I read this to my 4 year old son. He didn't seem to "get it" but I think that, given a little more repetition, and following up with the other stories in the series as he gets older, it will. I like how these books allow you to address a sensitive subject in a wholesome manner.
This book was recommended by a pair of therapists at a childrens ministry conference I attended. And the book certainly did not disappoint. I read the book to my daughter and I felt like all of the material was both appropriate and helpful. It made it very easy to talk to my daughter about her body, and also about keeping it private. The book is written so that it will be relevant to every child. I highly recommend it, especially if you have no idea how to talk to your children about their bodies.
I bought this book for my 5 1/2 year old son and 9 year old daughter based on the review descriptions I read here. It was *okay* for my 5 year old, but I will buy book #2 for both of them. The reviews made it seem like the books were somewhat advanced in their age ranges (i.e., use Book 1 for the Book 2 age range, and Book 2 for the Book 3 age range) but this is NOT the case. Book 1 was right on target for the 3-5 age range. My 5 year old was ready to take it all to the next level. The information that would be "just enough" for a 3-5 year old only brought on more questions from a nearly 6 year old. This is not from being over-exposed to sexuality, but simply because children at that age are mentally capable of thinking on a higher cause-and-effect level. As far as the 9 year old goes, this was old news to her. She didn't pay the slightest bit of attention. The book focuses on the development and anatomy of a baby, and being an older sibling this was old hat to her.
ABOUT THE CONTENT: I wanted something that teaches a godly view of family and sexuality without being overly graphic or vulgar. I definitely got what I wanted there: "God wants only people who are married to have babies." Way to go! And as far as the baby-making process is described, it only says [paraphrased], "God took a little piece of Mommy and a little piece of Daddy and made you!" Be prepared for proper genitalia names. (That's usually a bigger deal for the parents than the children!) I certainly appreciated the small, low-key, non-scary section entitled, "But are all hugs and kisses good?" That's something we all have to guard our children from, unfortunately, even in the church building.
I was really pleased with this book. It allowed a way to explain where babies come from without getting too much into the details. It gives proper names for some body parts, but not too much information. It tells it how God meant for it to be with a mom and a dad both in the picture and lots of love.