Contemplating Your Bellybutton (My Body Science)

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A delightful introduction to the world of bellybuttons answers such common childhood questions as "Why do some stick out?" and "Why do I have to keep it clean anyway?" in a humorous story translated from the original Japanese text.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

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Ages 3^-5. The same publisher that brought readers Everyone Poops (1993) now sets its sights a little higher, literally, if not figuratively. A boy named Tettchan wonders why he needs a belly button (especially one that sticks out). An unseen narrator goes on to explain how as a baby Tettchan was attached to his mother by a cord that fed him until he was born and the cord was snipped. The doctor medicated and taped what was left of the cord; several days later the tip healed and dropped off. A few details about keeping the belly button clean follow. The text is tame, but the artwork may raise a few eyebrows, especially the overhead view of Tettchan's mother giving birth. There are also pictures of breasts, breast-feeding, and babies' genitals. The latter are rather ambiguously drawn, but what they lack in precision, they make up for in number. If you need a book for belly button questions, this one has the answers. Ilene Cooper

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