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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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53 of 53 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.
60 of 76 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....
11 of 12 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 Excellent, Informative Book Sept. 10 2009
By Kelley G. Lovejoy Grassi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book - explains in very easy to understand terms what adolescence is all about. My son (13) refers to it often. Answers many questions that a lot of kids are embarrassed to ask.
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