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Growing up: It's a Girl Thing

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The bestselling "It's a Girl Thing" has a new little sister that's just right for younger girls curious about what puberty will bring. Illustrations.

A guide for pre-adolescent girls to the changes that puberty brings to their bodies, including information about menstruation.

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Overview

The bestselling "It's a Girl Thing" has a new little sister that's just right for younger girls curious about what puberty will bring. Illustrations.

A guide for pre-adolescent girls to the changes that puberty brings to their bodies, including information about menstruation.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Helen Pavick
Girls in their pre-teens will find this book to be right on track with their health concerns and feelings as they enter into the complexities of puberty. Author Jukes discusses tampons, shaving, body changes, and everything in between. Packed with wisdom and humor, this book is sure to be a hit for a generation surrounded with myths about the process of growing up. It answers honestly all those questions you're too embarrassed to ask, while offering reassurance that what is happening is a normal part of growing up. Jukes also offers an encouraging hand to parents and teachers, who have no idea of how to discuss these very sensitive and personal issues with the adolescent girls in their lives. This may be the only book you'll ever need to cope with this turbulent stage of life.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A slimmed-down version of Jukes's It's a Girl Thing (Knopf, 1996) that explores puberty firsts such as bras and periods. The author imparts the essential information vital to a young woman's early development. Speaking with the sensitivity of an older, trusted sister, Jukes assures readers that the changes, or lack of, in their bodies are perfectly normal. She covers body hair and shaving, perspiration and deodorant, and how to buy your first bra. The second half of the book is devoted to what to expect and how to plan for your first period. Jukes details the pros and cons of pads and tampons and gives practical, safe advice for alleviating cramps. Sexual intercourse is defined as an activity for adults and used to describe the reproductive organs. Sexual activity in teenagers and birth control are not covered. The narration has an easy, comfortable voice and imparts accurate and important information while assuring readers that they can still be children even though they've entered puberty.-Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews
This informative and direct book for pre-pubescent girls discusses everything they'll want to know aboutþperiods, bras, tampons, breasts, cramps, etc.þin an age-appropriate manner. Jukes (It's a Girl Thing, 1997, not reviewed) gives the full scoop to girls on what to expect when their bodies begin changing. Her engaging style tells girls that "just because something's private doesn't mean it's secret. It's reassuring to talk and think and read about things to do with growing up." The information is candid and comforting, with an early description of her mother's matter-of-fact approach to menstruation and sponge bathing setting the tone. Readers learn about puberty, shopping for a bra, how to send a father out to buy sanitary pads, and a host of topics to help them navigate the awkward pre-teen years. Jukes's common sense extends to many aspects of girls' health, reminding them to take good care of their bodies, eat well, and relaxþthere is plenty of time to think and learn about growing up. (b&w illustrations, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679890270
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: It's a Girl Thing Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 89,664
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Great book. Just perfect!

    I bought this book for my 10 year old daughter who is just starting to talk about periods, bras and pads. The book is so perfect because it covers all aspects of girls growing up in a very simple but truthful way and it doesn't prematurally expose girls to things that they might not be ready for. I loved the book because it is not as graphic as other books which is just pefect for sensitive girl like my daugther. The book will even answer the simple questions around sex and babies in a very simple and casual manner. Excellent book for choosy and over protective moms like me. When my 8 year old daughter starts wondering about her body I will have no problem sharing this book with her. Many thanks for the author.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

    Mother of a 11 year old.....

    I was told about 'The Period Book' from a friend. She had her daughter read it at age 8. I went to Barnes & Noble to buy it for my 11 year old but while I was there I found 'Growing Up'. I sat and studied both books, trying to decide which one I wanted to get. I'm sure she would of understood the concept of the 'The Period Book', however I liked the way 'Growing Up' was written. It has good little girlish clip arts and discriptions. I think she will get more out of 'Growing Up'. Since she is home on summer vacation I'm making her read a chapter a day (the chapters are only about 3 pages).

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2009

    Girls Need to Know these things

    Almost every girl likes to know what it would be like to go through puberty, and this book tells a girl everything she will need to know during her daily life. I think it is the perfect book for girls between the ages of 9-12.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    It Was Probably The Best Book About Growing Up I had Ever Read

    This Book really helps girls who are close to their menstrational changes because it helps them by telling tham whats going to happen and not to be afraid and hopefully they have their mother their by their side!! :):):):):):):):):)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    SUPER BOOK

    I love this book if you are 9-14 get it! it tells you everything you need to know about growing up. I do not give this book 5 stars i will give it 100,000,000 stars!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    Fun

    i love having my piriude every mounth i wish i could have it more often -thanks to this boook

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    Terrific Book!

    I bought this book for my 10-year daughter, who was starting to really ask questions about all the things this book covers. She could not put this book down. She read it cover to cover in one day, and after she finished reading it, we had one of the best, most open and honest mother-daughter talks ever. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2002

    evrything you ned to know right in your hand

    Got to get this book teels everything a girl needs to know and it tells you the answers to those pre-teen questions you dont want to ask. i read this book when I WAS IN 4TH GRADE NOW IM IN 6TH IT prepares girs in those hard time events like peuberty and others

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    Whew! Now I don't have to tell her!!

    When my daughter was 8 she needed corrective surgery to repair a birth defect in her private area. I would explain to her what the surgery would involve and she would say. . . 'I don't want to know anything about THAT.' Now that she is 11 I think her curiosity got the better of her and now she wants to know!! Thanks for a wonderful book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    I WAS GREAT!

    It really taught me what was going to happen to me when I got a little older. I really would really recommend any girls between the ages of 9-18 years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2001

    RECOMMENDED

    THIS IS A GOOD BOOK IF YOU NEED HELP WITH GROWING PAINS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2000

    What this book helps you on

    The book has helped me further understand the cycle I go through each month as a young girl. My mother, teachers, family and friends have told me about this cycle but I further understood it's meaning and purpose by reading this book. I would suggest this to any age or gender.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    I like it!

    I have this book and it is really helpful in learning about puberty.

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