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384 of 400 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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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252 of 263 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2014
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. She knows that these are private topics that stay at home so she's very comfortable saying things to us that might make others blush or stutter. I won't go into that here but I'm chuckling right now as I type this, thinking of the things she's said!

Finally I want to mention that we're a super conservative Christian family. I found nothing in this book that I felt was perverse or misguided or inappropriate. It is merely an anatomical book about changes that happen in early puberty. God created these wonderful bodies of ours and it's important to understand the changes *before* they happen. If there's something in ANY book that we don't exactly agree with then we use it as a teaching moment and explain that some people think dealing with emotions or friends "this way" is okay but this is how our family chooses to do it. If I am made aware of a serious problem in a book or one that is most definitely not Godly then we discard it but this book was well written and we've been pleased in how it has helped build our daughter's confidence in an uncertain and sometimes scary time in a young girl's life! We will be getting the version for older girls when she's a little older.
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175 of 186 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2013
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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97 of 109 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
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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113 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
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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126 of 146 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 29, 2013
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. Each parent should decide what to read together and what, if anything, you feel comfortable having your daughter read on her own, depending on her age, maturity, and what is happening in her body already. For example, my daughter and I had already purchased bras for her together so that chapter was nothing unexpected. There is a second volume for older girls which I also purchased to have on hand when needed. I am grateful for these American Girl resources which give a modern presentation yet retain a sense of innocence and dignity.
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230 of 273 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 25, 2014
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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126 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2013
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
"I sincerely believe this book changed what would have likely been a long-lasting negative memory into a very positive experience. One she will look back on as feeling educated and empowered, and thus equipped to handle on her own."

My ‘tween-age daughter has special needs due to a chromosomal disorder. Between her disorder and medications, the doctors have been clear she would almost certainly have early onset of puberty. A terrifying thought as the main area we constantly struggled with was hygiene, due to both her slightly lower level of maturity and issues with gross & fine motor skills. Things like brushing her hair and teeth were just too hard for her and sometimes too hard for me as well. I had tried my best to discuss all aspect of hygiene and puberty with her on numerous occasions but certain aspects scared her while others she just could not understand. I came across this book and though I really couldn't afford it at the time, I bought it anyway and I am forever thankful that I did!

My daughter is an avid reader who prefers non-fiction. The layout of this book with its short chapters and one page subjects held her attention and she read it over and over again. She immediately began taking the initiative to brush her teeth and hair, as well as wearing deodorant, citing information from the book each time.

Just a few weeks after receiving the book, she went for her annual visit to her grandparents' home, eight hundred miles away. Exactly one week before her 11th birthday I received a call from her stating she believed she had received her period. At the time she was home alone with her grandfather who most certainly would not have known what to do. I, of course, was worried but her immediate response was, "Don't worry mom. The book explained everything. I know what to do." And indeed she did. She had taken the initiative to call her grandmother at work to locate the appropriate supplies, which she used correctly. She was not in the least bit scared, concerned nor embarrassed, for which I give 100% credit to this book.

I sincerely believe this book changed what would have likely been a long-lasting negative memory into a very positive experience. One she will look back on as feeling educated and empowered, and thus equipped to handle on her own.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
My 9 year old has been having some body changes and this book is soo helpful!!love the pictures and how well explained to young girls!
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