From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-A slimmed-down version of Jukes's It's a Girl Thing (Knopf, 1996) that explores puberty firsts such as bras and periods. The author imparts the essential information vital to a young woman's early development. Speaking with the sensitivity of an older, trusted sister, Jukes assures readers that the changes, or lack of, in their bodies are perfectly normal. She covers body hair and shaving, perspiration and deodorant, and how to buy your first bra. The second half of the book is devoted to what to expect and how to plan for your first period. Jukes details the pros and cons of pads and tampons and gives practical, safe advice for alleviating cramps. Sexual intercourse is defined as an activity for adults and used to describe the reproductive organs. Sexual activity in teenagers and birth control are not covered. The narration has an easy, comfortable voice and imparts accurate and important information while assuring readers that they can still be children even though they've entered puberty.Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The title gives a slight hint, but librarians and readers may still be surprised to discover that despite a few organizational changes, some slight rewriting, and the addition of a short section dealing with privacy issues, this is basically little more than the first three chapters of Jukes' 1996 It's a Girl Thing
. The openness and warm, if sometimes gushy, enthusiasm ("the bra smelled so new and delicious") of the first book are still apparent, and once again Jukes calls up personal anecdotes about her own puberty during the late 1950s as she introduces girls to their sexual anatomy, menstruation, and a few related topics. Although a number of more detailed books on those subjects exist--among them, The Period Book
(1996), by Karen Gravelle and her daughter, Jennifer--this one, which has an excellent section on bras, may suit girls on the new end of the puberty continuum. Stephanie Zvirin
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.