What's Happening to Me? Paperback – Jan 1 2007
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'Look no further: the What's Happening to Me? books are nothing short of brilliant. They aim to help children aged nine and above understand bodily changes and they do this extremely well... Reading these books will help young people to become more self-assured and feel more comfortable talking about their concerns. Adolescent boys will find this book answers a lot of their questions and help them to worry less about the changes taking over their bodies. Reading these books will help young people to become more self-assured and feel more comfortable talking about their concerns' - TES Magazine; 'For me this book has been a great tool for talking about a subject that... children are required to face. It provides a safe way of dealing with what I know they need to know, without alarming them' - The Adoption Social --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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This book fit the bill exactly! It has very accessible text, nice color illustrations that don't overdo the "cute" factor that some illustrations attempt. Topics covered were what I wanted him to know about and I approved of the straight forward but not over-the-top approach to how much information was presented for this age group.
This isn't a text that tries to impose the author's own morals or ethics, but merely impart important information to children on the cusp of puberty (or already there) and let them know that the changes (emotional and physical) and feelings are normal and who to talk to about when they're not sure.
I also very much appreciated that the last section of the book addresses what's going on with girls at the same (or not) time.
Just the right amount of text and length for the age and topic when you're moving from a basic book on the "birds and the bees" to more specific information aimed at the child himself and his body and feelings. I also appreciated that the author addresses the changing hygiene needs of the child.
My husband decided to read it aloud to our son the first time through, so he could ask questions and they could talk about my husband's own experiences in puberty. Now he can have it to read at his own pace and what topic is interesting to him at the moment.
We purchased the same book, but for girls for our daughter, to use in addition to the excellent one by American Girl that the previous review mentions. My daughter loves that book and I've looked for a long time for one like it for boys. This is it! I don't think you can go wrong if you're looking for an open, accessible and just the right length book to get the discussion rolling at your house.
Mom in St. Louis
My son began by asking some questions and my husband and I feel that knowledge is power. We've raised our sons to respect their bodies and understand their bodies' beauty and health and function. What we needed was a book with some decent illustrations that didn't go too far, and one that included details on hygiene and puberty.
This book does it all!
This book gave excellent descriptions of normal feelings that happen IN ALL BOYS regardless of their religious or cultural upbringing. The text is written so that it can be read aloud with your son, or for him to enjoy on his own.
I appreciated having the description of what happens to a girl because sexuality involves both sexes and their parts. I did not find the paragraph about sexual intercourse overly descriptive or crass in any way. Most of the book is devoted to puberty, boys and boy parts - sexuality and girl parts are only a few pages of the entire text.
I cannot recommend this book enough.
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