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What's Happening to Me? [Paperback]

Alex Firth , Susan Meredith , Adam Larkum
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Jan. 1 2007 What's Happening to Me?
Growing up is a whole lot easier if you have some idea what to expect. This book describes exactly what will happen to your body in a straightforward, easy-to-understand way, and it explains some of your feelings too - all you need to know for this important time in your life.

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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; --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Aug. 29 2014
By Bridy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
very informative. I bought this for my 10 year old, but I think I am going to hold off for about another year. he hasn't started asking any questions about sexuality. I am thinking age 11 is best for my child. But I do have the book on hand and if he starts asking questions I will read the book with him sooner.
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Amazon.com: 3.1 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! Feb. 10 2008
By K. J. Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son just turned 10 and I want him to be prepared (he sees his 11 year old sister "changing" and he's interested in when his own puberty will start) and has been watching for his own new hair growth. We needed a book that addressed his interest and possible concerns about what puberty was and what to expect for himself.

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.
61 of 77 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I thought....or wanted July 23 2008
By Maria Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read the reviews on this book before purchasing and no one mentioned how this book not only talks about BOYS but GIRLS parts and what they go through too! Why on earth would my 11 year old son need to know where the clitoris is?? I was pleased with the book until I got to that part! a full drawing of all the parts of a girls vagina.. they may as well talked about oral sex while they were at it! I also didn't like all the sex talk.. I wanted a book to explain to a boy about hair, their penis getting hard, growing bigger etc. and yes, talking about sperm and sex are fine, but talking about "coming?" inside a girl!? I don't know.. maybe I'm old fashioned but I'm saving this book until he's about 14-15....
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit ahead of time Dec 20 2008
By Kids Doc - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Excellent content and subject matter--just not quite written for the 10 - 12 year old male as this book is suggested for. I would recommend this book but for 12 - 14 years of age; just too much for the 10, 11 and young 12 crowd.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my 10yr old son May 12 2008
By Leslie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was one of two books I purchased for my ten year old son. He thought it was more graphic than he wanted. He read it second and so the topics were not being seen for the first time. That said, he has re-read both books many times over the last month or so. I think the combination of books is good and covers all the neccessities in growing up. Yes I did read the book before I gave it to him and approved of the content. The other book was What's going on down there?

Mom in St. Louis
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my 9yo May 4 2012
By C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First: Sex is a touchy subject for many adults, so read each review carefully before you decide which perspective fits your parenting style. I disagree with the poor reviews of this book. It was perfect for my firstborn 9YO son, and I will use it again when my 7YO is ready.

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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