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Who Has What?


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Award-winning author, Robie H. Harris is also a popular speaker around the country on topics such as "Using Children's Books to Talk about the Questions and Concerns of Children." Robie has had plenty of hands-on experience working with kids, including as director of an early childhood after-school programme and as a teacher. Robie H. Harris resides with her husband in Cambridge, MassachusettsNadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than fifty books, including Supermarket! and Up, Down, and Around. She lives in Massachusetts.


Harris, the guardian angel of parents facing their school-age child's questions about sex, tackles the preschool set in this first book in the Let's Talk About You and Me series. Readers follow Gus and his older sister, Nellie, on a family trip to the beach; the relaxed environment enables Westcott to riff on the central theme that "Everybody everywhere has a body!" and to show Gus and Nellie's anatomy (including key internal organs) as they change into swimsuits. Harris understands just how much her audience wants and needs to know about sex: adult bodies are out, family dogs are in ("Hey, boy puppies have a penis too," notes Gus). The text is somewhat repetitious, and the dialogue forced and chirpy as Harris delineates everything, body parts and otherwise, that makes boys and girls similar and different ("Boys and girls like to catch frogs, swing high up in the air, ride scooters, and make a lot of noise"). Nonetheless, it's a sunny, useful introduction to anatomy that kicks some gender stereotypes to the curb in the process. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

PreS-Gr 2-This is a straightforward presentation, as told through simple exposition and the dialogue of a young girl and boy who are going to the beach for the day. As the youngsters chat with one another about their similarities and differences, readers are greeted with visually appealing cartoonlike drawings that depict an array of people in various family groupings. As the two children change in their separate cabanas, arrows point to and name the parts of their bodies that distinguish them as male or female. A dog (of the same sex as the child) has crept into each child's cabana so its parts are labeled, too. Correct terminology is used, e.g., vagina, scrotum, penis, ovary, uterus, but Harris does not delve into how these body parts function, and she doesn't address the reproductive process. The book serves as a great way to introduce male and female body parts for anyone not used to discussing or naming them. For a more comprehensive look at body parts, reproduction, and birth, check out Harris's It's Not the Stork! (Candlewick, 2006).-Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"What a great book to help small children understand their own bodies and those of other! The simple words and pictures of WHO HAS WHAT? will help parents answer young children's questions clearly and comfortably." -- T. Berry Brazelton, MD -- Quote This much-needed title stands out for its comfortably familiar presentation of material adults sometime find difficult to share with young children. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This is a completely delightful book for parents to enjoy with their children--it will answer questions, start conversations, and make everyone smile."--Perri Klass, M.D. "Answering your children's questions about the similarities and differences between boys and girls isn't easy--that is, until "Who Has What"? by Robie Harris. Written in a supportive, honest, and playful way, this book is the perfect springboard for important family conversations. The whimsical drawings of Nadine Bernard Westcott complement the text and enhance oppo

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