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
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.|