Can Apples Get You Pregnant?

President Malaise
Perfect Party, Perfect Wife

Digestion and Reproduction coverDigestion and Reproduction
Understanding the Human Body series
Parker
2004

Submitter: This is one of those books that publishers crank out in library binding and market to elementary school libraries and public libraries. I found it on the shelf of the public library where I work. I find the paring of reproduction and digestion odd. Physical proximity does not equate to function. The opening spread pretty much says it all:  apparently if you eat an apple, you will get pregnant.  The photo layouts are just awful. Almost every spread has a mangled person in the fold. One spread includes fat shamming: it has a side by side comparison of a skinny blonde woman in a bikini with an obese woman who is also in a bathing suit (image not attached). And the text is so helpful. A page on reproduction says, “Most teens spend less time with their families and more time with their peers. Many friendships become very intense very fast—then fade just a quickly.” How is this relevant to the topic of reproduction?  I loved that this text is paired with a photo of a female teen who seems to be pushing down a male while cozying up to another girl.  Curious!

Holly: I agree with submitter that the pairing of digestion and reproduction is weird. I kind of like the layout with all the sidebars, but the double-page photos make the people look all dysmorphic. This is almost 13 years old, so it can probably be replaced with something newer anyway. Meh.

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6 comments

  1. if you eat an apple, you will get pregnant
    Do I get a prize for being the first person to suggest that the author was raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition?

  2. I have to agree with that part about how mental maturity can take a lifetime. The election has proven that the majority of American adults have the maturity of 5-year-olds.

    1. I disagree — a majority (the popular vote) — did NOT vote for the candidate with the 5-year-old’s attitude. But the Electoral College got in the way — again.

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