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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152056793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152056797
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"One of the weirdest words in the English language is puberty. Not only does it sound funny--pew-berty or pube-hurty--it also makes us feel funny now and then as we are going through it. Not ha-ha funny--although there is that, too--but scared, awkward, sad, wildly-happy-one-minute-and-utterly-miserable-the-next, gorgeous, ugly, kind, mean, goofy, silly, you-name-it funny." With these down-to-earth and wise words, authors Margaret Blackstone and Elissa Haden Guest begin their wonderfully straightforward, useful, friendly book on girl stuff: you know, menstruation, peer pressure, zits, emotional roller coasters, health, and "what you never wanted anyone to know you want to know about sex." Homey tips about getting bloodstains out of underpants (and reassurances that it happens to everyone) and what clothing to wear during your period ("Keep a dark sweatshirt at school to wrap around your waist in case you leak through") are interspersed with information about self-defense methods, suggestions on how to tell when a friend is truly a good friend, reproductive anatomy lessons, and stress-busting activities. Sexual orientation is addressed openly and with a liberal attitude. Quotations and questions from girls add an even more authentic teen essence: "The cool girls are the sun, and I feel like I'm on Venus." Barbara Pollack's amusing drawings get to the heart of the matter, without ever being overbearing. This book is the big sister you always hoped for: reassuring, informative, matter-of-fact, nonjudgmental. (Ages 9 to 15) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-This resource for girls approaching puberty falls between Mavis Jukes's popular Growing Up (1998) and her It's a Girl Thing (1996, both Knopf), broadly covering female physical, emotional, and social development and sexuality. By covering such a wide range of topics in a compact book, the authors don't go into extensive detail in any particular area, but do an admirable job touching on a plethora of subjects of interest to this audience. Much of the information is shared by pairing frank, realistic questions that readers might ask with accurate, straightforward answers packed with facts. Topics include body hair and odor, nutrition and eating disorders, menstruation, friendship, peer pressure, stress, and alternative medicine. The chapter devoted to acne and skin care is filled with practical, safe, and effective techniques for dealing with related problems. Relationships, sexual identity, and birth control are also discussed but in less detail. Black-and-white spot drawings appear throughout. The accessible format, attractive design, and chatty narrative make this a worthy addition to the girls' development canon.
Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

If you have taken your time to read this I want to thank you sooo much!!
Krisi
While I would never, ever, ever recommend this book for girls under tge age of 9 or so, I feel this is an appropriate book for girls ages 10-16.
Meg Grooms - homeschooling@bellaonline.com
It is a well written book and coming.dictates well with girls about the changes they are and will be experiencing.
Edward Wilt

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Krisi on June 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just found this book at a thrift store, and started reading it after i bought it, I cant believe anyone would give this book a bad review, I dont think nine is to young AT ALL, when I was 9 all my friends were talking about all this stuff and I knew nothing about it, I felt secluded and not a part of my class at all, anything I did know is what i had heard my friends talk about but I never got to see the whole picture or find out what the missing peices to the puzzle was, until now,my whole life my parents have always kept these things from me and and never exlplained anything, still today I have not ever heard them say any of the words in this book to me or explain any thing in to me even though I knew bits and peices, I was to embarrassed to ask my friends because i had always played along, I didnt want to feel like an outsider because they thought I knew, and I was to embarrassed to ask my parents!! I love this book and will give it to my little sister when shes old enough!! These are some of the things I have never known the definition of until I read this book: Puberty, period, circumsision (even though are bible teacher talks about it,never told us what it was), tampon (how to use it, how old Ihave to be to use one,Ihave always been afraid to ask,) Ihave always wondered how you can put one in and still pee or can you still pee, now I know!!Read more ›
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Diana on April 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is very down to earth. I bought this book for my girl who will not read anything that is not clear or to the point. She found it very easy to understand and it helped her through growing up. If your a mother who wants to help your child through growing up without having that nerve recking talk by this book. If you still want to have that talk this is a great guide for both parent and daughter.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
Of course the book contained the usual about periods, anatomy and bras, birth control & STD's. Then it goes into "could I be gay?" Details of orgasam and masturbation (in my opinion encouraging it), The real shocker was when the book gets into talking about foreplay and even has a section discussing anal sex! Is this book for real? I purchased this book for my 9 year old and thank God I flipped through it first! My friend wouldnt even give it to her 15 yr old! I wouldnt consider this book unless your child is over age 16! I was embarrassed that I bought it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2000
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This book is really great to read if you're a pre-teen/teen that has some embarassing questions about "girl stuff". This is a must for any girl who wants to know it all!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
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This book started off great - talking about menstruation and birds and bees but got way too detailed for a pre-teen (discussed homosexuality, different types of sex, etc.) If you're looking for an introduction to the topic, this isn't it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on September 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading the descriptions and reviews for this book I purchased it for my 10 year old niece. Of course, I read it from cover to cover to see if it was appropriate for her, every girl is different. Anyhow, I found the book really cool and informative. I enjoyed the way that the author helps encourage the girls about changes. I don't know how much she will believe, you know, being someone going through that vs. someone that is looking back on my youth. It is also uncertain that she will be getting it this year, but she will be benefiting from it before she has her hands on it. I found it an excellent resource to help mommies get used to the idea of talking to their baby about the birds and the bees. (Speaking of which, it was pretty graphic - not that that is a bad thing.) It helps outline things that need to be addressed, and it can help you think of when and how to talk about these things. My sister hasn't seen the book yet, but I plan on giving it to her first. I am sure after her anxiety attack from having to realize her baby is growing up, she will appreciate the book as much as I have.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is much better than others written for pre-teens because it doesn't just state facts, it explains them. It is written with some humor and a down to earth touch. I would reccomend it for 9 to 12 year olds, as it explains the early parts of puberty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Meg Grooms - homeschooling@bellaonline.com on August 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I would never, ever, ever recommend this book for girls under tge age of 9 or so, I feel this is an appropriate book for girls ages 10-16.

Yes the book talks about things that may make a parent squeamish, but the book is there so your child gets the information you may not want to come out and say because you are uncomfortable with it.

At times the book is a bit more detailed than I prefer, such as the description of foreplay, however the book is never suggestive or graphic. The information is quite accurate and presented in a mature and gentle fashion.

This book is everything I wish I had known as a preteen and teen that my mother didn't share with me, instead I learned falsehoods from my friends at school. I am much more open and upfront with my daughters but I know there are things they want to ask about but don't know how to ask. It is for those things that I am glad this book is available.
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