From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up This clearly written handbook on physical and emotional changes in young people fills a real need for material on physical and emotional development which does not, at the same time, get into discussions of sexual activity. Since some young people are menstruating and starting breast development as early as third grade, there should be material available for them and their peers to which to refer. Simplified line drawings illustrate chapters on sexual changes; health and hygiene; and reassurances about weight, size, and time frames in development. The message is ``You're normal'' while at the same time readers are urged to see a doctor when certain symptoms are present. Format is generally question-and-answer, often including the ages of the questioners, most of them 11 or 12. Narrower and younger in focus than The ``What's Happening to My Body?'' Book for Boys (Newmarket, 1984) by Lynda Madaras, more serious in tone than Am I Normal? (Avon, 1983) by Jeane Betancourt, and unlikely to offend any parent, no matter how conservative, omitting, as it does, any discussion of masturbation or sexual intercourse. Ann Scarpellino, Ramsey Public Library , N.J.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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About the Author
Kathy McCoy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist. A former columnist for Seventeen
and a former editor of 'TEEN
, she has appeared on "The Today Show," "Oprah," and others.
Charles Wibbelsman, M.D., former "Dear Doctor" columnist for 'TEEN
, is a nationally prominent adolescent medicine specialist and chief of the Teen-Age Clinic at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. Among other media appearances, he has done weekly teen-oriented medical segments for the KRON-TV "Morning Show" in San Francisco.