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The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know) Paperback – May 30 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (June 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802777362
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.9 x 18.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In a friendly, chatty manner, Gravelle explains the external and internal changes of puberty ... Its directness and simplicity make it a solid choice, especially for younger girls." -- School Library Journal

About the Author

KAREN GRAVELLE the author of Walker & Company's best-selling nonfiction titles What's Going on Down There? and The Driving Book. She lives in Long Island City, New York.

DEBBIE PALEN is a professional illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio. When not illustrating, she can be found doing yoga, writing, or reading comics. She has illustrated five books for Walker & Company.

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705 of 785 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ae86c0) out of 5 stars NOT THE BOOK YOU ARE LOOKING FOR! July 7 2007
By PasoCreek - Published on
Format: Paperback
I felt SO misled by the positive reviews already posted here that I thought appropriate to warn mothers of young girls or "tweens". This book is NOT the book you are looking for. Find the American Girl book on this subject and you will be so impressed and pleased with the beautiful way it handles this subject. Your little girls will become so confident and feel secure about the changes, rather than worried and confused by the inappropriate material that is in this book.

For instance, this book tells you that you can get pregnant if sperm is on a finger and it is put "inside of you". This is absolutely ridiculous in a book they are recommending to nine year olds to learn about growing up, emotions, body changes and starting menstruation! (As if getting pregnant is the only troublesome aspect if someone is "placing a finger with sperm" in them at their ages?)
The title of this book, "The Period Book", is SO misleading, and would cause many to believe it is a book for young girls learning about the changes coming to their bodies and why they happen. It is not, and the material in this book would be more for older teenagers or young women who have made the choice to have sexual intercourse, wants birth control, etc. Read it, word for word before handing it to your young daughters! This book should be called the Sexual Intercourse book as covers that topic far more than "periods".
ThIS author has written supernatural and horoscope books before, and other odd titles and how does that even qualify her to write about such a topic regarding OUR kids and a company like Amazon to even carry it? She actually states she is qualified because she has a 14 year old niece?! Give me a break! This book also goes on into how to position legs and behave for an OBGyn, getting birth control pills, etc. Why do some of you hand your daughter's over so freely like that just because someone wrote a book?
If you want a book that will make your daughter feel beautiful, confident, in control of her body and what happens to it, and proud to be growing up, look at the American Girl book here on Amazon.
I literally threw this "period" book in the trash. You will too.
To the author of this book:
SHAME ON YOU for using clever illustrations, a misleading title, and presentation on such a poorly written, completely off the mark book for young girls. You are taking financial advantage of moms looking for that special book about growing up for sharing with their young daughters.for sharing with their young daughters.
239 of 265 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ae8714) out of 5 stars Not Happy Sept. 6 2006
By copperone65 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was extremely excited when I discovered this book. I wanted it for my ten-year-old-daughter. From reading other reviews, the book was suppose to be about girls becoming wowen (getting their periods). I was disappointed to find that the book contained too much information about sex and a picture of male genitals. I wanted my daughter to learn about her own genitals--not a male's genitals.

The book does cover a lot of what girls need to know about getting their periods. If you are not concerned about your young daughter learning about sex--get the book, but if you wanted information only about menstruation, this is not the book for you.
54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ae8b4c) out of 5 stars Much-needed body literacy for young minds March 25 2015
By Jan Marie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I feel very compelled to write a review after reading the top-rated comments by panicked mothers. Here is my story:

I read this book when I was 10. I borrowed it from my friend, whose mom was a bit more hands-off than mine. I remember using it with my girlfriend, and a mirror, to find where our vaginas were. I didn't use it to masturbate. It didn't make me lose my virginity earlier. It just gave me the kind of no-nonsense ILLUSTRATED, not photographed, depictions of what I had to expect in the coming years. I loved this book because instead of trying to shelter me, it gave me all the best information and helped me make well-informed decisions.

I felt compelled to review this book not only because I thought it was great, and memorable FIFTEEN YEARS later. But also because these panicked mothers, who are worried about their daughters being "too young" to learn about these things, clearly haven't been to a middle school in recent years. Children--tweens--are having sex. At 11, before they even need The Period Book, and at 13, when that tidbit about the fingertip's worth of sperm causing impregnation could be vital, life-changing information. That was never me, but hey! I read the Period Book when I was 10. So I knew better...

So don't hide this book from your kids. Because they're almost not kids. And even as kids, behind your very backs, they're probably doing adult things. This book promotes body-literacy; it doesn't change the innate nature of your girls, or negate the moral compass you've instilled in them. As parents, don't you want to give your child THE BEST CHANCE to make good decisions? If so, get her this book.
63 of 75 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5ae8f0c) out of 5 stars I love this book, and now I'm getting it for my little sister. Sept. 20 2008
By Emily Anibal - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a must. I bought it for myself when I was twelve. I am now 21 and purchasing it for my 13 year old sister. For mom's who don't want their kids to read it, I'm disappointed. The title says it all. Things you need to know, but obviously don't want to talk to mom about. I spent an hour in the bookstore reading all the different "growing up" books. Not one other came close.

Things this book has that no other did
1. Descriptions of different types, colors, and textures of blood that you may excrete. It tells you what is normal and when to go to mom because it's not normal.
2. An in depth drawing and description of a pelvic exam and the scary tools used. The best around. (yes this is necessary, both me and my sister are anemic and had full exams at the age of 12)
3. It tells you to get a mirror and look at yourself. SOOO important. Other books may say it's okay to do this, but this one flat out says DO IT. There is no need to be ashamed of your body.

Mom's who think it tells to much about sex, it doesn't. And WAKE UP! We live in a sexual world, girls are coming into contact with pressures much younger. It's now normal to be a teen mother, a new highschool was built by me that had it's own daycare. Girls need to know these things. And there is nothing out of line in this book. It has black and white sketches of male genitalia and I would much rather be prepared than terrified the first time I saw one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5aee00c) out of 5 stars Conservative family gives it thumbs up! Jan. 31 2016
By C.Robinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
We are a very conservative, Christian family that has homeschooled our children for many years. As my children grew, I always answered questions openly and honestly but with age appropriate discretion. When my oldest daughter turned 10 yrs old, I knew we needed to have more serious discussions. We talked through many of the high points of her body's changes and sexual intercourse. I gave her this book to read on her own after that. Although it did indeed go into many things I hadn't covered specifically-like sperm on the finger- I thought the book was great. In regards to that nugget in particular, it was uncomfortable at first but after a moment's pause I was glad they put it in there. As a child raised in a very strict home with many friends in similar situations, I can tell you that intercourse is not always your biggest concern. Every "good" girl know she can't go "all the way." So, we get as close to the line as possible and still maintain a technical virginity. Unfortunately, girls DO get pregnant this way... Sperm on finger, sperm near vagina without actual penetration, etc. Yes! It happens. And if you tell your girls about intercourse, this tidbit needs to be included. It also went into things like using tampons-something I probably wouldn't have addressed in such detail but because it was addressed in such detailed illustration, when my daughter needed this information, she chose on her own not to go that route (much to my relief because I sincerely did not want her using them!). Information is powerful and confidence building. Making educated decision WITH your tw/teen goes much further than making decisions FOR them.
I give this books a thumbs up.

PS. I just asked my daughter about this book. Was it too much information? No. Did it make you scared to change? No. Were you scared to start your period? No. Are you scared about sex? No. Did you like the book? Yes, it was good.
So, I guess that is TWO thumbs up. One from mom and one from my not yet teen daughter.