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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Little Book of Growing Up (Paperback)
I bought this for my nearly 9 year old daughter. I wanted a book that just explained periods and puberty without the sex bit just yet. It does fulfil that but after reading it myself, I have decided it's not for me or my daughter and will be returning it to Amazon. I objected most strongly to the following: 'it means you'll become a babe with a fantastic figure...and you'll look even better in your jeans than you do now'. I'm sorry but a book about puberty does not need to refer to babes and certainly young girls who the book is aimed at do not need to be described as babes.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2010 15:14:49 BDT
Thank you for that comment I am glad i knew that before purchasing

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2010 20:58:00 GMT
Ditto, I am not after buying any more Bratz/Beach babe obsessed material for either of my two girls.

Posted on 7 Feb 2011 15:10:51 GMT
Aunt Lou says:
Did you find a suitable book, I am looking for my niece who is 8

Posted on 12 Mar 2011 07:42:35 GMT
Carol Cox says:
I am looking for a book for my almost 9 year old granddaughter and I'm really pleased I read your review as I definitely wont be buying this one!
Any recommendations please?

Posted on 10 May 2011 09:43:53 BDT
K. Scott says:
Thank you Claire for pointing out this most offensive phrase - DEFINATELY a no, there is already enough brainwashing over image, it is total anathema to suggest that puberty is all about getting boobs and a bum in order to try to increase feelings of self esteem in impressionable young girls.

Posted on 7 Jul 2011 15:17:10 BDT
Thank you for highlighting that, I couldnt agree more!

Posted on 8 Jul 2011 09:54:56 BDT
YGz says:
4 and a half stars, for a book that includes comments like that - it just contribute to the sexualisation of children, which cannot be good for children, families or society. Of course though it plays nicely into the hands of the companies that make a lot of money from the insecurities of children, teenagers and eventually adults who grow up forever chasing the dream of being a 'babe'.

Thank you Claire for pointing out what this author really thinks about children. Shame really as it must have quite a few good points to recieve such a high rating.

Posted on 8 Sep 2011 13:10:16 BDT
pod says:
so glad i read ur review, i was going to purchase this book for my 9 yr old daughter. i dont think i'll bother now. Thanx, very helpful

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 17:26:15 BDT
A. Shea says:
Very useful review, the kind of content Claire objected to was exactly what I was hoping to avoid! Thanks, I'll look for a different book... :)

Posted on 30 Sep 2011 12:14:04 BDT
Very grateful that you highlighted this detail. I was thinking about purchasing this book, now I definitely won't. So very inappropriate to explain growing up issues in these terms to our children.
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