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Young girls before the onset of puberty have a curiosity about their soon-to-be changing bodies that needs addressing in a simpler way than for their older sisters. In the proven, trustworthy, Madaras-friendly voice and style, this entirely new book now brings them the same kind of thoughtful, down-to-earth information?but at a reading and understanding level that's just right for them. Responding throughout to real-life questions and observations from younger girls, Madaras explores the strange and thrilling changes that are happening, or about to happen, to them, including: the development of breasts, body hair, and body fat; the changes in their reproductive organs, both inside and out; their first period and all the complex feelings surrounding it; the unwelcome appearance of acne and new body odors; and, perhaps most important, how to respect and celebrate their unique bodies, even when the outside world is not always so accepting. Lively cartoon drawings throughout make the book not only helpful, but fun to read, too. Reviews "Offering worlds full of advice and a warm, empathetic understanding...On a level that is very much right where readers are...Girls who have read this book will feel like they have a grown-up friend sitting right beside them, helping them weave their way through puberty...Clever and realistic cartoons are generously doled out among the pages, providing chuckles along with practical information." Denise Mallas, ForeWord Magazine, Sept/Oct 2003 40 colour illustrations
I bought this book for my 8 and a half year old to help answer a few questions about changes to her body. She found it easy to read and understand (with a bit of clarification from me). The only book I was given on puberty as a child was 'What's Happening to Me?' and I wish I'd been a bit more informed. My daughter likes that she can keep this book on her shelf to dip into whenever she needs to.
Excellent. Perfect wording.
I read this book with by daughter and now she keeps it by her bed to read herself.
Ready, Set, Grow!
"A friendly, accessible introduction to puberty that young girls can read alone, not just with parents." --"Booklist", Gillian Engberg, 1 October 2003
"Full of advice and a warm, empathetic understanding...Girls will feel like they have a grown-up friend sitting right beside them." --"ForeWord", September/October 2003
"Supportive, down-to-earth discussion of what changes occur and why, written in language simple enough to be understood by pubescent girls." --"Publishers Weekly"
A note from the author: Hi, I'm Lynda Madaras -- What's happening to me? puberty is about change -- Buds, boobs, and bras: your growing breasts -- Hair, there and everywhere: all about body hair -- You grow, girl! the height spurt -- Bigger Is beautiful:the weight spurt -- BO and zits: a survival guide -- What's up down there? a look at your private parts -- The inside story: changes you can't see -- That time of the month: all about getting your period -- Yours alone: respecting and protecting your body.
ISBN: 9781557045652 ISBN-10: 1557045658 Series: What's Happening to My Body? Audience:
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old For Grades: 4 - 6 Format:
Number Of Pages: 128 Published: 14th July 2003 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 17.8
Weight (kg): 0.17