On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow!: A ''What's Happening to My Body?'' Book for Younger Boys

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Hi. My name is Lynda Madaras. I write books about growing up. I get tons of letters from boys. They tell me just what they’re thinking. They ask questions. Many of the things they say are here in this book. Many of their questions are here, too, along with my answers. So boys like you helped to write this book.

In her uniquely warm and funny style, Lynda Madaras wrote this entirely new book especially for younger boys to give them everything they need to know about the new and ...

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow!: A ''What's Happening to My Body?'' Book for Younger Boys

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Overview

Hi. My name is Lynda Madaras. I write books about growing up. I get tons of letters from boys. They tell me just what they’re thinking. They ask questions. Many of the things they say are here in this book. Many of their questions are here, too, along with my answers. So boys like you helped to write this book.

In her uniquely warm and funny style, Lynda Madaras wrote this entirely new book especially for younger boys to give them everything they need to know about the new and exciting changes that are happening to their bodies during puberty.

Illustrated with fresh and funny cartoons, On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! is the seventh book in the popular “What’s Happening to My Body?” series of growing-up books for boys and girls. Praised by parents, teachers, nurses, doctors, and especially kids, the bestselling “What’s Happening to My Body?” books for older boys and girls are on the “Best Books for Young Adults” list from the American Library Association and have been translated into 12 languages. Over 2 million copies of the “What’s Happening to My Body?” series are in print.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 4-6- In this obvious but much-needed companion to her Ready, Set, Grow! (Newmarket, 2003) guide for girls, Madaras draws on her experience teaching sex education (called puberty classes here) to inform boys about the physical changes they will experience as they start to mature. Formatted to include quotes and frequently asked questions from the male students in her classes, the age-appropriate presentation includes cartoon art on almost every page and a sprinkling of humor. Along with covering sex-organ growth, height, weight, and muscle gain, Madaras also discusses health and nutrition, hygiene, and "becoming your own self." A reassuring tone pervades the text with the buzzwords "normal" and "perfectly normal" frequently appearing. Apart from a few odd artwork choices (a frog is a recurring character), this is an excellent resource for both children and parents.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library

From the Publisher
"Lynda Madaras' books superbly pinpoint the changes of puberty while providing sensitive reassurance about what's normal." —School Library Journal

"Young people can't help but like the books…visually very appealing for readers this age." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"[Madaras'] easygoing, straightforward style appeals to young people who trust [her] to answer their most intimate and sometimes embarrassing questions." —L.A. Parent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557047809
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: What's Happening to My Body? Series
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 7.37 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynda Madaras is the author of 12 books on health, child care, and parenting. For more than 25 years, she taught puberty and health education in California schools, and she has appeared on Oprah, CNN, PBS, and the Today Show.

Lynda Madaras es la autora de doce libros sobre la salud, el cuidado de ninos y la crianza de los hijos. Durante mas de veinticinco anos ha ensenado sobre la pubertad y la salud en escuelas de California, y ha sido invitada de Oprah, CNN, PBS y el Today Show.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Don't get it for your elementary kid

    I would NOT recommend this book for kids younger than about 14. My son is in the 6th grade, and granted, most kids nowadays want to know everything about growing up, but after the first chapter or so, my son told me that he wasn't ready for this book. I read excerpts online, thinking that this would be a great way to open up communication with him and frankly, I was a bit appalled by some of the information given in this book for it to be an introduction for a kid. I don't think at 11 or younger, kids need a how-to about masturbation.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    Children's bodies are developing and changing earlier than when we grew up. Before Madaras' books I lacked the age- and tone-appropriate language to talk with my children, and I also didn't have my own facts straight. These books provide helpful answers to children's questions. Mine are too emotionally young to sit down and read the books independently, so I am reading the books and sharing the information with my children as questions arise. As soon as they are old enough, my husband and I will give the books to the children to have and keep.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    This is a nice started book for tweens, it gives enough informat

    This is a nice started book for tweens, it gives enough information but not too much. It's a bit low on things like crushes and sexual attraction, which I think should be included, but otherwise has good information presented in a very straightforward manner. I bought this for my 10 year old.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    It was an excellent book that you could actually relate to unlike most books!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Please respond asap!!!!

    Does a period happen every month the same day you had your first period??? Respond to- top secrey

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Masturbation is...

    Well. When a boy sorta slides his penis up and down repeatedly or for a girl when you rub the top of your vagina. It creates a good feeling. You do it by yourself in private.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Helps

    It helps me with questions about........... down THERE :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    To:please read if yi To:if you are agirl and have had your period

    Dont be scared because it does not really hurt that bad at least not for me

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    To top sercty

    I an crystal girl. No. They dont happen evry month as day u got it. Cylce says if you have period. You stop on seventh day and twenty one days before starts againm that is cycle. I guess. That wont be reguakr. Sometimes it is irrregulat.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Jay

    Whats with the weird and gay comments get a life. Jay p.s. i'm a girl.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Hannah

    Ben i miss u i love u

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Ben to mia

    Hey e u there?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Lolz

    **[•_•]** ponytail girl DF :-*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    To im a girl

    Hi so r u flat. Ben

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Penis

    PENIS!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

    For WHAT

    A pieriod is when a girl (like me) gets a wierd feeling and blood comes out of your vagina

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Hi I am Mason

    This book is really good for a seven. I am in the second grade .
    I have two brothers and four sistersm

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Wtf

    WtfwtfwtfwtfwtfwtfwtfwtfwtfwfTFQTFWTFWTFWTF

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    WHAT

    What is a period? PLEASE!!!!!!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

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