"What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents and Daughters

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The best book on puberty for 9-15 year old girls completely updated for the first time in 12 years! Selected as a "Best Book for Young Adults" by the American Library Association—The classic puberty education book for 9-15 year-old girls (over 500,000 copies sold), now thoroughly updated and freshly redesigned for the first time in 12 years. Now for the first time since the medical journal Pediatrics published its news-making, large-scale study indicating that puberty begins in girls even earlier than previously ...
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The best book on puberty for 9-15 year old girls completely updated for the first time in 12 years! Selected as a "Best Book for Young Adults" by the American Library Association—The classic puberty education book for 9-15 year-old girls (over 500,000 copies sold), now thoroughly updated and freshly redesigned for the first time in 12 years. Now for the first time since the medical journal Pediatrics published its news-making, large-scale study indicating that puberty begins in girls even earlier than previously believed, Lynda Madaras has thoroughly rewritten, updated and expanded her classic book to address the younger girl and her concerns. As before, in age appropriate-language, the book covers the body's changing size and shape, breasts, the reproductive organs, the menstrual cycle, pubic hair, and includes a full chapter on puberty in boys. Reacting to the thousands of letters Madaras receives from kids all over the world, with a multitude of questions, as well as with new research data, she has made changes as follows:
* more discussion on when a girl will begin puberty
* more on the emotional and physical development and how that compares to other girls of the same age. Also what to do with unwanted attention because of early development
* new sections on diet, exercise, and health, with help on avoiding weight problems and eating disorders; avoiding unhealthy uses of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
* discussion of the " female athletic syndrome"
* more practical advice on products from treating acne to menstruation protection to sports bras
* internet resources that will guide the younger and older girls to more explicit,appropriate-to-their-age information on romance, sex, contraception, STDs, pregnancy, and multiple births.

Over 1,200,000 copies of Lynda Madaras books sold!

Discusses the changes that take place in a girl's body during puberty, including information on the body's changing size and shape, pubic hair, breasts, the reproductive organs, the menstrual cycle, and puberty in boys.

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This updated third edition contains a wealth of information for young girls and their parents about puberty and the emotional and physical changes that occur during this complex transformation. The authors use honest, informal language along with engaging anecdotes, helpful quotations, detailed illustrations, labeled diagrams, and charts to address timely topics¾male and female reproductive organs, menstruation, breast development, bras, body hair, stages of puberty, masturbation, height and weight spurts, perspiration, pimples, hormones, romantic feelings, and much more. The advice is practical, with easy-to-understand definitions and stories of real-life experiences, and this expanded volume also contains information about "female athletic syndrome," early development issues, body types, eating disorders, exercise, balanced nutrition, AIDS, STDs, and birth control. This comprehensive puberty education book is perfect for parents who are looking for a positive, reassuring way to address a challenging topic with their young daughters. It is a valuable learning tool for all families and shouldn't be missed. A new edition of The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys is also available. 2000, Newmarket Press, $12.95. Ages 8 to 15. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
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I thought the girls' version of this book was very informative and covered most of the material that was needed to explain the concept of puberty. Although I knew most of the information, some of it came as a surprise to me. The topics were explained in a manner acceptable for younger children. Overall, it was very good. Index. Illus. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 5Q 2P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Newmarket Press, 263p, Trade pb. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Andrea Alonge, Teen Reviewer SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
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