Growing and Changing : A Handbook for Preteens

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School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up This clearly written handbook on physical and emotional changes in young people fills a real need for material on physical and emotional development which does not, at the same time, get into discussions of sexual activity. Since some young people are menstruating and starting breast development as early as third grade, there should be material available for them and their peers to which to refer. Simplified line drawings illustrate chapters on sexual changes; health and hygiene; and reassurances about weight, size, and time frames in development. The message is ``You're normal'' while at the same time readers are urged to see a doctor when certain symptoms are present. Format is generally question-and-answer, often including the ages of the questioners, most of them 11 or 12. Narrower and younger in focus than The ``What's Happening to My Body?'' Book for Boys (Newmarket, 1984) by Lynda Madaras, more serious in tone than Am I Normal? (Avon, 1983) by Jeane Betancourt, and unlikely to offend any parent, no matter how conservative, omitting, as it does, any discussion of masturbation or sexual intercourse. Ann Scarpellino, Ramsey Public Library , N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399512803
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/13/1987
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

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    I love this book! It's honest and down to Earth. I especially appreciate the questions that real children ask and the answers to those questions. My twelve-year-old can understand everything! Some people (including many doctors) wrongly believe that 'full disclosure' i.e. teaching the actual mechanics of sex is appropriate for children. I strongly disagree and, thankfully, it seems so does the author of this book. This book teaches about physical maturation, myth-busting, how to take care of the body, and that people are normal even though we are all different in the timing of our physical maturity. BRAVO!!

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