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The 'What's Happening to My Body?' Book for Boys [Hardcover]

Lynda Madaras , Area Madaras , Simon Sullivan
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June 8 2007 What's Happening to My Body?
The bestselling guides for preteens and teens updated with a brand-new look.

The Madaras growing-up guides are acknowledged by parents, educators, librarians, and doctors for their unique, nonthreatening style, excellent organization, and thorough coverage of both the physical and emotional issues surrounding puberty and adolescence. And kids love them too! As one fan wrote, "Dear Lynda, I can't believe that you, a mom, knew all this stuff!"

"What's Happening to My Body?" for Boys features detailed coverage, in age-appropriate language, of the body's changing size and shape, the growth spurt, the reproductive organs, voice changes, romantic and sexual feelings, puberty in the opposite sex, and much more. Includes a comprehensive resource section and line drawings. For ages 10 and up.

The new editions feature:
* Fresh new cover design for series
* Entirely redesigned interiors with new illustrations
* Uniform trim sizes for display
* New author introductions
* Updated resource sections and content
* 48 black-and-white drawings

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars little higher level than what I wanted 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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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Aug. 19 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. it covers everything interesting, answers questions, teaches things you may know or not know about, and is perfect for teen boys.
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Book for a Parent and Adolescent to go Through Together March 31 2008
By Mark Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
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.
86 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it myself years ago, it's a good book. Dec 17 2009
By Huns - Published on Amazon.com
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.
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's Happening to My Body - book for boys Sept. 3 2007
By Judith R. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The purpose of the book for me was to read it to a 10 year old boy, to help him understand what was happening to his body and to explain sex and sexual feelings. It is written by someone who taught the subject and rather than have it as a readable book, it's more instructional and explains the author's way of teaching the subject part of the time and then it seems to become more of a book you'd read to a child entering puberty. Some areas are good and detailed and some things are written in a corny way. I would rate the book on a scale of 1 to 10 as maybe a 3. What I've had to do is read a chapter first, and then scan it as I'm explaining it to my 10 year old boy. It does cover the territory.
93 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars way too much information - inappropriate Oct. 20 2007
By just me - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Oct. 13 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Good. I am twelve and still haven't been affected by most of these changes by this book but still was interested. Not five stars because I don't give that to anything.
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