Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up

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Overview

Are You Worried about getting your period, wondering how to get rid of that zit, confused about all these changes in your body and facing all sorts of new choices? Most of all, are you wondering: Am I normal? Don't panic! Going through puberty isn't easy, but this incredibly honest book of thoughtful explanations, practical tips, and quotes from other girls ages ten to fourteen about their own experiences will ensure it's not the worst experience. Share Girl Stuff with your friends and parents, dip into it when ...
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Overview

Are You Worried about getting your period, wondering how to get rid of that zit, confused about all these changes in your body and facing all sorts of new choices? Most of all, are you wondering: Am I normal? Don't panic! Going through puberty isn't easy, but this incredibly honest book of thoughtful explanations, practical tips, and quotes from other girls ages ten to fourteen about their own experiences will ensure it's not the worst experience. Share Girl Stuff with your friends and parents, dip into it when you have a question, and read it over and over until what you're going through doesn't seem so confusing after all.

A guide for girls explaining both the physical and psychological aspects of puberty.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a straightforward tone laced with humor, Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up by Margaret Blackstone and Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Barbara Pollak (updated from the original 2000 publication), covers everything from body and hormonal changes (menstruation and acne) to the emotional roller coaster of adolescence to how to protect yourself. Do's and Don'ts sidebars and close-up categories (e.g., an alternative medicine mini-chapter explaining aromatherapy, yoga, etc.) offer factual information; candid b&w illustrations show such things as the difference between a circumcised and uncircumcised penis, and a girl and woman. A valuable handbook for clearing up common questions and misconceptions. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is a survival guide to growing up. Every subject that a young girl would like to know about is covered in honest and factual information. The authors interviewed and surveyed young girls and spent hours in sex education classrooms, gathering information and topics that were of most interest to girls going through puberty. A full range of adolescent concerns are discussed, such as physical changes, sex, peer pressure, friendships, and a very useful vocabulary. The additional resources, including toll-free hotlines, organizations and a recommended reading list for teens and parents are invaluable. The book is most appealing in its format. A must for every young girl, and the adults that nurture and guide her growth. 2000, Gulliver Books, Ages 10 to 14, $14.95 and $8.95. Reviewer: Karen Werner
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This resource for girls approaching puberty falls between Mavis Jukes's popular Growing Up (1998) and her It's a Girl Thing (1996, both Knopf), broadly covering female physical, emotional, and social development and sexuality. By covering such a wide range of topics in a compact book, the authors don't go into extensive detail in any particular area, but do an admirable job touching on a plethora of subjects of interest to this audience. Much of the information is shared by pairing frank, realistic questions that readers might ask with accurate, straightforward answers packed with facts. Topics include body hair and odor, nutrition and eating disorders, menstruation, friendship, peer pressure, stress, and alternative medicine. The chapter devoted to acne and skin care is filled with practical, safe, and effective techniques for dealing with related problems. Relationships, sexual identity, and birth control are also discussed but in less detail. Black-and-white spot drawings appear throughout. The accessible format, attractive design, and chatty narrative make this a worthy addition to the girls' development canon.-Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher
"The accessible format, attractive design, and chatty narrative make this a worthy addition to the girls' development canon."—School Library Journal

"Conversational, nonjudgmental, accurate, practical, and broad in scope, this title gives girls an idea of what they can expect, physically and emotionally, as they become young women."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613253352
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 170
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Elissa Haden Guest has written ten books about Iris and Walter. She lives in San Francisco, California. Visit her website at www.elissahadenguest.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What's Going On on the Outside 4
2 The Zen of Acne 38
3 What's Going On on the Inside 58
4 What's Going On with Your Emotions 84
5 Peer Pressure: The Good, the Silent, the Bad, and the Dangerous 108
6 Protecting Yourself 116
7 What You Never Wanted Anyone to Know You Want to Know about Sex 124
8 Many Rivers to Cross 156
Resources for Preteens and Teens 158
Recommended Reading 161
Index 165
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