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What's Happening To My Body? Book For Boys: Revised Edition Hardcover – Nov 23 2011

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press; Third Edition,Revised Edition edition (Nov. 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557047693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557047694
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lynda Madaras takes seriously the questions asked over the years in her sex education class and gives accurate, detailed answers." — School Library Journal

"These gender-specific titles take a modern and easygoing approach to puberty…explains everything in a readable and reassuring style." — VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

"Must reading." — Ralph I. Lopez, M.D., Adolescent Clinic, The New York Hospital— Cornell Medical School

"One of the most complete, well-written and clearly illustrated sex and health education texts to come off the press." — Arkansas Democrat

"Your book is a most helpful teaching tool…Your books put the students at ease…many, many thanks." — Excerpt from a teacher's letter to Lynda Madaras

About the Author

Lynda Madaras is the author of twelve books on health, child care, and parenting. For more than twenty-five years, she taught puberty and health education to young students in Pasadena and Santa Monica, CA. Her daughter, Area Madaras, was just eleven years old when she assisted her mother with the first "What's Happening to My Body?" book. Now a communications consultant and the mother of two young girls, she lives in California and continues to work with her mother on the series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Brassard on April 20 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is good and has great information. I bought it to share with my two boys ages 9 and 11. I wished there were more graphics and some color. Also the text is meant for a higher age group.
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Bought this as both a future gift to my nephew and purchased it for a cousins baby shower. Been reading the book myself that is why I can give it a 5 stars.
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128 of 139 people found the following review helpful
Read it myself years ago, it's a good book. Dec 17 2009
By Huns - Published on
Format: Paperback
You don't read a book like this to your kid, you give it to your kid and let him go off and read it himself and ask you questions later if he wants. My mom got me this book when I was a lad and I read it cover to cover. It was exactly what I needed.

I remember this part of my life well, so let me give you a little advice. Boys entering this part of their lives are best given a book like this and then LEFT ALONE to read it on their own terms. DON'T be overbearing and try to have some long-winded discussion with him about sexual topics. Trust me, he will get embarrassed and then he will hate you for prying into something that he needs to figure out separately from you (with the help of this book, which is great. In fact, I would think about getting him more than one book. Something on relationships, perhaps, when he's a few years older.) If you overstep your bounds, he will just think, "God, this is so terrible. I wish this horrible awkward train-wreck of a conversation was over already." Then he'll tune you out, defeating the purpose of the conversation and replacing it with awkwardness and resentment. If you have to give him "The Talk," just keep it REALLY BRIEF, and hand them this book at the end of it.

By picking up some education on the subject from this author, he's getting it from someone who is a disinterested third party, someone whose expectations he doesn't have to live up to, et cetera. The person who wrote this book isn't going to read over his shoulder about things that he naturally finds embarrassing. It's a safe environment. If your boy is reading this book by himself, he doesn't have to worry about being judged. He doesn't have to keep his guard up, or worry about any social considerations. He doesn't have to demure to the author because he doesn't want to hurt the author's feelings. See how perfect it is? It's the best possible way for him to learn about this. Just make it clear that you're giving him space on this issue, and that you will answer any questions he has. Obviously you don't want to turn him loose on the world without supervision, but this is one of those cases where it will greatly benefit him to know that he has the time and space to figure this out on his own. If he wants to know something, and he knows he can ask you about it without it turning into a big obnoxious lecture, he'll be more likely to ask.

You want to give him some advice? Tell him to stay away from attention whores and crazies, and not to invest his entire happiness into whether some other person loves him or not. You'll be doing him a huge favor.
103 of 111 people found the following review helpful
A Solid Book for a Parent and Adolescent to go Through Together March 31 2008
By Mark Merrick - Published on
Format: Paperback
Previous reviews have knocked this book for presenting anatomical drawings, medical descriptions, and even slang - assumably for teaching too much. While I understand the fear a parent feels, I believe the presentation is appropriate. Further it seems important that an adolescent know these terms. They will be used by teachers and schoolmates increasingly from Junior High forward. An adolescent who does not know them will be left to their own imagination. An adolescent who has been taught the terms with the help of caring parent will feel safe. Further by going through the book together a parent can teach the child what terms are appropriate and that sexuality is something to be respected, not feared. (Parents, please don't make sexuality a frightening taboo - it will just drive your child to experience it inappropriately.)

As another review points out this book is somewhat academically written. I believe this is because the book is designed for a parent and adolescent to go through together. I would suggest presenting parts of this book beginning as early as 10 but no later than 13 - as the parent feels the child is ready for the information. There is a companion workbook that is written more in an adolescent's language - for them to read alone.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
My 12-year-old read the entire book in one day Jan. 26 2013
By Margaret J. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Perhaps my son could have used this book when he was 11, but better late than never. I looked at several books in this genre -- this one, in particular, seemed to cover all of the bases. My husband and I recognized that our son had really started puberty (he was growing an inch every month for four months straight) and that he had a desire for more information about his body and also girls. This book definitely filled that need. He spent an entire day reading it from cover to cover, after which he initiated a lengthy conversation about what he had learned and what he had additional questions about. Among his big takeaways were that his thoughts and feelings were normal and that he felt more in control and less afraid knowing what would be coming over the next several years. He genuinely thanked us several times for getting him the book and recommended that we read it, too!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Exactly What I Was Looking For June 23 2011
By A. Pointer - Published on
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This is an easy-to-read, comprehensive book that I intend to give to my 11 year-old boy after I finish reading it. I recommend the parent read it before giving it to the son, because the book covers a lot and in a fair degree of detail. As a mother, I have learned things about male puberty and sexuality that I never knew before, and it is good to know what the book says so you can be prepared to discuss it with your son. I am happy with this book and would recommend it to others.
128 of 171 people found the following review helpful
way too much information - inappropriate Oct. 20 2007
By just me - Published on
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a book I could share with my 10 year old son as a reference guide to learn about what changes he can expect and about how babies are made.
I was wrong! There's no way a preteen, or teenager for that matter, boy needs to know all the information detailed in this book! It's over the top with unnecessary, if not, inappropriate graphic drawings of labeled external male & female body parts. (I'm not a prude, but why would a 5th grade boy need to see drawings of the different types of female hymens??? -- ridiculous!)
It also has lists of all the slang, crude nicknames for male and female body parts. I wasn't planning on teaching him the "p" word and the "c" word -- this book does.
It does cover things like acne, body hair, perspiration, spontaneous erections -- that's great stuff boys should know about.
How to measure your masculine parts (complete with diagrams) -- why is that necessary??
I was hoping to gently ease into the discussions I need to have with my son. The unnecessary information is so in-your-face blunt that I'd have to edit out about 75% before I'd let a child or teenager read it.