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May 17th, 2006

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06:38 pm - FYI
For anyone looking for a good book on talking about sex to children--I just posted this book over in sequentialart.

It's kinda old (1994)--but it covers everything and I loved Emberley's illustrations.

Another picturebook that I really love: The Three Questions--but of course have issues with the way the story is depicted. Beautifully--but the choice of an Asia-fied up style is a trend in children's literature to 'authenticate' something.

It would be nice if these ideas would be translated into something more local/personal, etc. But as we've seen from discussions in DBW--that could be a lot harder for the mainstream industry.

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Date:May 17th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
I found a copy of It's Perfectly Normal at a HPB and picked it right up.
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Date:May 17th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
I met the author, Robie Harris, in 1994 when she walked into the bookstore I was working in. She was this really sweet older lady who was going from bookstore to bookstore and telling people about her book.

A funny: she had trouble with the picture of the young girl masturbating and she couldn't figure out why she was so stumped by it. The answer: the girl in the picture wasn't wearing any socks.

Apparently, in Ms. Harris' head, there was something wrong about her not having socks. The illustrator added socks and that made everything was okay.

Another good one - definitely on the 'classic' side of the spectrum: The Playbook for Kids About Sex by Joani Blank.
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Date:May 18th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
That sock thing sounds like a specific kink, eh?
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Date:May 17th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
I love Perfectly Normal! And am I ever grateful that my nephew learned something healthy about sex from that book before the mass media totally filled up his head with junk.

And I liked Th eThree Questions when I bought it for a young friend but was slightly disappointed with it. I can't remember why.

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