Poppy Pretzel: Passage into Puberty

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The onset of puberty can be mystifying and frightening for a young girl. To make it worse many young girls are often too embarrassed to ask questions or to seek reassurance. Poppy Ptretzel: Passage into Puberty is the story of young girl and how she copes and learns about her own journey from pre-pubescent child into puberty. Poppy wakes up one morning to find she has started her periods. She finds the experience puzzling and perplexing — should she confide in her friends or not? Why is she feeling so tired and ...

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Overview

The onset of puberty can be mystifying and frightening for a young girl. To make it worse many young girls are often too embarrassed to ask questions or to seek reassurance. Poppy Ptretzel: Passage into Puberty is the story of young girl and how she copes and learns about her own journey from pre-pubescent child into puberty. Poppy wakes up one morning to find she has started her periods. She finds the experience puzzling and perplexing — should she confide in her friends or not? Why is she feeling so tired and teary? Why is her tummy bloated? She receives support from her mother and a woman friend Missy who also has a daughter but the adult language they use to describe the female body and the menstrual cycle is awkward and makes Poppy feel uncomfortable, so along with her friends, Poppy decides to create her own cool words. Poppy Pretzel is the ideal book for a parent to give to their daughter who is about or has just entered puberty. It is written for 10 to 14 year-olds and is both an engaging story and informative.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781742570303
  • Publisher: New Holland Australia
  • Publication date: 6/10/2011
  • Series: No Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Debi Slinger lives a varied and interesting life. Poppy Pretzel is her first book and was inspired by her own daughter's journey to becoming a teenager. Before she had children, she was a rock climber, XC skiing, rafting and bushwalking guide working with school kids, women's groups and on large expeditions. After children, her artistic streak blossomed and she ventured into a variety of creative mediums. When not writing, Debi teaches sculpting, mosaics and other creative arts at local community houses and runs school holiday programs for kids. She's a self-confessed committee junkie, putting her hand up for all manner of jobs within her community.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

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    Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers Favorite “Poppy Pretz

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    “Poppy Pretzel: Passage into Puberty” by Debi Slinger begins with Poppy, a 12-year-old in Australia, getting her period at school on a Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately, she has been carrying a little purse containing a pad, tampon, a spare pair of knickers (underwear), and some hand wipes with her ever since her friend Nina got her period. The story follows Poppy over the course of several months as she learns all about feminine hygiene and feminine hygiene products by talking with her mother (Pip), her mother’s friend (Missy), her own friends (“The Mermaid Girls”), and her cousin (Zoe). At the end of the book, Slinger includes a list of online resources from Australia, the U.S.A. and the U.K., as well as a “Certificate of Celebration” that young girls can use to record their first periods and “Poppy’s Bag Checklist” to make sure that girls on the brink of their own passage into puberty are well-prepared for this important life event.

    I applaud the concept, openness and quality of information presented through Poppy’s fictional passage into puberty. The text is quite explicit, but consistently appropriate for girls aged 10-15. The story appears overly didactic at times because it is more about preparing girls for their first period than about character or plot development. Australian punctuation, spelling, sports and slang will make this a tough sale in the U.S.A. For example, Poppy places a pad in the gusset of her knickers and decides it feels like a nappy. The Mermaid Girls play netball which requires them to wear bibs. And Pip is always up for a good natter while she makes her Anzac biscuits. An Americanized version might be necessary to reach its intended audience in the United States.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Brilliant book for girls entering puberty

    Unlike many other books my daughter has read about puberty that chat about the mechanics, the biology, this one talks about the feelings of the character. Poppy is like most ordinary girls so my daughter could really relate to her. When she got her period recently (about 4 weeks after reading the book), she commented that it was just like Poppy's experience. I'd highly recommend this book to all parents, step-parents, single dads, grandparents and teachers. It's the first book that truly captures the essence of what going through puberty is like.
    P.S. I like the fact that it doesn't go into the topic of sex or boys. It's good the way it only deals with Poppy getting her period. It felt very safe giving this to my daughter, who is 11 and not ready to talk about sex and boys yet.

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