The Body Book

The Body Book

by Nancy N. Rue


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The ultimate resource for the “girl stuff” coming your way.

The transition from girl to teenager makes the tween years a time of great change—especially in the body department! This unique and creative book for girls ages 7–11 answers the most common questions girls have during this often confusing and overwhelming stage in life. The Body Book gives girls the scoop on everything from body changes and cramps to diet and exercise in an inviting and conversational manner.

The Body Book not only offers accurate, up-to-date information on personal issues tween girls experience but also shares it from a positive biblical perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400319503
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Series: Lily Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 307,000
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

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The Body Book

It's A God Thing
By Nancy Rue


Copyright © 2000 Zondervan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-70015-9

Chapter One

What's Going On in There?

Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique. (Song of Songs 6:8-9)

It's either happening already, or you've heard that it's going to:

You're growing breasts.

Hair is appearing in new places.

You're sweating more.

You've got the body odor thing going on.

You're gaining weight or getting taller by the minute.

Your friends are talking about starting their periods.

You're giggling one minute and crying the next.

And in the middle of it all, you're looking in the mirror and saying, "Who are you and what have you done with me?"

This time in your life-between about eight and about thirteen years old-is when more changes are happening in your body than have ever happened since that first year (when you had to triple your weight, grow teeth, and figure out how to walk!). It can be a confusing time-a time when you want to shout to your body, "What's going on in there?"

Hopefully this will be a help to you: "What's going on in there" is normal. All these changes are because of something called puberty-and it happens to every girl and has since God first started making females. And probably every girl has had the same questions you might be having.


LILY: Everybody talks about "When you hit puberty ..." What is puberty, anyway?

Puberty is the time when your body starts producing two new hormones it hasn't produced before.

RENI: Swell. So what's a hormone?

A hormone is a chemical that's produced in a certain organ or gland and is then sent to another part of your body to go to work. The two new hormones in puberty are estrogen and progesterone.

ZOOEY: I have chemicals in my body!? Why? What are they doing in there?

They're slowly turning you into a woman.

Estrogen causes

the development of your breasts (time for a bra?)

the widening of your hips (think of it as curves ...)

the growth of all that extra hair in your arm pits and pubic area

the production of more oil in your skin and hair (enter pimples and greasies!)

the thickening of the hair on your legs (break out the razor!)

your new interest in boys (They haven't gotten any less absurd-you just don't mind as much!)

Progesterone, along with estrogen, causes and controls

your period

HOW IS THIS A God Thing?

You may find yourself wanting to ask God, "How come I have to go through all these pimples and all this embarrassing hair and all this crying that comes out of nowhere? Couldn't there have been a better way?"

In our minds, it might seem easier to wake up one day with a mature body, clear skin, and perfect coordination-but would that really be better? People would also expect you to act like a full-grown woman-and where would that come from?

God made growth-all kinds of growth-a gradual process that takes time. The slow appearance of hair, the day-by-day way your breasts grow, the trial-and-error you have to go through with your emotions-that's all part of God's plan for you to have the time to get used to the idea of becoming a woman.

Hopefully, by the time you look in the mirror when you're eighteen or twenty, you're going to pretty much like what you see. The trick is to make it till then, right?

That's what this book is about: helping you to understand "what's going on in there" and giving you some hints on how to grow with it, physically and spiritually.

As always, there might be some obstacles, so let's try to get those out of the way right up front.

BODY BLOCKER #1: I'm So Far Behind Everybody Else!

Maybe you're twelve and all your friends are getting their periods and wearing bras-and you still look, and feel, like a little girl. If you have a brother who asks you, "Hey, Sis, when's the breast fairy gonna come?" or you just have the fear that you're never going to catch up, just remember these things:

It isn't a contest! You'll get there at the right time for you.

You are your own unique self. God has already planned how and when you're going to grow into that.


Excerpted from The Body Book by Nancy Rue Copyright © 2000 by Zondervan . Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Table of Contents

What's Going On in There?
Attitude Check!
Let's Get the Whole Period Thing Out of the Way
When Your Period's a Pain
Keeping Abreast
The Whole Thing's Easier If You Take Care of Yourself: Diet
The Whole Thing's Easier If You Take Care of Yourself: Exercise
Don't Trash Your Temple
A Final Send-Off

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Body Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is ten, and loves to read, I was looking for something new for her to read and just happen to purchase this book along with the beauty book, and she LOVES them, every time her friends come over these are two of the first books they always pick up to read. It's easy for them understand and speaks their language, if it's something my daughter doesn't understand we talk about it. I was really impressed with how it broke down the different types of pads and tampons and puts everything in question - answer format. After she read about the pads and tampons we had our own little hands on session at home and I showed her all the different kinds of pads the book refers too and how to put them on and let her walk around to see how they actually felt. I want her to be prepared in case 'it happens' and mommy is not around. The book even gives scriptual references, checklist and other activities for the girls to feel more at ease and comfortable about growing up. It's also a good tool for parents that are afraid to approach the subject with their children. I wish I had this book when I was growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recommended for girls going through pre-adolescence. It has greatly helped my daughter and some of her friends with their inward struggles. It is written in a very fun and interactive way that engages the girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom bought me this book a few years ago. She tried to read it to me but all I did was cry becuase I did not wan't to grow up. And last year in the second semester everything changed. I started my piriod so I needed info so I started reading this book and it was very helpful. And this year I needed different bras so my mom and I went to the mall and bought some. This book helped me not to be afraid to talk to it with my mom. So, thank you Nancy Rue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it but was alittle dissopointed because it had writing parts and you cant write in a nook.Its anice book of body care.I already have the hardcover AG one but that only gives you the faccts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good for girls ages 11-15 it really gives you a feel for the big changes ahead!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK so yeah, i've read some other books on the subject of pre-adolescents and adolescents(for ex. The American Girl Library Book: The Care and Keeping of you) and that book was pretty interesting but it really was kind of boring because all it did was give you a bunch of boring facts. Unlike this book that gives you fun activities to celebrate 'girl-hood' and does more diagrams of tampons and pads etc. Hope this was helpful.
Madfam More than 1 year ago
I read this book before giving it to my 9 year-old to read. I thought the language was age appropriate and explained what she needed to know for right now. The book also referred her back to me if she has questions which reiterates what I've already told her. In addition, the book links everything back to God, an important factor for us. I would encourage any mother/caregiver of a preteen to use this book to have that oh so hard, yet very important, talk about body changes.
trlchick25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for preteenage girls. It teaches them how to look at themselves positively and that their perfect the way they are. It helped me get through those hard stages of life and what true beauty is all about.
swt_angel_79 More than 1 year ago
The Body Book by Nancy Rue is a great introduction to becoming a young woman for girls. This book is part of the Lily Series, a series of books written just for young girls. It shares the ups and downs of growing into a young lady in a Christian manner. It helps girls work through questions and issues that they may find as they grow. From friendships to their first period, this book covers a lot of the in between and is great for girls everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book fifteen minutes ago. It was ..................... Supercoolathrillalisticawesomeniceadocous (aka) Supercalafragalisticxpaladocous. In other words it was super cool thrilling awesome and nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for girls who have quesrions about maturing. It also connects it to GOD, which is also very good. I enjoyed filling out the questions because it helped me learn more about myself.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Several years ago I was talking to a friend about not having a clue what to say to my daughter when she came to ‘that’ age and my friend said — I got a book. Well, when I grabbed this book from Netgalley I was thinking it would be a cute read but I didn’t even get through two chapters before I realized that it was definitely the book for my house. This book walked us through all of the changes going on and explained to her in a factual but fun way why and how. It made the whole maturing process less fearsome and more awesome. The Body Book walks you through each of the steps of change and helps you to see where you are in the process and lets you know the things your going to need to deal with in the near future. It also helps to know when you’re going to need the help of an adult and when you can handle it on your own. This book is great for the girls to read by themselves, though, we really did enjoy reading a chapter a week and discussing it fully before moving on to the next section. Thank you so much, Nancy Rue!! More… Author: Nancy Rue Source: Tommy Nelson via Netgalley Grade: A+ Ages: 7-15
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, I gotta say, this is a great book. From everything about your growing body to health. GET THIS BOOK!! Pictures are awesome and the companion book, Lily Robbins MD. I love u Nancy Rue....
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I am 11 and my mom got me this book a couple of summers ago and it ruined my whole summer. I would give this book no stars if I could,but I can't. So l wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under 9.
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