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Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing Paperback – September 8, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: It's a Girl Thing
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679890270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679890270
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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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.

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Customer Reviews

Information presented simply and easy to understand.
Carrie Chappell
This book is perfect for introducing your daughter to her body and the changes she will go through in the early stages of puberty.
Kendra Littlejohn
I had my daughters reading this book to me and I had to giggle at times.
A. Carter

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227 of 229 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2001
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I have been searching for a book for my daughter (she turned 10 today!) that will help me to explain some of what will be happening to her body over the next few years. So many of the books contain too much information about sex, birth control, etc., that I feel is more appropriate for an older girl (say, 13 and up). This book, though, is just perfect for her age. It touches on all the things I think are important (breast development, first period, pubic hair and so forth). The information, language and tone of this book are just right for a girl who is still a little girl but who will not be for much longer. I am totally comfortable with reading this book to my daughter and then discussing it with her over time. I am sure she will want to take it to read on her own later, too. A wonderful book that I cannot recommend strongly enough for 9-13 year old girls.
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158 of 160 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2001
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I was sure that my 8 year old daughter would find this book "yucky" and it started out that way: She colored while I read, pretending to ignore me completely as I described the changes to her body which will occur over the next few years. Occasionally, she'd say "gross" or act shocked that I would even mention such things. But as time went on and I continued reading, she slowed coloring and over time began asking tentative, then more direct questions. Several times, things had to be re-read. A few times, she mentioned that what I read was different, and less scary, than the information she had learned from kids at school. (I hid my surprise that I wasn't the first to mention these topics.) Over the next few days, I continued to read the book to her during times we were alone and during times she appeared receptive. I was amazed that basic information about one's body would be perceived as it were the holy grail of third grade. By the final chapter my daughter was drilling me with questions that amazed me, showing a very basic and non-judgmental understanding of the topics covered. Over a few days, she had transformed into a child who could look me in the eye and talk about the "yucky stuff" without any hesitation, embarrassment or guilt. When I finished the book, she asked if she could keep it in her room and read it again. Then, to my surprise, she hugged me and said "thank you, Mom. I'm not so afraid of growing up now. You're the best!" Thank you, too, Mavis Jukes. Your book will help lay a foundation from which my daughter, her father and I can carry on an on-going dialogue in the years ahead about all the "yucky stuff"... which we've found is not so "yucky" after all.
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1999
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My 10-year old stepdaughter started her first period while staying with us for the summer. I was worried about her comfort level with me in regards to the subject. I found this book in the local library and it was perfect. It is written in a straight-forward, but very comfortable manner. She read it front to back in about an hour, then she came to me and we looked through it together. It made conversation on the subject of puberty very easy. I learned things that nobody ever told me. I give it two THUMBS UP !!
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
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I didn't think I could do "the talk" alone and found myself discussing the subject with our librarian. That night, my 9-year old and I began tackling one chapter a night of this serious but friendly and often humorous book. She looked forward to the anectodes and I to her excitedness. Its overall tone harks back to Dr. Spock's "trust yourself" philosophy. Freely drawn sketches and shaded text boxes of tips and alerts break the subject matter into manageable segments. Thoughtful, caring and complete.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2003
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I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS PERFECT FOR THE YOUNGER GIRL (8-11 YEAR OLD)IT GAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION WITHOUT BEING TOO EXPLICIT. I ALSO LIKED THAT IT'S MESSAGE TO (YOUNG GIRLS THAT STARTED THEIR PERIODS EARLY)THAT THEY ARE STILL KIDS, NOT WOMEN. SO MUCH IS SAID AND WRITTEN THAT THE START OF A GIRL'S PERIOD MEANS THAT SHE IS A WOMAN NOW. THAT'S JUST NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO STRESS TO YOUR 10 YEAR OLD AND THIS BOOK MAKES THAT DISTINCTION.
ALSO ORDERED "THE PERIOD BOOK" BUT THAT WAS A LITTLE TOO GRAPHIC FOR PRE-TEENS.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 5, 2001
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My friend got a book on Growing Up and I wanted one, but I didn't think my mom would approve. So, I dealed with not getting one, but then one day while only me and my mom were in the car, she told me that she knew my friend had one, and she even asked me if I wanted one! I was so relieved. I didn't want the same book as my friend because I wanted to be different and not be the copycat (she usally is!). So, I came here. I saw this book, and I noticed that something was better then all the other books. This book was made for me. It just called out my name like my mother was saying, "Buy this book. It is perfect!" So I showed my mom. She said I could order it and I was just so happy. This book is perfect I would say for 9 to 13 year olds. I..., and sense my mother has a hard time explaining puerbty to me, this book is the perfect thing...! Thanks for reading!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Laura Haggarty on February 12, 2001
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I liked this book, don't get me wrong. But I did find it a little thin, especially in light of all the topics it covers. That may be a good thing, as most young girls don't need or want to go into a lot of depth on these subjects. But compared to several other books of this nature, I found it a bit sparse.
That being said, the book does cover a variety of topics, from choosing a first bra, to developing breasts, internal reproductive organs, external reproductive organs (female only, and not in depth), menstrual periods and dealing with them, and in several places there are comments regarding appropriate behavior by adults towards children (which I was glad was included).
All in all it's a nice book for the price, if you don't mind it skimming the surface, rather than delving into these topics.
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