Changing You!: A Guide to Body Changes and Sexuality

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An honest and reassuring guide to puberty for elementary school children

Puberty can be an exciting-and confusing-time for children. In the follow-up to her bestselling Amazing You!, Dr. Gail Saltz navigates the curiosity and confusion that youngsters feel as they start to notice the changes their bodies undergo. She also talks about reproduction and emerging sexuality all with her renowned brand of warmth and candor. This refreshingly ...

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Overview

An honest and reassuring guide to puberty for elementary school children

Puberty can be an exciting-and confusing-time for children. In the follow-up to her bestselling Amazing You!, Dr. Gail Saltz navigates the curiosity and confusion that youngsters feel as they start to notice the changes their bodies undergo. She also talks about reproduction and emerging sexuality all with her renowned brand of warmth and candor. This refreshingly accessible picture book also includes an author's note to parents.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
In a book about sexuality for children, it is critical that the information be authoritative, accurate, and yet accessible; this book qualifies on all counts. Dr. Saltz is both a professor of psychiatry and a practitioner. Targeted for seven to ten year olds, this is her second book for children on the topic, and is clearly intended as a guide for parents—a read-along rather than a read-alone work. The focus here is on the physiological changes accompanying puberty and reproduction. A "Note to Parents" opens the book and encourages treating questions from children as opportunities for parents to become the authoritative source of information about sexuality. Needless to say, that means the relevant adults should read this ahead of time to familiarize themselves with the anatomical language, increase their comfort level with the subject, and prepare to frame the presentation—which places sexual behavior strictly in the context of procreation—within their own moral/behavioral expectations and values. Brightly colored illustrations are humorously drawn and reflect internal and external anatomical details for different ages and with some moderate representation of racial diversity. A closing page of guidelines advises parents to respond to the specific information needs of the child rather than overwhelming them with unsought information, and to present information about key changes (such as menstruation) in advance of their occurrence. The accurate textual and visual information and the friendly tone of the writing make this book appropriate for middle school libraries as well; although the picture book format may make it feel too young for readers in this age group.Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- This is an introduction to puberty and sexual intercourse in the context of a loving relationship between a man and woman. The book covers topics that kids often inquire about, such as bodily changes and how babies are born. Bright, cartoon illustrations of the human body at different stages and ages and labeled diagrams fill the pages. The clear, straightforward text uses language that young children can easily grasp while the running commentary that accompanies the art takes a lighter, more conversational approach. The book concludes with suggestions for discussing sexuality with children.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
In the note to parents that precedes this chatty offering, Saltz says, "By [ages seven to ten, children] know that the sperm is in Daddy and the egg is in Mommy, so naturally they are wondering, ‘How does one get to the other?' " The answer is here, in nicely anatomically cross-sectioned detail, along with an introduction to the changes that come with puberty leading up to the egg-and-sperm moment, and a brief discussion of the pregnancy that may well follow. In both its address to parents and children, the text is appropriately reassuring and matter-of-fact (much care is taken to use medical vocabulary for genitalia), although much is missing. There is no discussion of birth control or STDs, and it assumes a values system in which sexual intercourse and having babies are linked, without marriage as a prerequisite. Cravath's cartoon illustrations are accurate and amusing, and take some care to depict a multiethnic cast. In comprehensiveness, frankness and warmth, however, the whole cannot hold a candle to the Robie H. Harris/Michael Emberley trio of sex-ed books and must therefore be considered an additional purchase. (Nonfiction. 6-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414798
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/17/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 140,942
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Gail Saltz lives in New York City.

Lynne Avril Cravath lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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  • Posted November 23, 2009

    The best one I could find

    For a long time, I searched for a book on human sexuality for my children who are 8 and 10 years old. A lot of the books I found were written to parents. The few that I found for kids were incomplete. But in my opinion, this one was the best by far. It includes a wealth of information in a tone that my children could easily understand, and it led to wonderful conversations between us about sexuality.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    This book is terrific!!!

    My pediatrician told me my 9-year-old was starting to develop enough where I should talk to her about her period. I bought this book, wrote a little note to her on the first page about how she should always proud to be her, and so on, and then we sat together - just the two of us - on the bed and read it together. The illustrations were adorable and made what could be disgusting, very understandable for children. She woke up this morning and wanted to read it again. It's very informative but fun as well. The captions on some of the illustrations are hysterical and really make it seem like an adventure, believe it or not. I would absolutely recommend this book as one you read together while you explain 'the miracles of life.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

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    i love this book i read it to my 10 year old and she was discusted with it but i told her that she would not think it was gross when she was older. then she kept on reading yhe book i was so nervous to read this book with her but it was not that bad. it was such a great book now she has just told me that she started her period and she was not scared at all. thanks for making such a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly recommended-just enough info

    Perfect book for a child 10yrs or older...To the point with just enough info needed for a child to understand

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    Greatly helped me talk to my daugher!

    I highly recommend this book for use in talking to your kids about sex. It was easy for my 8 year old to understand but, unlike other books I have seen, did not offer too much information. I thought it was a great introduction to a difficult topic.

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