Review: Who Has What? by Robie Harris

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Who Has What? All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies by Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Have a child asking about their body and the ways that boys and girls are different?  Here is a picture book for younger children that answers those questions clearly, simply and with a great matter-of-fact tone.  Told through a family trip to the beach, the book starts with the child characters having questions themselves.  Emphasis is placed on the fact that boys and girls are mostly the same in their bodies.  They both love to play, love to laugh, but they do have some body parts that are different.  Even then, most of their body parts are the same.  As the children move into the changing rooms, the different body parts are shown and defined.  The book covers both the external organs and the internal ones.  As always, Harris presents the information with clarity and makes it easy to understand.

This book is appropriate for preschoolers who are asking questions about their bodies.  The answers here cover the body parts only.  No sexual explanations are given in this book about how babies are made or arrive.  It’s a great early lesson in bodies that speaks to the questions children that age have.

Westcott’s illustrations are charming and factual, nicely combining clear images of the body parts but also having an inviting cartoon feel.  The addition of the dogs in the dressing rooms and when talking about general body parts will also help answer questions that children have about pets.  It’s another way that this book is clearly designed for this specific age group.

Ideal for families looking for clear information to share with their children, this book belongs in every public library.  Appropriate for ages 4-8.

Reviewed from library copy.

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