Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body

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Being a girl isn't always easy, and growing up is far from a walk in the park. This time of transition is particularly confusing without a confidante to help. Meet Sarah O'Leary Burningham, a real-life big sister here to coach preteens through all of life's big moments, from first bras to first periods. Filled with letters and testimonials from real girls—as well as confidence-boosting advice and myth-busting sidebars—this fun, accessible, and highly visual book is a must-have for every girl navigating her way ...
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Overview

Being a girl isn't always easy, and growing up is far from a walk in the park. This time of transition is particularly confusing without a confidante to help. Meet Sarah O'Leary Burningham, a real-life big sister here to coach preteens through all of life's big moments, from first bras to first periods. Filled with letters and testimonials from real girls—as well as confidence-boosting advice and myth-busting sidebars—this fun, accessible, and highly visual book is a must-have for every girl navigating her way through the preteen years.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Burningham builds on her previous titles, Boyology and How to Raise Your Parents, in this guide for girls approaching puberty. In chapters devoted to the face and skin, bodily changes, breasts, menstruation, and physical and emotional health, cozy cartoons show girls cheerfully navigating new experiences that include shaving, flossing teeth while wearing braces, picking out glasses, and finding a bra that fits right. Burningham offers compassionate, clearheaded advice about handling the emotional ebbs and flows of puberty and includes actual letters from preteen girls asking questions about body development and other topics (“How can I convince my mom to let me shave?”). Candid reflections from girls on overcoming embarrassing scenarios, learning from first experiences, and developing confidence in their bodies make the content especially approachable. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
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"A solid and sound coaching manual for preteen girls starting or approaching puberty."--School Library Journal

"What a marvelous book for girls 8-12 years old. This accurate, reassuring, and clearly written guide is one of the best presents that we can give to the young girls in our lives-especially in an era where they read so much misinformation on the Internet."-Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves

"This relaxed guide, full of useful information and sound advice, would be good company throughout the journey."-Kirkus Reviews

"This is one mothers and daughters can both embrace with a sigh of relief. "--Retailing Insight

"This exhaustive resource is appealing in format, tone, and the broad scope of timely topics that it covers."--Booklist

"The illustrations, organization, and tone of voice are all pitch perfect for girls entering puberty. Girls will have fun reading this terrific health and hygiene chapter book by themselves, and following up afterwards with questions for Mom. Girl to Girl will help every girl hold up a thoughtful mirror to her concerns about her changing body, and in a way that should minimize obsessions with body image."--Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Professor at Cornell University and author of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls and Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa

"Honest, friendly, and super helpful."--Ladie's Home Journal

"Girl to Girl is the perfect guide for girls going through the many changes of adolescence! The friendly text, positive attitude, and expert information (from grown-up girls who have "been there and done that" as well as some medical professionals) provides reassuring advice for young women. I highly recommend this book to my patients who are looking for healthy ways to deal with tween and teen hygiene, practical tips for buying bras, and a whole lot more!"-Jennifer Shu, MD, Pediatrician, mom, speaker and co-author of Food Fights and Heading Home With Your Newborn, and editor of Baby & Child Health

"Girl to Girl is an engaging resource for girls going through puberty. Sarah O'Leary Burningham addresses the wide range of emotional and physical changes that girls experience in a way that is comprehensive, fun, and caring."
-Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Chief of General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and co-author of Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They'd Ask)

"Girl to Girl is a must-read for girls and their parents. Filled with practical, sensible and informative advice from an array of experts and written in a reassuring, big sister tone, it's sure to be a great conversation starter for parents who want their daughters to be confident in their changing bodies. Sarah Burningham has put together an important resource for girls who will find answers to all of their questions about what's happening with their bodies as they grow up. An added bonus is the wonderful illustrations which help ease your discussion about some sensitive topics."--Sue Scheff, Founder of Parent's Universal Resource Experts, Inc. (P.U.R.E.T) and author of Wit's End: Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen

"Girl to Girl is a desperately needed guide for girls ages 8-12. This "tween" age has been woefully unattended to, and has long needed a visually interesting and emotionally accessible book on growing up. Girl to Girl gives age appropriate information on girl's bodies and sexuality and does it in an engaging, unembarrassed manner. And parents of diverse backgrounds, who have been looking for a book to lean on and learn from, have got their wish. Real girls inhabit these pages and share what readers will want to know-and what they'll need to know."
-Pepper Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington and author of Ten Talks Parents Need to have with Kids about Sex and Character

"Ever wish you had a smart, savvy, cool big sister to give you the inside scoop on your changing body and emotions? Sarah O'Leary Burningham delivers! Practical and confidence-building, she covers everything from taking care of your changing hair and face, to a great how-to for learning to shave the legs. Going through puberty leaves some feeling alone and confused. Girl to Girl leaves girls feeling understood and self-assured."
-Alan Greene, MD, Pediatrician, father, speaker, and author of Feeding Baby Green and Raising Baby Green

"Compassionate, clearheaded advice about handling the emotional ebbs and flows of puberty."--Publishers Weekly

"As adult women we sometimes forget what it feels like to be a young girl entering puberty in a body image obsessed culture. Sarah Burningham has not forgotten. Girl to Girl will enable girls to navigate the sometimes treacherous passage into womanhood while holding on to a healthy sense of self-esteem. I wish Girl to Girl had been available for me and my daughters."--Kate Della-Piana, LCSW, Executive Director, Family Counseling Center

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 3–8—Adolescence can be an exciting time for girls-one of mental and physical changes. But those changes are not without challenge. Burningham's guide is a solid and sound coaching manual for preteen girls starting or approaching puberty. The author's voice combines a cool-big-sister style with pinches of a life coach vibe. In a time when girls may get misinformation not only from peers, but also the Internet, this book is a clearly written and accessible resource. Burningham covers the gamut of concerns from first bras to first menstrual periods. The information provided is complemented by Arnold's colorful illustrations, which depict a diverse group of girls with various body types. Particularly helpful are the use of "Myth Buster" sidebars and questions from real girls that Burningham thoughtfully answers. Parents and schools looking for an informational text on puberty for growing girls can feel confident in adding this one to their personal health collections.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-09
For preteen girls, here is a lively, entertaining invitation to the wonders and perils of puberty. Adopting the stance of a big sister and assuring readers, "You are meant to be just the way you are," the author of two previous books for teens (Boyology, 2009, etc.) gently leads her younger sisters through both inside and outside changes. Stressing the variety in growth schedules, she covers the usual changes--breasts, body hair, pimples, menstruation, and emotional ups and downs­--but steers clear of sexual feelings and sex talk. Conversational text and cheery illustrations provide explicit instructions for tooth-brushing, leg and underarm shaving, the use of deodorant and the insertion of a tampon. Occasional features called "Girl Talk" offer personal advice about problems from sweat stains, bed wetting and chlorine-greened hair to being an early bird or late bloomer. Along the way, Burningham provides recommendations from experts for fitting a bra, taking care of teeth with braces, eating healthily, using makeup and skincare. A chapter on healthy habits includes an explanation of eating disorders. The author encourages talking with parents and other adults and stresses wearing a smile. Cartoon-style illustrations in color add to the light tone. This relaxed guide, full of useful information and sound advice, would be good company throughout the journey. (acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452102429
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 203,292
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah O'Leary Burningham is the author of How to Raise Your Parents and Boyology. Still a teenager at heart, she lives in Manhattan.

Alli Arnold graduated from Parsons School of Design and illustrates a wide range of projects. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    This is precisely the kind of book that I wish I'd had when I wa

    This is precisely the kind of book that I wish I'd had when I was a girl. The author covers pretty much everything—from braces to bras. She offers sound, upbeat advice and helps kids understand that they aren't alone. So often, puberty is an awkward, embarrassing phase that kids can't wait to finish with. So many things are changing and it can be very confusing or overwhelming. Girl to Girl helps take the mystery out of those things.

    This is a book that parents should read with their kids. It discusses hygiene, hair and nail care, as well as how to properly insert a tampon and how breasts develop. There are illustrations, and while they are not photorealistic (they are by the same artist that did the cover art), they accurately depict everything. The book does NOT discuss sex. Parents may want to go through the book with their daughters in case there are questions or concerns that come up.

    The book is written in a reassuring, conversational tone and is accompanied by illustrations on every page. The advice is upbeat and optimistic. This book promotes a healthy body image and good self esteem while educating girls about the changes happening during puberty.

    Content: See paragraph 2

    Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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