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The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls Paperback – February 26, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Girl; 2 edition (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609580427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609580421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Cara Natterson is a pediatrician, consultant, and award-winning author. She grew up in Los Angeles, dreaming of helping others. After medical school and training to be a pediatrician, she returned to her hometown where she worked as a primary care doctor. Her experiences were extraordinary and she learned first hand how difficult it can be for parents to navigate all of the information (good and bad) thrust at them. That's when Cara started writing books. At first she focused on medical issues, but over time her writing shifted to the most common fears and misconceptions about pediatric health.

Working on "The Care and Keeping of You" series has been a career highlight. With more than 4 million copies sold, these books speak directly to tweens and teens, much like Cara used to do in the office. They provide important information about growing up without creating anxiety. Today, Cara is a leading consultant and speaker in the tween health space.

Cara doesn't just know this topic, she lives it: she has a 10-year old daughter and an 8-year old son. She graduated from Harvard College and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Customer Reviews

My daughter has enjoyed reading the book.
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This is a great book to help girls understand their bodies and what is to come.
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This is a very tasteful and informative book.
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271 of 276 people found the following review helpful By MKinz on January 24, 2013
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I purchased the first AG Care and Keeping of You for my daughter when she was almost 9 years old. I wanted her to understand her body and be prepared with the changes that were coming so she wasn't worried about it. The first one was an excellent book and very tastefully done. This second book does not disappoint. My daughter is now 11 (almost 12) and was in need of a bit more detailed information now. This book provides just enough, but again, it is very tastefully done. If my daughter were even 15 or 16 years old, this news would probably be old news to her. However, because of my daughter's age and being just at the beginning of puberty, this book is perfect timing. She and I both read it and it was a good sounding board because it helped her to formulate new questions about things she didn't know yet. So, it was a good jump off point to get healthy conversations rolling. I love that AG deals with the emotional/self-esteem side of the issues and not just the factual health side of the issues. After all, aren't emotions part of everyone's health and well-being? My daughter liked the Q&A sections and said they were very helpful.

Even though this book is a bit more in depth than the first one, it still uses the tasteful illustrations when discussing topics such as reproductive organs, breasts, and tampon tips. It also deals with breast exams and breast cancer, mentioning how it would be rare for someone this young to get breast cancer, but that it is important to know and understand your overall breast health as you grow up.

I would definitely recommend this book.
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150 of 160 people found the following review helpful By amazonbuyer on January 24, 2013
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As this book title states, this version of "The Care and Keeping of You" is for older girls. It could very easily be used with girls approaching puberty as long as parents are comfortable with the several illustrations which I will mention later. I think the aspect I appreciate most about this book is that it not only presents the facts of the sexual maturation process, but also addressed other issues that accompany the emotional and social aspects that weave themselves into this very confusing growth period.

The girls' favorite aspect of this book was not so much the technical information about puberty, instead they really appreciated the "Help! Q&A" section at the end of each chapter. These (as well as other sections) give very practical options regarding how to deal with the common, yet uncomfortable or confusing situations in which they find themselves as their bodies, social interactions, and perspectives are changing.

Parents appreciated the last chapter, "Your Body, Your World" which emphasizes 1) the importance girls making effort family to connect with their family, 2) selecting good friends/being careful with sharing personal information, 3) being strong enough to say no to bad choices, and 4) consulting with parents before making permanent and temporary changes to their hair or body. Above all they appreciated the fact that the book often directs the girls to their parents as safe people who generally have their best interest in mind.

The diagrams with which some girls and some parents may feel discomfort are found in "The Anatomy of You": 1) illustrations and correct terminology of female sexual organ/s, reproductive organs, and breasts, 2) clear illustration of how to preform a self examination of breasts, and 3) how to insert a tampon.
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112 of 122 people found the following review helpful By S. Siepel VINE VOICE on February 25, 2013
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When my girls were in 3rd grade I gave them each a copy of the first The Care & Keeping of You. I loved the way this book talked about taking care of your entire body head-to-toe and the changes that were about to happen without delving into sex ed. So I was very interested in how they handled The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls. (By older, they mean 10 years and up. I would say 4th grade and up.)

I had my girls (now in 6th and 8th grades) review this book with me. We all agree that it covers important topics in a relevent and readable way, again without touching on the subject of sex. (There are other great resources on that topic.)

The Care and Keeping of You 2 covers:
1. Back to Body Basics, which includes eating right, the need to sleep, how to keep clean and pimple care
2. Girl Stuff, this section includes basic female anatomy, hormone facts, body changes, how to pick a bra, all about periods,and how to wear a tampon.
3. It's All in Your Head talks about the changes in your brain and emotions. It also covers body image and the need to excerise.
4.Your Body, Your World covers famiy dynamics (how to get along with siblings and maintaining healthy relationships with your parents), Peer pressure and family rules (the book emphasizes the need to obey and respect your parents, and not to expect to do everything your friends are allowed to do.) It speaks to developing your own style, but cautions against showing too much of yourself to others.

The book also touches on Internet safety and when to go to an adult for help.
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