It’s Perfectly Normal

Harris, R. (2009). It’s perfectly normal. Boston, MA: Candlewick Press.

This was a very detailed and informative book about our bodies, our health and sex. It has plenty of illustrations to show the various concepts and while it’s accurate, it’s not overwhelming. I like that the images are drawn, rather than photographs, and I think the comic strip pages are particularly effective at making the science palatable for young minds. This Robie Harris text is controversial, but very entertaining. This book is inclusive and welcoming, with much of the interest coming from a bird and a bee that wander through the book making wisecracks at each other’s expense. I did think that there were a few times Harris went a bit far out of her way to get the “it’s perfectly normal” message across, but if you have to be annoyed by having the same message repeated, this is a pretty good one to be annoyed with. I would recommend this book to 5th grade and up.


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