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The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know) Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: But Need to Know
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802774784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802774781
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Called "warm and positive" by Booklist, this user-friendly book about menstruation and puberty doesn't just give the facts, ma'am: it addresses many private worries that girls may have a hard time talking about and offers truly practical tips that most girls have had to figure out for themselves -- the hard way. Light-hearted cartoon illustrations help keep the tone sympathetic and upbeat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

With the help of her 15-year-old niece, Karen Gravelle hits her mark with this accessible guide for adolescent girls. Frank and at times funny, the book focuses on changes that occur during puberty, specifically those accompanying menstruation. Though the scope is, intentionally, not as comprehensive as many handbooks on adolescence, the authors address nitty-gritty, practical details not usually included in such tomes (e.g., tips on improvising a sanitary pad). In addition to answering a range of "What if?" questions that would be embarrassing for many girls to ask, the authors also cover such subjects as what to expect from a visit to a gynecologist; living with pimples, cramps and "weird emotions"; and how to communicate better with parents. A comforting chapter about physical development draws an important distinction between being "normal" and being "like everyone else." Though sometimes silly or clicheed, Palen's cartoon illustrations echo the candor of the text and reinforce its kid-friendly approach. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Karen Gravelle is the author of Walker and Company's The Period Book and is the author of several other books about difficult issues facing today's adolescents. She lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

Way too graphic and detailed.
Michelle
It's a good book and my daughter and I have enjoyed reading it together.
anonymous
This book is very comprehensive and informative.
L. Gordon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

174 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Laura Haggarty on February 12, 2001
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I bought this book for my daughter after she and I had our first "talk" about periods and sex. It's a light-hearted book, written by a woman and her teenaged neice, and it is fairly specific in that it pretty much only addresses issues about getting one's period (not boys, nor sex, much).
The book outlines the changes which young girls go through as they mature, and discusses the various things which happen, both mentally and physically, as they approach their first period. It covers the options young women have to deal with their period, what to do if there are problems, how to talk to your parents about it (and listen to them try to talk to you!), and has a list of "What If..." questions which covers most issues.
The book is illustrated with line drawings (almost cartoons) which deal with issues in a sensitive but easy manner. There's even a spot in the back for notes or letters to one's parents. I'd rate the age range for this book from about 10 and up. All in all it's a good value for its price, and answers many of the questions a young girl has about this touchy subject.
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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful By W. Robertson on February 20, 2003
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I wanted something that would help me to explain the real situaion without going into sexuality. (I beleive there is one mention of why we have a period is that if you haven't had intercourse and gotten pregnat then the lining of the uterus will shed). At first I was a little put off by the drawing (cartoony) about tampon use... but then realized, you know, that is what they really are thinking and feeling and wondering about. I know I was way back when. I read the whole thing first then gave it to my oldest daughter at about 10/11 yrs old. She read it and we had some very open communication about things. It was a great way to open the door for conversation. I have loaned it to several other friends with daughters approaching that age. It was very helpful with information about breastbuds, and how it's 'normal' to not develop at the exact same rate and size... (I wouldn't have thought about telling her that!), and gave good practicle information about what to do if you start in public and having nothing with you, or various other situaions. The author and her neice did an excellent job of giving good practical information that girls really do need to know, and are probably wondering about. Make sure your daughter is at the stage where she can handle the information... I am not sure when to give it to my next (less mature) almost 10 yr old daughter... one day she'll need and be ready for the same information. A very good book! We also bought 'Period. A girls guide' it was a little more basic, but also a good first book.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), I am always looking for good, consumer reading material about all the aspects of health and well-being in women. Girls are going through puberty at younger and younger ages. Parents sometimes feel inadequate or embarrassed about discussing sex with their 8-9 yr old children. The girls have a right to know what is happening with their bodies. This book is written at their level and can stimulate conversations about sex and changing bodies with parents. I wish I had a book like this when I was 11 years old. I recommend it.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
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Every young girl who is worried or just curious about her period should have this book. It explains what happens to your body during puberty, the what ifs and freaquently asked questions from many girls.Parents- if you are looking for a book on this type of thing, this is the book you are looking for. "It's A Girl Thing" by Mavis Jukes is great, too.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Doty on November 6, 2005
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I'm a 65-year old single grandparent (grandfather) raising an adopted 9-year old grandaughter and understandably apprehensive about the coming years with their profound changes. Having read Reviving Ophelia (highly recommended) but looking for something to address the more personal issues of adolescency I stumbled upon this title. It is simply the greatest book at the perfect time. Even though we are very close my "daughter" admits that there are subjects that the book addresses that she was curious about and that I tended to avoid for obvious reasons. What amazes me is that I have told several mothers of her playmates about this book and every one has begged me to borrow it. Invariably they admit to being unsure about how or when to address the questions that all young girls have in the back of their minds about the physical changes about to be thrust upon them and even fear about what to say when "that moment" comes. I have "sneaked" several looks at the book and I can say that it is spot-on and very well written with great lighthearted illustrations. Get this book for your pre-pubescent daughter (or grandaughter!)...you won't be sorry. As Siskel and Ebert would say..."Two Thumbs Up!"
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DawnLW on February 4, 2005
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I am very surprised by the negative reviews of this book. While the book may not be "appropriate" for 8 or 9 year old girls to read BY THEMSELVES, we must be realistic about what many of our children are doing. I am homeschooling my children so they are not exposed to somethings that some children are exposed to at school but even I know that they are NOT living in a bubble. Sex is EVERYWHERE and every woman who has had a period has had at least ONE question they "didn't want to ask but needed to know."

This book has age appropriate drawings and I think explains everything rather clearly. It is not the author's job to talk to your child about sex. It is important that you read the book WITH your daughter. Talk with her!

Like another reviewer said, do not be fooled! Girls are getting periods at younger ages and they know much more than they are telling YOU.

I personally feel this book contains much valuable information and when used with adult explaination can really help a girl make that important transformation. Getting her period is a special time in my opinion, not a time to be afraid or feel dirty.

I think the chapter on gynecologists is appropriate also. What if a girl has menstrual problems and her pediatric doctor refers her to a GYN? Should she have to refer to an adult book? Why is everyone so secretive and so afraid about something so natural? I would rather my daughter learn all of this from me rather than some other child who probably will not have accurate information.

Overall, I think this is a very appropriate book for girls especially when it is read and discussed with an adult.
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