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Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing: Straight Talk about First Bras, First Periods, and Your Changing Body Paperback – September 8, 1998
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-A slimmed-down version of Jukes's It's a Girl Thing (Knopf, 1996) that explores puberty firsts such as bras and periods. The author imparts the essential information vital to a young woman's early development. Speaking with the sensitivity of an older, trusted sister, Jukes assures readers that the changes, or lack of, in their bodies are perfectly normal. She covers body hair and shaving, perspiration and deodorant, and how to buy your first bra. The second half of the book is devoted to what to expect and how to plan for your first period. Jukes details the pros and cons of pads and tampons and gives practical, safe advice for alleviating cramps. Sexual intercourse is defined as an activity for adults and used to describe the reproductive organs. Sexual activity in teenagers and birth control are not covered. The narration has an easy, comfortable voice and imparts accurate and important information while assuring readers that they can still be children even though they've entered puberty.
Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Mavis Jukes was born in Nyack, New York, and grew up in New York City; Princeton, New Jersey; and Berkeley, California. She attended the University of Colorado, where she studied art; the University of California, where she studied education; and Golden Gate University, where she studied law. She is a member of the California Bar Association and has volunteered as a juvenile defense attorney.Jukes was an elementary school teacher and an art specialist in the late 1960s and early 1970s and recently returned to public education. She writes books for children and young adults and teaches leadership, writing, drawing, and human interactions. She lives in the country in Northern California with her husband, artist Robert Hudson, and two teenage daughters. She has written many books for children, including Expecting the Unexpected, It’s a Girl Thing, Blackberries in the Dark, I’ll See You in My Dreams, It’s a Guy Thing, and Like Jake and Me, for which she won a Newbery Honor.
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I highly recommend this book to all moms and dads and guardians to purchase if they don't feel comfortable speaking to their daughters about the changing body, like my mother was. She never spoke to me about what was happening except for keep your legs closed now that you have your period so you don't get pregnant! Wow, thanks! Horrible advise and it left me scarred for life cause that's not the way to speak to a young girl who's turning into a teen and going through so many changes in school and life!
So thank you Mavis Jukes for writing this beautiful book that I found enlightening and it brought back childhood memories of growing up and my aunts taking the time to explain things to me! Best book ever!!!! My daughter wants the second book to this one and in time she'll get it!