Gr. 4-7. Published in conjunction with the American Medical Association,
Girls covers the physical and emotional changes that puberty brings, along with solid tips about grooming, diet, exercise, and other health issues, such as eating disorders. The cartoon drawings of stylish teens resemble wide-eyed dolls and grate somewhat against repeated messages about self-esteem and embracing imperfections. Still, the clear text communicates concepts clearly: "hormones are chemicals that control many activities in your body, including growth," and girls will find plenty of useful information.
Like the companion volume Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen (2006), by the same author, this closes with an extensive resource section, including hotlines. Gillian Engberg
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From the Back Cover
Sound Advice for Pre-Teens on Puberty and Life Changes
Becoming a teen is an important milestone in every girl's life. It's especially important at this time to get answers and advice from a trusted source. The American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen is filled with invaluable advice to get you ready for the changes you will experience during puberty. Learn about these important topics and more:
- Puberty and what kinds of physical and emotional changes you can expect—from your developing body to your feelings about boys
- The importance of eating the right foods and taking care of your body
- Your reproductive system inside and out
- Starting your period—what it means and how to handle it
- Thinking about relationships and dealing with new feelings
The American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen will help you understand the health issues that are of most concern to teenage girls, and will teach you how to be safe, happy, and healthy through these years.