing up until they are grown up and this takes a long time
So, as you can see, this bookprovides the opportunity to have a lot of discussions with your child about bodies. You can talk about how bodies are similar. And you can talk about how our bodies can be so different. The book talks about all of our differences and not just the obvious ones, like genitals!
Make sure you have a look at the book, Who has What?, first (before you read it to your child)! That way you will know what to expect. You won’t find anything too ‘scary’ in this book. The drawings of the genitals are quite simple, but still get the point across about their differences.
You can find some tips in this article on how to read ‘sex ed’ books, like Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies.
Who has What? is a picture book but it is very wordy. You may have to summarise the text on some pages, as it is very comprehensive. Most 3-year-olds would not have the attention span to sit through a read of this book. So you may need to speed read it, or simplify the content so that they don’t get too bored!
If you’re struggling with saying the words – vulva, penis, scrotum – practice saying them in front of the mirror or even with your partner. It will help!
The more that you read sex education books like, Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies, the easier you will find it. The first time is the hardest and then it gets a little bit easier, the more you read. Eventually, you reach the stage where you begin to feel a lot more comfortable with reading sex education books.
Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies by Robie H. Harris, is a great first book on bodies. If you have a child who is very curious about bodies, this book will satisfy their curiosity. It provides a lot of detailed information.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Who Has What? All about girls’ bodies and boys’ bodies is ideal for children between the ages of 3 – 8 years of age.
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