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American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen Paperback – May 19, 2006

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Gr. 4-7. Published in conjunction with the American Medical Association,

Girls covers the physical and emotional changes that puberty brings, along with solid tips about grooming, diet, exercise, and other health issues, such as eating disorders. The cartoon drawings of stylish teens resemble wide-eyed dolls and grate somewhat against repeated messages about self-esteem and embracing imperfections. Still, the clear text communicates concepts clearly: "hormones are chemicals that control many activities in your body, including growth," and girls will find plenty of useful information.

Like the companion volume Boy's Guide to Becoming a Teen (2006), by the same author, this closes with an extensive resource section, including hotlines. Gillian Engberg
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Sound Advice for Pre-Teens on Puberty and Life Changes

Becoming a teen is an important milestone in every girl's life. It's especially important at this time to get answers and advice from a trusted source. The American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen is filled with invaluable advice to get you ready for the changes you will experience during puberty. Learn about these important topics and more:

  • Puberty and what kinds of physical and emotional changes you can expect—from your developing body to your feelings about boys
  • The importance of eating the right foods and taking care of your body
  • Your reproductive system inside and out
  • Starting your period—what it means and how to handle it
  • Thinking about relationships and dealing with new feelings

The American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen will help you understand the health issues that are of most concern to teenage girls, and will teach you how to be safe, happy, and healthy through these years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787983446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787983444
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased seven books about puberty to read before determining which books I wanted to pass on to my 10 year old daughter. This was one of the books I decided to hold back. The beginning of the book is great. It addresses: puberty, eating, exercise, healthy weight, height, skin (pimples), teeth, hair (pubic), breast development, vulva, period, and feelings.

The last chapter of the book is about sex and that is why I am holding the book for a later discussion. I think the basic information about puberty is enough to get started. I know if I gave my daughter the book she would read the entire book in one setting, and I think it is far too much to start with.
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Until the very end of the book, I was impressed and my daughter seemed pleased. However, I found the chapter on sex to be bothersome. My daughter is 10 and while we have discussed sex, I don't feel that a book of this type for this age group (grades 4-7) should be defining anal sex. I am not opposed to discussing sex openly and opening dialog in which we can bring up our morals, but I don't see the purpose in explaining oral sex and anal sex in a book intended for this age group.
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It may not be fair to only give it 4 stars. It is an excellent book that covers the topic thoroughly, but I think it is better for a 13-14 year old. Other reviewers have pointed out that the chapter on sex is advanced for a younger audience. I am ready to discuss sex in general, but feel it is too early (at 10) to discuss anal and oral sex. We thought about tearing those pages out and sharing the book, but have now decided to return and look for another book.
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I bought this for my teen and preteen granddaughters. It was one of 4 books that I found while searching for age appropriate books. It was recommended by the American Medical Association. Their parents have been reluctant to give any in depth knowledge to their girls. So, as their grandmother (with their permission), I have taken over. I was a sex education teacher for many years while teaching 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. They came with misinformation and a thirst for the truth about their bodies. This book was a wonderful start to answer the questions that they have been asking but that remained unanswered. I also encouraged my 13 year old grandson to read his sisters' books and that they would read his, too.
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I think this book is great! It covers a lot of issues tweens will deal with. There are sections on bullying, masturbating, and homosexuals. For parents that are conservative and uncomfortable on these topics, this book is a great to start talking about them to your children. Install your values when going over these topics, but don't sheild them or ignore them! Parents need to take responsibility for raising their children! Let these uncomfortable topics be taught by YOU, not others, media, or on their own! The book is easy to read and the pictures are cartoonish and easy on the eye. I went through this book with my 10 yr old daughter, I asked her questions on each topic. We took turns reading aloud and went over the pictures. She felt shy and uncomfortable on some topics so I let her read to herself it infront of me. Then we went over the chapters and I continued to ask her questions about what she read. I told her masturbating is a normal but not put items or things inside her and to value her virginity. I have a great relationship with my daughter and I feel it is my duty to teach, explain, and install my values to her. This book is a resource and starting point for the "uncomfortable talks". I have already lend this book to friends and co-worker and they really appreciated it! So be PRO-ACTIVE and RESPONSIBLE parents and get the book.
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This was exactly what I was looking for, for my daughter. We've talked about her body changes and I wanted something that would give her all the details, and allow her to come to me with questions if she has any.
I got two books for her, and this one is by far her favorite. She said she likes that fact it has quotes from other girls her age about what they have been through/are going through.
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I only flipped through the book quickly, so I have not read page by page. I was looking for an appropriate book to give my tweens to read about puberty. Most of the book seems to cover those topics well. It was the last chapter on sex that turned me off on the book. There is too much detail (in my opinion) to hand an 11 year old girl who is just trying to understand why her body is changing. In fact, the level of detail is something I would prefer to discuss personally with the kids when they are mid to late teens. I will not be giving this book to them to read and I caution anyone to check it out thoroughly before deciding if your child is ready for this much information.
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My daughter and I are enjoying reading this book. It explains a lot of different changes that a girls body goes through during puberty. It shows how to care for yourself as you go through puberty. It explanis how girls might be self conscious and to remember eveyone grows and develops at their own pace. It is explaining some of the things that I have been talking to my daughter about such as hygiene. I am enjoying that the book is reinforcing some of the life habits that I am trying to teach my daughter such as caring for your body, eating health, getting sleep, and confiding in an adult if you think something is wrong.
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