Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up

Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up

by Anne Katz, Monika Melnychuk
     
 

With a relaxed, conversational approach, Girl in the Know is a straight-talking little manual packed with everything a girl should know about the many changes she can expect in puberty and how to make her way through it all as smoothly as possible.

But there's way more than just the body basics —- the book is divided into three main sections (Your

Overview

With a relaxed, conversational approach, Girl in the Know is a straight-talking little manual packed with everything a girl should know about the many changes she can expect in puberty and how to make her way through it all as smoothly as possible.

But there's way more than just the body basics —- the book is divided into three main sections (Your Body, Your Mind and Taking Care) where girls will find advice on their sexuality, mood swings, crushes, health and much more.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michelina P. Bonanno
Teens and parents alike will find this enjoyable book to be chock full of information about girls growing up. It serves as an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn about the physical, mental and social changes that girls face during puberty and adolescence. From breast buds to bullying, the issues and answers are mostly here; if they aren't, the author directs readers to other resources. The illustrations are anatomically correct and properly labeled, and diversity is embraced in many forms. Girls shown in the illustrations of this book have glasses, freckles, frizzy hair, straight hair, wheelchairs, crutches, tattoos, piercings, and—most importantly—brains to help them make choices appropriate to their lifestyles and cultures. Girls and parents can use this book to begin dialogues about the challenges that girls often face during this time of rapid growth and change. The issues discussed range from the practical (Katz demystifies the process of measuring for and choosing a girls first bra) to the problematic (Katz offers tips to facilitate communication with parents). The index is cross-referenced, charts are clearly presented in user-friendly formats, and safety tips abound. Readers are sure to read this book from cover-to-cover, and then go back and read it again. Reviewer: Michelina P. Bonanno, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—This well-done primer will help guide girls through the physical and emotional changes that come with growing up. Using straightforward language and a no-nonsense approach, Katz's text explains puberty in a relaxed tone. The comprehensive section on nutrition, or "fueling up," is particularly good. Melnychuk's wonderful multicultural illustrations stand out as well. They are beautifully global and strike a great balance between cartoon and realistic art. These renderings combined with Katz's reassuring tone make this basic guide one of the better additions to the genre.—Elaine Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554533039
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Katz, RN, PhD, works as a sexuality counselor and as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba. She is the Editor of Nursing for Women's Health, a contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing, and writes an advice column in Health for Women. Anne is author of Girl in the Know.

Monika Melnychuk's illustrations have been featured in Fashion18, Chickadee, Owl, UTNE Reader and the New York Times, among other publications. She is also the illustrator of Girl in the Know, and Centsibility in KCP's Planet Girl series.

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