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Girls Only! All About Periods and Growing-Up Stuff
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2008
I have bought a number of these types of books, read them and not given them to my daughter as they seemed "wrong". This one is the one I gave to her and it's pitched perfectly. My daughter is nearly 10. There was enough information but not too much. It is based around periods, hormones, spots and body changes. It touches on sex but not in detail and it satisfied my daughters light curiosity without me needing to move onto "the talk". She savoured what was in it and feels happy and confident about it all. She has even loaned it to friends. The font is good, the text has a modern chatty feel, it is a good book for girls aged 9-12. Recommended.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2008
I bought this for my daughter (9)a while ago when she started asking questions. Although happy to discuss the subject with her, she is an avid reader so I thought a book she could refer to would be a good thing for her to have too.
It is perfect for girls!
She is now 10 & this book is well-thumbed and still comes out constantly. She is confident with what it has taught her & as some of her friends have it too, they all discuss the topic together. I'm still recommending it to friend as their daughters grow.
Excellent!
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 May 2008
I bought this for my curious 9 year old daughter as a book for us to read together in conjuction with the excellent "Let's talk about where babies come from". These were the first books I'd bought on the subject of puberty and sex education; before that we'd only looked at Clare Rayner's "The Body Book" (perfect for younger children). "Girls Only!" is perfect for introducing the subject of periods in a modern, chatty and matter of fact way. The illustrations and graphics are funky and appealing and the front cover instantly attracted my daughter's attention. She picked it up, asked what it was, and I said that I'd bought her a new, special book about growing up. She asked if we could read it together, which was great, but having read the book first I'd have been just as comfortable letting her read it alone if that's what she'd wanted.

I'd say the way the book is written is perfect for girls of 9 and upwards. I love the way it doesn't assume that every girl reading the book has a mum to chat to about periods and it even gives tips on how to raise the subject of periods if you live with your dad. It's not patronising and manages to draw the reader in as if the book is a kind and fun friend or relative.

As well as periods, the book covers hygiene, boys, spots, myths about periods, and a useful glossary of medical terms and how to pronounce them. All in all it's exactly what I'd hoped for and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2010
I bought this for my 9 year old but will not be giving it to her straight away. She is doing sex education next year at school and she is starting to develop physically. Although it is easy to read and understand there are quite a lot of references to wanting to look glamourous and attractive to the opposite sex. Fine for girls who have started to show an interest in boys but my daughter still thinks boys stink so not really on her wavelength. In fact I'd worry she'd feel she ought to be concerned about body image if she read it now. Having said that for an older girl it could put aside worries about periods she may not wish to discuss as all possible concerns seem to be covered.

The book "The usborne facts of life - Growing up" which I also ordered gives good info on periods and dealing with them as well as other aspects of growing up, and is written in a more factual style, far more suitable for a younger girl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
I wanted a book for my 11 year old daughter in anticipation of her having sex education lessons in school and because her body was developing. This hit exactly the right spot for me - informative without every little detail spelt out in too graphic terms. It touches on feelings and worries pre teenage girls can have and is all written in a cool way. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly as an introduction to the subjects in a non alarming way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2009
I read this book before I gave it to my 10 year old daughter and found it excellent. She then read it and found it 'brilliant'. It explained everything she might need to know at her age and was written in a way that she could understand and enjoy. I have recommended it to friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2010
As a modern parent, I want to be able to talk to my daughter openly, but as I'm from an old fashioned family (my parents never talked to me about the whole stress of growing up) I didn't have the vocabulary/confidence to start "the conversation"!
I gave her this book, and had a bit of a chat with her - she read it herself & came to me afterwards with a handful of questions....it SO took the pressure off!! Since then we've had a lovely talk and she feels she can approach me with anything she is worried about. Thank you Victoria Parker!! Enough information for a 9 year old without being too much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter. We have read part of it together and part she is reading on her own. It makes her feel special about this stage of her life and 'part of the club'. Very well written and approachable for your girls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2015
I really liked this book. Lots of information about puberty without any direct descriptions of sex. There is a short section that explains that the egg cannot grow into a baby unless you have sex and it joins with a sperm and tells the reader to ask their mum if they want to know more about that. My daughter has been reading this book for a couple of weeks and I am sure that she will ask soon enough but I felt that periods were enough to deal with for starters - let her get her head round that before explaining sex!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2009
We bought this book for our 9 year old daughter. She is very squeamish and does not even like us to say the word blood out loud, it's that bad. We thought we'd buy this book well before she starts her periods so she knows what to expect and doesn't panic when it happens! We read the book before we gave it to her and it was all fine, nice and easy to understand. Didn't know how she'd react once she'd read it but she was fine. She keeps it at the side of her bed now. She's asked me a few questions and it was nice to be able to talk about things and we feel happy now that she knows. All in all, I'd recommend that you buy this book.
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