Asking About Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Boys and Girls

Asking About Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Boys and Girls


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Asking About Sex and Growing Up: A Question-and-Answer Book for Boys and Girls by Joanna Cole, Alan Tiegreen

Today's children hear about sex all the time-on television, in the movies, and from their friends. But what they hear and see does not always give a healthy or even an accurate view of sexuality.

This unique book, the only one of its kind for preteens, uses a question-and-answer format to offer straightforward information on a wide variety of subjects that often concern and mystify young people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688069285
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/1988
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.86(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.

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Growing up.

How do kids change?

As you grow up, your body changes. The first change everyone notices is that you keep getting bigger and taller and stronger. But your body grows in other ways, too. It changes from a child's body to an adult's body. It gets ready for reproduction-for the time when you may choose to become a parent.

What is puberty?

Puberty is that time in your life when your body changes. You change from a girl or boy to an adult woman or man.

What causes puberty to start?

The changes of puberty start when a gland in your brain releases a chemical called a hormone. This hormone travels in your bloodstream to your sex organs and stimulates them to release hormones of their own. All these hormones tell your body to start changing.

Finding out about sex.

Is it normal to be curious about growing up?

It is natural for boys and girls to be curious about what will happen as they grow. You may have already noticed some changes in your body, and you probably want to know what the changes mean. If you have not yet started to develop, you still probably have questions to ask. You may not want to talk and think about growing up all the time, but if you are like most kids, you wonder what it will be like.

In addition to having questions about their own bodies, boys are usually curious about girls and girls are curious about boys. This is natural, too.

Is it okay to ask about sex?

Kids hear a lot about sex on TV shows, in the news, from other kids. Often everyone else seems to know all about everything. You might feelembarrassed to say that you don't know, but inside, you might still like a better explanation.

If you do ask about sex from a good, reliable source--a parent, a relative, a teacher--you might find out that some of the things you heard weren't quite right. You might see that some of the people who seemed to know everything didn't know so much after all. You might find out that you were worrying about something that you didn't have to worry about

It is good for you to have straight, accurate information about sex. It helps you feel comfortable about yourself and your body, and it helps you make better choices about your life as you grow up.

Why are girls and boys bodies different?

One day Stacey's little sister saw her cousin Sam in the bathtub. She pointed to his penis and asked, "Why don't I have one of those?"

Stacey couldn't help smiling. She told her little sister that boys and girls are different. Boys have sex organs on the outside where they are easy to see. Every girl is born with her own sex organs, but they are not as easy to see as a boy's. Some are inside her body, and some are on the outside, between her legs.

The sexual parts of our bodies are designed by nature for reproduction-having babies. A man and a woman are both needed to create a baby, but each sex has a different part in the process. That is why males' and females' bodies are made differently.

Of course, not every person chooses to be a mother or a father, but all people have sex organs, and everyone has sexual thoughts and feelings. Sex is a natural part of being a person.

Asking About Sex and Growing Up. Copyright © by Joanna Cole. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book I was very pleased with it I don't own the book but I will soon buy it.I thought it was going to be nasty but it was not,it was very interesting and helpful!!!!!
susiek33 More than 1 year ago
As a nurse my kids get a little too much information at times. I bought this for my 10 year old son along with two other books. He feels like it is a good compliment to the others. He can refer to it and then if he has more questions he'll bring them to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book really broke it down for me and it was raw in a good way i highly recommend this book to any teens that have questions about sex i normally don't even read but i read this book in two days so it's wonderful good book must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 12 year old son who hates to read. He read the book from front to back and was very interested in all that it had to tell him. It also initiated some great discussions and I have found that he has reread it several times and it covers most topics that he should be informed about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book