- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
- Series: American Girl Library
- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications; 1 edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1562476661
- ISBN-13: 978-1562476663
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 832 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Care and Keeping of You (American Girl) (American Girl Library) Paperback – September 1, 1998
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I love that this book talks about your whole body, not just breasts and periods. It talks about taking care of your teeth, hair, skin, ears, nails, etc. The happy illustrations bring the book to life and give it a warm, friendly feel that appeals to the child in her. Some parents may dislike that it has "graphic" illustrations on how to insert a tampon, but you know, that is exactly where we are right now, and I am grateful that a book is addressing that. Yes, girls have vaginas and there is nothing wrong with showing them illustrations of them or how a tampon goes in. Her vagina is just as much a part of her body as her eyes or feet! It is not dirty or "inappropriate."
I recommend getting this book and having it on hand as early as age 8. Girls can start their periods (and other pubescent things like needing deodorant or a bra) as early as age 9. It's best to start having chats early enough to prepare them.