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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-With girls reaching puberty at younger and younger ages, Ready, Set, Grow! is a timely and important book. In a consistently sensitive and encouraging tone, Madaras reassures preadolescents that the changes they know are approaching or they are beginning to experience are normal, natural, and cause for celebration. Humorous sketches illustrate the emotions and stages of puberty, and keep the tone light. Individual chapters devoted to breast development, body hair, height and weight spurts, body odor and pimples, genitalia, internal reproductive organs, and menstruation gently but thoroughly provide facts and advice on recognizing and welcoming growth and development. The author weaves in a little humor and acknowledges the conflicting emotions that accompany puberty. Quotes and questions from girls she meets in her travels and correspondence are included, giving voice to the uncertainties in a reader's own mind. "What's Up Down There? A Look at Your Private Parts" is a particularly on-target chapter, taking readers on a tour of their own genitalia with the help of a mirror, identifying each part of their sex organs. Madaras's earlier "What's Happening" books, written for older readers, include discussions of romantic feelings and dealing with unwanted sexual attention. Laurie Krasny Brown's What's the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys (Little, Brown, 1997) takes a humorous approach to explaining intercourse as well as puberty to boys and girls.
Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2-5. In her revised edition of The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls (2001), Madaras notes that girls are reaching puberty at a younger age than in the past. In this small, square volume, Madaras offers a spin-off guide directed to the youngest girls who are anticipating or undergoing the body's first changes. Goofy cartoons illustrate the upbeat, reassuring chapters about menstruation, breast development, and the reproductive organs as well as grooming issues, such as skin care, body odor, and shaving. There are medical tips just for the girls in this age group, who, for example, need to treat cramps differently from older young women or adults. The short chapter about sexual harassment is somewhat vague, but it offers solid advice in firm language: "Don't accept excuses like 'Boys will be boys.'" Parents and kids seeking information about sex and birth control will need to consult another guide, but this one is a friendly, accessible introduction to puberty that young girls can read alone, not just with parents. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Series: What's Happening to My Body?
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (July 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557045658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557045652
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She quickly read the entire book on her own.
mamabookworm
The book is written in words that are easy for kids to understand and the illustrations are clever and funny.
T. Abreu
This is the best book to help explain puberty to your young daughters.
Laureen Edelstein

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171 of 175 people found the following review helpful By sgonzon on October 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter. We read a little bit together, and then I skimmed the book, and she read a bunch on her own. The book is well written for girls in the 9-11 age range - I wouldn't go much below the age of 9, however, without being very selective of what the child reads (there is a brief discussion, for example, about masturbation and orgasm, which I think is a bit *too* much for a book of this level). All in all, I think it explained the changes of puberty in very plain language that a young girl can understand, and it's set up in a way that encourages discussion - although again, sometimes it suggests discussing things with friends, which I find to be a poor recommendation considering the age and topic. I do think my daughter came away with a solid understanding of what puberty is and what physical changes are going to take place.
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132 of 134 people found the following review helpful By T. Abreu on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I checked out this book from our public library and read it first on my own. The format of the book is several short chapters filled with great information followed by questions submitted by girls, which then the author goes on to answer. The book is written in words that are easy for kids to understand and the illustrations are clever and funny. In the other reviews, I read about concerns with the subject of masturbation. That is found ONLY in a question in the Q & A section of Chapter 7. I personally did not feel comfortable with the topic at our age group so when I BOUGHT our own copy, I just tore page 79-80 out and by doing so I didn't disturb neither the end of Chapter 7 nor the beginning of Chapter 8. Overall, this is a great book to get the conversation started with my daughter (almost 10) that has just started taking the leap from little girl to young lady. I have three daughters and I will use this book with all three. Hope this helps...
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just bought this book for my 8 year old daughter. I was still getting over the shock of my baby starting puberty so early, when I read the reviews of this book. We picked it up last night and read the whole thing. With each chapter, she became more and more interested and even kind of excited. It let her know she was normal, and showed her what will be happening in the future so she won't be so confused. The little cartoons in it were so funny. They helped keep it light. We talked very openly about everything. I am so glad that we got this book. I think it is going to make this whole thing much easier...espcially on me!My baby is growing up! BUY THIS BOOK!
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Single_Teacher_Mama on July 30, 2010
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This book has several things that disturbed me. Firstly, when talking about buying a first bra, it mentions going to mom last because of the embarrassment. I don't know about anyone else, but I would not want my daughter going out buying a bra with a "friend" or "trusted adult"!!! It also discusses "moistness in the vulva due to sexy thoughts", both of which I thought was inappropriate information for a young girl. The biggest shocker was the discussion on masturbation on page 80 in which girls are encouraged to masturbate if they want to and the meaning of an orgasm is explained. This book is supposed to be for "younger girls" aged 8-11, and I don't think the subject matter is appropriate for my 8 year old daughter who is beginning puberty. I recommend American Girl's The Body Book and Mavis Jukes's Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing. American Girl's Feelings Book is also good. All in all, I'm disappointed in this book. The things that I thought were inappropriate were more at a teenage level than that of a "young girl" which is what the book is supposed to be for. I will probably try to return the book, because the more I read it myself, the more I find questionable material in it! Moms, make sure you read books such as this before handing them to your daughters so that they are not learning things that you disagree with or that are inappropriate for their age.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By mamabookworm on March 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 9-year-old daughter, who is very shy about talking about anything "private." She quickly read the entire book on her own. Several months later, we read a chapter together. Then she wanted me to read another chapter with her, and another. She giggled at the silly illustrations, and asked questions. It was a wonderful way to start conversations about the experience of puberty. I had thoroughly reviewed this and other books before buying this one for her. The light tone and silly illustrations are just right. The information is sound and covers pretty much what she is ready for--lots of information about her body and the changes it will go through, not a lot of discussion of sexual intimacy or boys' bodies at this point.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter, who has recently been developing in area that were never thought of before. She had been asking questions and I was afraid to give too little or too much information. We read this book together and let me tell you what a great experience. I recommend this book to all parents/guardians of girls between 8 - 11 that are possibly thinking they aren't quite "Normal", because of these changes that are naturally happening to their bodies.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Rosenberry on April 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my 8 year old daughter. After previewing several from the public library I found this one to be the best for beginners. I wanted her to have all the info she needed to start into puberty but yet not to much. This book does a great job of explaining everything that will happen as a girl matures. It has great Q & A sections and cute cartoons too. I would strongly recommend this book to any parent looking for the first book to introduce there daughter to becoming a woman. You will not be disappointed!!
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