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A Girl's Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen, first published in 1979 and newly revised and updated, thoroughly covers questions about puberty and menstruation. The authors emphasize the positive (e.g., "Being comfortable with your own body is important") and use diagrams to familiarize readers with the inner workings of their bodies, including what happens during menstruation. A question-and-answer format in the last three chapters allows girls to locate easily the information they seek. A parent's guide bound into the back suggests how to begin a conversation about puberty, what to cover, etc. A thoughtful approach for young women facing changes. ; Jan.

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Gr. 5-7. The most obvious change in this revised edition (originally published in 1979 by Volcano Press) is the artwork. The design and the black-and-white line drawings, this time by Chris Wold Dyrud and Marcia Quackenbush, are far more appealing than those in the earlier book. The organization is also much better, with clear subheads setting up answers to questions about such basic, very practical matters as "What do I do when I get my period for the first time?" and "What kind of exercise can I do?" The text has undergone a few changes, too (there's acknowledgement of PMS, for example), though much is the same in its coverage of topics ranging from tampons and cramps to a pelvic exam. New to this edition are a calendar for photocopying and an index (awkwardly positioned before the helpful guide for parents). Unlike Robie Harris' It's Perfectly Normal (1994), the focus here is strictly on menstruation; this is not a book about puberty or an introduction to sexuality. But it's a warmly encouraging book, that tells it like it is for young girls. Stephanie Zvirin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 7
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Book Peddlers, The; 4th edition (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916773965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916773960
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Barbara L. Warren on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
My daughter is nine... I wanted something that would help her with "the basics" without getting into too much detail about sex. I was looking for something that would focus on HER body and how she is feeling... this book did that perfectly!
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I am SO glad this book is still in print. When I was 10, one of my girlfriends and I went to the library to find more books on getting our periods (we'd read Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret and wanted more information). We were the first girls in our class to have gotten bras, so we knew that we'd be getting our periods soon, and we were really excited and really apprehensive about it and what it would be like. We must have taken this book out for weeks, reading it over and over. It was a totally non-threatening, informative book that was easy to understand even without our parents' help. (In fact, I never even told my mother I'd taken it out of the library). Reading it gave me the courage to ask my mom to take me to the store to buy protection to have on hand for the big day--and when that day came, just a few months later, when I was 11, I was absolutely prepared. And it was because of this book. (I'm by no means advocating getting the book, giving it to your daughters and not talking to them about it--I think you should give it to them or read it to them with the understanding that you WILL talk to them about it and answer any and all of their questions).
The best part of the book, though, isn't just the technical information, but the overall tone of the book--that a woman's period IS something exciting and new, and something to be proud of. And I am so happy I read the book and took that attitude with me. When the day it finally came (my first period) I was scared and thrilled all at the same time--I knew just what to do about it, because the book had told me, and I was so pleased that it meant that I was growing up.
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The information is accurate and written in an easy-to-understand format. The line drawings are interesting without being distracting or confusing. The book sticks to one topic, and one topic only. This reassuring and informative book can be enjoyed by girls of any age. Since girls are maturing early, and need this information at such a young age, I appreciate how this book could be shared with a young child without introducing sexual issues that the child isn't ready for.
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This book will be perfect for my 9 yr old and I to use as we discuss her next few years. It is so clear and written at a level she will surely understand. I have read MANY MANY books but they all mesh this topic in along with topics which are too old for a 9 yr old. However three of her friends have already started so she needs to be informed now.

As everyone has mentioned the text and drawings are very clear. I was afraid I would have to sketch things out for her - but not now since it's all here. The more teenage topic is quickly referenced on two separate pages in this book - but if she asks I will just say it's for a later discussion. I will be using this book along with Nancy Rue's "The Body Book, It's a God Thing". Both of these books are very well suited for a 9 yr old.

I passed on "The Care and Keeping of You" and "Ready, Set, Grow" for adding in too much information that young girls don't need at ages 9 or 10.
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When my 9 year old daughter started asking me questions about her body, I knew it was time for the talk. But I wanted to be prepared so I searched and searched for just the right book. I didn't want to get into SEX or male organs (that's a whole different talk). We really bonded by reading this book and discussing it together. She is now well informed about the changes that she will be going thru. This is a great book and perfect for younger girls.
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By Crue Fan on February 4, 2004
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I purchased this book for my 11 year old step daughter. I didn't tell her that I bought it but when it came in the mail I just gave it to her and told her she needed to read it and then we could talk about it. She absolutely LOVED it and read it all the first night she had it. It is very age appropriate I think and doesn't give away too much information. Very good buy!
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This book explains menstruation in simple and medically acurate terms. It does not perpetuate any negative myths about menstruation either. I was very happy to see the section on alternative menstrual products, and also happy that it addressed the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome.

This book answers all the normal questions about menstruation, but it also gives great examples about how different every woman's body is and enforces the idea that being different is normal.

I highly suggest getting this book for young women to learn about menstruation.
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I was looking for a book that would help me explain the process of menstruation to my girls. I have an 8 year old and an almost 10 year old, and figured I'd talk to them together. They share everything with one another anyway, so it seemed the way to go. I was specifically looking for something that didn't broach the topic of sex just yet. I homeschool my children, so am not worried about them hearing about it outside of the home, and feel at this point they are too young for that information. So, this book was helpful in clearly explaining all the parts to a girl's body without delving into the topic of sex. I was disappointed that the author had to mention the words "sexually active" a couple of times in the book. I wish she had phrased it differently. For that reason, I'm not going to give my girls the book to read, but will sit down and go through the appropriate parts with them, skipping the sections I don't want them to see, or that I don't think are relevant at this time (like the pelvic exam. That can certainly wait for a later date). All in all I think it is an ok read and should help guide the parent in explaining these facts to their children.
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