What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: Revised Edition Paperback – Jun 6 2007
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"I kept wanting it to happen. When it did I remember thinking, 'It's about time.'"
"I was worried at first. Then it really wasn't so bad after all."
"I remember my brothers weren't allowed to hit me in the chest anymore. I was kind of pleased about that."
What mysterious condition are these now grown-up girls talking about? Ah, yes, puberty! With scads of personal stories and an abundance of useful, detailed information about girls' changing bodies and feelings, author Lynda Madaras and her daughter Area Madaras have expanded their guide for girls on the verge of change. First published in 1983, the bestselling classic has been revised and updated several times over the years to keep up with ever evolving facts and wisdom about puberty in girls. In this third edition, the authors continue their straight talk on the menstrual cycle, reproductive organs, breasts, emotional changes, puberty in boys, body hair, pimples, masturbation, and all the other fun, scary, and interesting things that go along with growing up. Filled with anecdotes, illustrations, diagrams, and honest, sensitive, nonjudgmental information for the young girl, the revised edition also addresses the new scientific facts about when a girl actually begins puberty (earlier than previously thought), advice on "female athletic syndrome," eating disorders, unwanted attention because of early development, and information on eating right, exercise, AIDS, STDs, birth control, and so much more. A welcome, reassuring book for parents and daughters, designed with the understanding that some girls and parents will want to read it together, and some will want to read it on their own; without a doubt, though, all will benefit. Got boys? Don't miss What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys. (Ages 8 to 15) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Reviewed with Lynda Madaras' The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys.
Gr. 4-8. In these new editions of her classic guides, Madaras has made significant changes to reflect the younger age at which children are now reaching puberty. She has cut out the chapters about sex, birth control, pregnancy, and STDs, although she includes a rich appendix of resources on these topics. Mostly, the books concentrate on the physical changes that occur during puberty, with new chapters designed to serve as "owners manuals": in Boys, there's new information about shaving and answers to questions about penis size; in Girls, there's an expanded "all about having periods" section. As in the previous editions, the tone is matter-of-fact and comforting, and Madaras has further simplified the sentence structure and word choices, in some cases perhaps too much; the section on sexual harassment, for example, is somewhat vague and slightly unfocused. Overall, however, these are excellent new editions that make fine resources even more accessible to a young audience. Sure to encourage dialogue between kids and parents. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I highly suggest this book to all parents of girls and the boys book to the boys. It was a great addition for easing the transition for me.
This book is good for the girl that is very curious about her body and the world, whether you as parents agree with this or not, please pay attention to your daughters and where they are in their development. With this book I was able to dispell a lot of the misconseptions that my peers had. It also gave me the power that I needed to make the proper decisions when the time came.
Parent's do not underestimate your children for a second!
All in all I think this book did it's job well, but I think it is the parents position to decide when their child is ready for the information, not the publisher.
That being said, this book covers a lot of ground, and for the most part does so well. It has a lot of important information found in books of this type: stages of puberty, signs to look for, the female reproductive cycle, bras, getting one's period, and so on. All these things are presented clearly, although again, I feel they're geared more towards older girls, rather than pre-teens.
All in all this is an ok book, but not excellent, and is not appropriate for the age range it's listed for. Buy this book for a 12 year-old or up, but don't push the envelope with younger girls, they don't need the pressure that such graphically displayed information provides, which can overwhelm them.
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I see the good in this book but I don't agree with a lot of the reviewers that this is good for young girls. Read morePublished 1 month ago by redchair
As a father to a 9 year old girl and 6 year old boy, I bought these books to give to my kids in a few years to help them prepare for what lies ahead, and to gain an understanding... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Pappas
My daughter referred to this book many times and it helped us to have a good dialogue. I would recommend it.Published on Dec 6 2013 by Nicole Joyce
I think the book is an easy to understand read that will give girls a comfortable view of their body and understand what is happening. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2013 by Julie
My Mom bought this book for me when i was 12 and it really helped. It answered all of the questions that i wanted to know but was too embarrassed to ask. Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Hannah
This book covers every topic a girl is curious about as she enters puberty, (a few she might not be curious about yet, but will need to know about BEFORE she is twelve. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Anne Phyllida Sherlock
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