Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids: Where You Came from, How Your Body Changes, and What Sex Is All About

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Here, in her warm, wise, forthright, and unmistakable voice, Dr. Ruth Westheimer talks to kids about what concerns them most: the inevitable changes, both physical and emotional, that are a part of growing up. She tells boys and girls exactly what will happen to their bodies and why. She tells them about the new, perhaps turbulent, feelings they may have. And she discusses sex openly, with the philosophy that the more kids know, the better able they'll be to deal with sexual issues. She isn't afraid to state her ...
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Overview

Here, in her warm, wise, forthright, and unmistakable voice, Dr. Ruth Westheimer talks to kids about what concerns them most: the inevitable changes, both physical and emotional, that are a part of growing up. She tells boys and girls exactly what will happen to their bodies and why. She tells them about the new, perhaps turbulent, feelings they may have. And she discusses sex openly, with the philosophy that the more kids know, the better able they'll be to deal with sexual issues. She isn't afraid to state her position about kids and sex, either: "It's such a powerful experience," she says, "that no teenagers I know are ready for it." Dr. Westheimer takes special care to cite the possible dangers of sex - not only unwanted pregnancy, but also sexually transmitted diseases, including the fatal AIDS. And she does not fail to address the problem of sexual abuse. Of course she covers the topic of contraception, telling kids that the only foolproof method is abstinence. Clearly, Dr. Ruth does not try to protect kids from harsh realities. On the other hand, her energy, optimism, and sheer joie de vivre are evident throughout, and always contagious. In the end, she tells readers that "Dr. Ruth believes it is everybody's obligation to try to have a happy life." Her presentation of the facts, and her advice and compassion, coupled with accurate and sensitive drawings by the esteemed children's book illustrator Diane deGroat, are intended to help kids do just that.

The noted sex therapist discusses the physical and psychological changes that occur when a child grows up.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this primer on sex, puberty and reproduction, the noted therapist and TV personality "manages to touch upon those topics teens are most likely to be curious about," said PW. Ages 9-14. (May)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-- A chatty, direct, frank discussion of growing up. Beginning with ``Your Body,'' Westheimer discusses the physical changes that take place during adolescence. She moves on to emotions, and touches on such topics as peer pressure and sharing the telephone with parents. Parents are presented as good guys, and the author gently encourages kids to keep the lines of communication with them open. Chapters on sex follow, and include paragraphs on masturbation, homosexuality, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual abuse, and the process of conception and birth. Dr. Ruth offers her opinions freely, and states emphatically her belief that no teenager is ready for sex, but does not withhold information from those who are going to have it anyway. She says she is pro-choice, but does not want abortion to be used as a method of birth control. The book's brevity will appeal to the many readers who want their information to the point. An up-to-date list of further reading is appended. A good complement to Lynda Madaras's What's Happening to My Body? (Newmarket, 1987) or Eric Johnson's Love and Sex and Growing Up (Bantam, 1990). --Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689820410
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
1 Your Body 12
2 Your Feelings 33
3 Sex and Other Kinds of Love 48
4 Contraception 61
5 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 71
6 Sexual Abuse 75
7 How Babies Are Made 78
Afterword 91
Suggestions for Further Reading 92
Index 94
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