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It’s So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families

 It’s So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families 



  • Robie H. Harris
  • Michael Emberley (Illustrator)


  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st ed edition (March 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 0763600512
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.86 pounds


Book Description

With honesty, accuracy, humor, and warmth, IT’S SO AMAZING offers children the real information they need—now more than ever.

How does a baby begin? What makes a baby female or male? Why are some babies twins? How is a baby adopted? Children sure have lots of questions about reproduction and babies—and about sex and sexuality too.

IT’S SO AMAZING! provides the fascinating answers—with fun, accurate, comic-book style artwork, and a clear, lively text that reflects an elementary-school child’s interest in science and how things work. Throughout the book, a curious Bird and a squeamish Bee help tell the AMAZING story of how a baby is made—from the moment an egg and sperm join, through pregnancy, to birth. IT’S SO AMAZING! also addresses, in a reassuring and age-appropriate way, related topics such as love, sex, gender, families, heterosexuality, homosexuality, sexual abuse, and HIV and AIDS—while giving children a healthy understanding of their bodies.

Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, author and illustrator of IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL: CHANGING BODIES, GROWING UP, SEX AND SEXUAL HEALTH, created IT’S SO AMAZING! in response to requests from parents, educators, librarians, and health professionals for a book that would address a younger child’s concerns. Vetted and approved by science, health, and child development experts, this comprehensive, forthright, and funny book is just what children need—to provide answers to their questions and to keep them safe, healthy, and unafraid.  

About the Author(s)

Robie H. Harris says, "My challenge in writing IT’S SO AMAZING! was to weave the fascinating and complicated science facts about reproduction and birth into the story of the egg and the sperm, and to communicate to children in an honest and simple way how amazing this story really is!"

Michael Emberley says that while creating the illustrations for IT’S SO AMAZING!, he "tried to delicately balance age-appropriateness, absolute accuracy, honesty, and just plain fun."  


we were all amazed, March 30, 2002

Ah, what a relief it was for me to find this book to share with my two sons — aged 8 and 10 at the time — a book that is not only informative and engaging to young readers interested in sex and sexuality, but also one that actually "includes" all of the members of our family. I would very strongly recommend this book for alternative families — the book gracefully included information about adoption and gay parenting without trying too hard (as some books do) or sticking it in as an afterthought (as many books do).

We read the book out loud as a family, all the way through, several times before it went upstairs to "live" with the boys’ other books. Doing so allowed us to talk through the information, and really allowed me to see where my kids were in terms of information and understanding. Now, I see the book out every couple of months — mostly being read by my older son, who will be 13 this summer.

It’s So Amazing is an amazing book — it manages to meet the entertainment AND informational needs of its young readers. I highly recommend it for your inquisitive kid.