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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl; New Rev edition (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609580834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609580834
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,021 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My daughter read the book in one day.
Vanessa Ali
This book is very helpful and answers a lot of questions that young girls might have about changes happening to them.
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My 9 year old daughter loved this book.
Ashley Alaina

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319 of 332 people found the following review helpful By Erika on February 22, 2013
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I just bought this for my 9 year old and was so happy to see that had edited the previous version making a version for younger and older girls. It is excellent! First of all, it's branded American Girl which made my daughter love it without even opening the cover. It's like she knew she could trust everything it said.

I love how nicely it is organized and how it all leads up to the section on your body changing and getting your period. I thought that it simply described what is happening to her body and not to be afraid of it. I like how much time it devotes to the seemingly frivolous things such as pads, tampons, buying them, and how to be prepared. While yes, girls need to understand the biological facts what they really care about at this age is how to deal with it which this book does beautifully.

I wouldn't recommend giving this to your younger daughter without talking to her first, but it's a great guide and conversation starter - exactly why I purchased it.

I also loved how it devotes whole sections to overall health and putting the responsibility on her to get enough sleep, keep clean, get exercise, and make healthy food choices. Well done, AG!!
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189 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Joy on May 16, 2014
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I got this book for my 8-year-old for Christmas. Sensitive issues about body changes are becoming a hot topic around here as we begin to deal with pre-puberty. Because she is such a huge bookworm I thought this would be a great starting off point for her to learn about body changes. I think that this is one subject where you really have to take into consideration your own child's personality and decide how to approach these sensitive topics. With that being said I asked her to read the book on her own time and then we could talk about any questions that she has, leaving the ball in her court and leaving the door to conversation WIDE open.

The book has definitely given her the courage to talk about something she was very unsure about. She understands her body now and is actually excited about the changes taking place (I was NOT as a child BUT no one gave me a book like this or talked to me about anything!). I think the book has given her courage to ask questions and even given her vocabulary about the issues she otherwise wasn't sure how to articulate, if that makes sense. I think it also made her aware of other changes that she was not even aware about. No matter how you decide to use this book or other material it is imperative that you not embarrass or belittle your child. It is also imperative that you are there for them and answer questions appropriately and honestly. If I ever feel that something is inappropriate to talk about then I honestly tell them, "This isn't something that is appropriate right now but we will talk about it soon!" And then don't go back on your promise.

Some pretty funny "kids say the darndest things" moments have also happened because of the book.
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124 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Lancer on September 16, 2013
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OK...so...as a single Dad of a 9 year old girl, many questions have been coming up. This is a Great book for the two of us and very empowering for my daughter. Definitely recommend it.
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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Christopher H. Masterman on May 21, 2013
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I would recommend this book to any parent wishing to introduce the topic of puberty to their 9-10 year old daughter without getting into intercourse, fertilization, etc. I think that comes in book (for older girls) and rightly so. One step at a time!
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123 of 143 people found the following review helpful By DDTMom on March 3, 2013
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This has been a great book for my almost 10 year old and I to read together. She is changing but was completely freaked out by the detail in what used to be the one book. Reading together a book which introduces/addresses potentially difficult topics but using perfectly benign language and illustrations has allowed her to ask some questions, talk about some awkward social situations, and allowed me to gauge how she is feeling about herself. I can't thank American Girl enough for their series of 'advice' books; my daughter responds to them well and as I a parent appreciate the dialogue which these books help open up between us.
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95 of 110 people found the following review helpful By ZeldaLover on March 17, 2013
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What a wonderful book. Tastefully written and infirmative, without telling my 9 year old things she didn't need to know yet, such as sex. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a little extra help starting the puberty talk with their daughter!
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162 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey VINE VOICE on August 25, 2014
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I purchased this book for my 8 year old daughter. She is very inquisitive and loves reading, so it seemed like a good starting point for some of the questions she was having. I wanted to love the book. But it fell short for this family. We're more on the crunchy, granola side of life and this book was too medical and mainstream for us. It recommended a girl see her doctor for EVERYTHING. And we're just not doctor seeing people. (Sure, we'll go in an emergency. But acne isn't an emergency here.) I felt like I had to go behind the book and tell her some of the more natural remedies for issues and steer her away from this overly medical mindset. While I do appreciate the way the book was laid out and presented, it was not a good fit for us.
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93 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Cordelia VINE VOICE on September 29, 2013
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I wanted a book to help me explain to my 10 year old daughter the changes that are beginning to take place in her body without, at this age, going into anything sexual. This book filled the bill nicely. As with most American Girl books, the text speaks to the child respectfully. The graphics are appealing, not at all silly yet not overly-detailed. I appreciated that this book did not tread on unnecessary ground regarding conception, contraception, etc. As a Catholic, I have had a hard time finding books that were not too graphic, that did not go into subjects contrary to my faith or beyond the child's maturity level, and yet were not too vague or old-fashioned and which make the topic seem taboo.

What worked for us and for my daughter's comfort level was for us to read the chapter on her period together, after which I allowed her to take the book and read the rest in privacy. She is an avid reader and likes reading about health, so that worked for us and none of the other chapters were so startling that she would not be okay with reading them on her own (e.g. hair growth, shaving, deodorant, breast development, bras, etc). The subject of menstruation was covered well. My only complaint would be that a couple of words, including vagina, were not defined in the chapter. That was okay for us because we were reading it together (which I think is the best way to use this chapter) so I was able to explain. Also, the picture of the uterus (just a little squiggle on a girl's abdomen) was a little bit abstract, so I was prepared in advance with a simple picture from an anatomy book.

This book helped my daughter be comfortable with the changes in her body.
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