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The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)
     

The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)

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by Karen Gravelle
 

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The essential guidebook for every girl.

The Period Book is a reassuring must-read for every girl about to have her period, and every parent wishing to prepare a daughter for this important milestone. With more than 300,000 copies sold, The Period Book stands out from the pack by specifically addressing younger girls. And with eleven now the

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The essential guidebook for every girl.

The Period Book is a reassuring must-read for every girl about to have her period, and every parent wishing to prepare a daughter for this important milestone. With more than 300,000 copies sold, The Period Book stands out from the pack by specifically addressing younger girls. And with eleven now the average age at which girls get their period, this supportive and practical approach, providing clear and sensitive answers to common questions, is evern more welcome today.

The revised edition includes a new introduction for parents and an additional chapter about body image.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
With the help of her 15-year-old niece, Karen Gravelle hits her mark with this accessible guide for adolescent girls. Frank and at times funny, the book focuses on changes that occur during puberty, specifically those accompanying menstruation. Though the scope is, intentionally, not as comprehensive as many handbooks on adolescence, the authors address nitty-gritty, practical details not usually included in such tomes (e.g., tips on improvising a sanitary pad). In addition to answering a range of 'What if?' questions that would be embarrassing for many girls to ask, the authors also cover such subjects as what to expect from a visit to a gynecologist; living with pimples, cramps and 'weird emotions'; and how to communicate better with parents. A comforting chapter about physical development draws an important distinction between being 'normal' and being 'like everyone else.' Though sometimes silly or clichéed, Palen's cartoon illustrations echo the candor of the text and reinforce its kid-friendly approach.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With the help of her 15-year-old niece, Karen Gravelle hits her mark with this accessible guide for adolescent girls. Frank and at times funny, the book focuses on changes that occur during puberty, specifically those accompanying menstruation. Though the scope is, intentionally, not as comprehensive as many handbooks on adolescence, the authors address nitty-gritty, practical details not usually included in such tomes (e.g., tips on improvising a sanitary pad). In addition to answering a range of "What if?" questions that would be embarrassing for many girls to ask, the authors also cover such subjects as what to expect from a visit to a gynecologist; living with pimples, cramps and "weird emotions"; and how to communicate better with parents. A comforting chapter about physical development draws an important distinction between being "normal" and being "like everyone else." Though sometimes silly or cliched, Palen's cartoon illustrations echo the candor of the text and reinforce its kid-friendly approach. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Sexuality books usually upset me. It's not the subject matter. It's just that they put information for a four-year-old in the same book with information for a nine-year-old. So I'll be reading along about how babies are made and suddenly I turn the page and we're discussing orgasm. Gravelle's The Period Book is perfect for girls, 8-11, who are beginning to wonder about getting their periods. When my son was in this phase, he didn't want to read aloud about these things, but my nine-almost ten-year-old daughter does. She and I read this book from cover to cover and almost every page helped her ask a question. We had a wonderful conversation about how all women are connected-and how any woman, anywhere, would be happy to lend you necessary supplies if you suddenly got your period and had none. The book has great suggestions to prepare young girls, and one of the best things we did was take a field trip to discover useful items in our bathroom.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In a friendly, chatty manner, Gravelle explains the external and internal changes of puberty. She gives girls just enough practical details to know what to expect and how to cope with periods. Questions about big and little matters are answered in the same reassuring, sisterly vein. Humorous line drawings add to the light tone. Similar to Period (Volcano, 1991) by Gardner-Loulan, Lopez, and Quackenbush, this title is more direct, has fewer distractions, and the information is well indexed. While it doesn't replace a comprehensive work like Lynda Madaras's The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls (Newmarket, 1987), its directness and simplicity makes it a solid choice, especially for younger girls.Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Stephanie Zvirin
Although this book is far less thorough than Bourgeois and Wolfish's "Changes in You and Me" (1994), and its comical and not always adequate sketches leave a lot to be desired, it still has a few nice features that may make it a good added purchase. The tone is warm and positive, and the explanations are generally easy to follow as Gravelle and her 15-year-old niece Jennifer enlighten girls about pubertal changes, reproductive anatomy, and menstruation, and answer a few common questions. Of particular note is the practical advice for coping with the unexpected arrival of a period. A closing chapter, "What Your Parents Might Like to Say to You," is also nicely handled. An informal catchall of parental perspectives (from both dads and moms), this section avoids being overly preachy or maudlin as it celebrates menstruation and, from a concerned parents' viewpoint, attends to some of the pressures that come with sexual maturity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606109031
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
04/01/1996
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

KAREN GRAVELLE the author of Walker & Company's best-selling nonfiction titles What's Going on Down There? and The Driving Book. She lives in Long Island City, New York.

DEBBIE PALEN is a professional illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio. When not illustrating, she can be found doing yoga, writing, or reading comics. She has illustrated five books for Walker & Company.

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Period Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I read it all in one night!I think it explains the many changes a girl my age will go through in a friendly 'girl talk' way. A way girls ages 9-12 would understand.I would never not recommend this book. I think you will be so happy (like I was)that you chose this book over others. So buy NOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were parts of this book that I deemed inappropriate for my 9 year old; though her body has started to change, and I wanted to prepare her for what would be happening in the next year or so, she does not need to know about the sexuality issues addressed in the book. I put it away for a few years.
PJNJ More than 1 year ago
I have purchased this book a couple of times for young girls in my family. It is a great introduction for them to the changes their bobies will be going through in the near future. It is written on a level that is easily understood by young girls from 8-12 years of age and the illustrations are good also. This book could also be used in a classroom environment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book!but i recomand kids through 9-14 should read this look!!!!! and i recomand all grils to read this it prepares u for the day of ure first period! so keep on reading!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This bookwas a good book explaining periods, and som other stuff. It also had a few graphic drawings... I would reccomend this book if you need advice on what to do when you get your period and how you get it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I read it nonstop. I think this book explains the many changes you will go through, in a way kids can easily understand.It gives many questions, answers and many situations you you might undergo.By the way, the cartoons give you a good laugh to comfort you even more. I will keep this book to relate to in the futre, when I actually start my period. It will make you feel happy, and confident about this new phase in life.I would definitly recommend it, and it is a must-have for every girl. Thanks Karen Gravelle! Lydia Dilworth-age 10
krumwiede1 More than 1 year ago
is it good? Is the book good or not? i am in 5th grade. i need a bra and am too scared to ask. any tips? when responding write 'to megan K'
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I recomend this book to a little bit older kids because this book is a little graphic in someways.But other than that i realy love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explains everything you want to know about. Periods, and changes! I reccomend this book to girls ages 11-14. This book really helped me through some tough times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about explaining what a young girls body is going through. I felt the book was so informational that I bought a copy for each of my daughters. They really learned alot about periods, hormones and puberity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The information in this book is very helpful with anything that has to do with menstruation, from pads and tampons, to PMS, to other body changes that come with puberty. It's a great book for sharing, and recommended for girls ages 9-12, grades 4-7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew alot of the stuff that they are taking about from school.But if you don't know a lot about periods i recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book made it easy to understand what was happening to me. It has gr8 pictures to describe what is happening in a funny way. what are you waiting for gooooooo get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was soooooo good!!!!!!!! It told me everything I needed to know about my period before it started!!!!!!!! I am glad that i told me all that stuff so i do not have to ask about it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I konw a lot more about my body now because I read The Period Book!!!!!! I think Girls should read it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great book, but very detailed. Some girls might not be able to handle it. It is great informtaion to know though!