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Your Body: The Girls' Guide (Girls' Guides) Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Girls' Guides
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1st edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312975635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312975630
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,297,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-10-This guide describes how a girl's developing body can be a source of pride, confusion, and shame, and the forces that spark those feelings. Brody looks at hot spots that most girls will encounter and how to combat negative experiences and emotions. She covers self-image, menstruation, sexuality, sports participation, nutrition and eating disorders, substance abuse, and counseling. Each chapter features a quiz on topics such as "The Big Question" of whether or not to have sex. Suggested activities to build self-esteem include seeking out a women's professional athletic team to follow or participating in a "girlcott" of companies that use unnatural body images to sell products. A list of 101 possible sports activities to take part in is a worthy addition to the section on using athletics for stress relief and healthy living. Unfortunately, the author's use of her own adolescent experiences sometimes backfires when she repeatedly refers to herself as petite and not needing a bra. Additionally, the emphasis on how to stay slim might confuse the young women who have just read that they should work toward being happy with their unique body type. The lack of cited sources and incomplete endnotes limit this as a research tool, but most readers will look to it for more personal information.
Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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" . . . easy-to-read book both fun and informative. . . Her non-judgemental attitude and conversational tone are particularly welcome. . . offers practical solutions to awkward or embarrassing situations. . ." -- Patty Lee, mother, teacher, and manager of HerIdeas.com

"Finally! A book that tells it like it is...Wanna survive adolescence? Then put this front and center on your bookshelf." -- Jump Magazine

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Brody's book Your Body: The Girls' Guide is a long overdue addition to the preteen and teen literature. As a psychologist, I have searched long and hard for a book to recommend to my girl patients who are entering puberty and have numerous questions. Girls need a means of sorting out and navigating this often confusing period, so that they can experience it as it should be: an exciting time of possibilities.
Dr. Brody writes with the knowledge and experience of a psychologist; the support, guidance and comfort of an older sister; and the understanding and insight of someone who has stayed current with teen culture. Dr. Brody does not bury her head in the sand when it comes to talking to girls -- she offers facts and reassurances, a realistic perspective on today's social climate and its impact on girls' self-esteem, and tips for remaining healthy and in charge. For example, Dr. Brody is aware that girls are confronted with issues related to sex at much earlier ages than ever before. She encourages girls to wait until they are ready for sexual intimacy, but also arms them with information to make wise decisions to protect themselves. I believe that information is power, especially when it's balanced with Dr. Brody's sensitivity.
Dr. Brody talks to girls about the challenges they face in growing up with the at times conflicting messages they receive from girl and boy peers, their parents and the media. She helps girls feel good about their bodies and their minds, strengthening girls to hold their own in a challenging world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
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While this book has its positive points, Dr. Brody goes into much detail about a young girl's sexuality, some inappropriate for younger ages. Consequently, those who hope to protect their children from this subject need to be forewarned.
While it has many good topics of interest, it also covers such topics as: masturbation, male arousal, intercourse, anal intercourse, birth control, pregnancy, abortion, date rape, and oral sex.
When my 9 yo daughter, enticed by the snazzy cover, brought this home from the library, I had NO IDEA this information was inside. It's entirely too much information for a young child this age.
Please be very careful when your daughters bring home books that look innocently like high-level introductions to a girl's sexuality. Please preview them. Otherwise, they may be introduced to subjects they don't need to know about at their young age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2000
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I wish I had this book when I was a pre-teen!! The writing is clear and informative and speaks to you like a friend would. The sections about health and the body are wonderfully balanced with the sections about health and the mind. A great tour to how girls can best lay claim to their body and spirit in a culture that can pressure them to leave that behind. I have given it to many friends, pre-teen and adult alike and they have all raved about it. It is indispensible to todays growing girls!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 25, 2000
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I was amazed that so much information that was so helpful could be in such a tiny inexpensive book! I mean I learned more from this book than from anywhere. Reading this book made me actually think that loving me for whom I was really was cool and I decided to give it a try. Now I feel better I eat better I exersize better and I even made my friends feel better about themselves too! This is a wonderful read that changed my life.
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