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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"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: 225,307
  • 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.

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