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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340930993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340930991
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR GIRLS ONLY:
'It's the perfect first book about periods for girls of primary school age as it provides information at the right level.'

(Family Interest Parenting, March-April 2004)

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An essential guide for all girls approaching puberty.

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I purchased this book for my nine year old daughter who has started puberty. I did not want a book that was too deep and involved like some that I had seen.
She doesn't need to know everything in depth yet, but does need to know some areas. We have talked about things, but I think that having a little book on her bookcase that I know she will look at in her own time is useful.
This book covers growing and developing bodies, changes that take place, diet and exercise (in a good and positive way) and personal hygiene. It discusses periods, the process and what happens and why, products you can use and mood swings. There are some simple pictures showing the anatomy of the womb, tubes and ovaries, and vagina. It touches on sex, just to mention that when a woman wants a baby the mans sperm goes into the womans vagina and may meet an egg and if it joins it and settle in the womb, it develops into a baby.
Also covers boyfriends and friendships. How it can be nice but things can go wrong and you can drift apart.
This book also covers a couple of topics that I had not previously considered. But do not dissaprove of at all. Hands off! this is regarding complaining about someone, anyone, if they touch you in a way you dont like and discusses how to negotiate with you family about rules, without screaming and shouting!

I was really pleased with this book. It was just what I was looking for and for a younger girl, physically or emotionally, is brilliant. The areas covered are witten simply, in easy to understand language and are displayed on the pages clearly and spaciously so as not to be a daunting or heavy read. My partner thought this book was excellent too.
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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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This was just the book I have been looking for. I have looked at so many I had almost given up hope of finding something pitched just right for a 9 year old asking those early questions. I did not want to bombard her with information she doesn't need to know and is too young to understand. This talks about changes in the body and explains ITS good to be different to the other girls around you, it's not a race and you shouldn't feel embarassed or ashamed of what is happening. I only wish there had been something like this when I was young and changing into a young woman. 1st class. My search is over. Forget Usborne and all of those others, just buy this.
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Body dismorphia is a traumatic and very real problem for girls. Describing puberty as turning into a 'babe' isn't helpful for young women.
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By H.W on 1 Oct. 2014
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I just had a 'look inside' this book and definitely wouldn't buy it for my daughters... and would strongly recommend they don't read it! Apparently you could be the 'plainest girl' but turn into a 'babe' when you develop boobs and hips etc (sterotypical hour glass figure then?) but it's ok to come in all shapes and sizes...presumably as long as that isn't 'plain' and with no boobs etc.... wow! There's enough pressure and stereotyping etc etc without a book that actually directly delivers this message! What a shame as some of what it had to say looked quite promising....
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I bought this book for my 9 1/2 yr old girl. It talks about many subjects clearly and concisely, such as changing shape, keeping fit and healthy, changes to hair, skin, spots and how to deal with them, periods, sanitary protection and how to use it, proper names for 'bits'. The section on boyfriends is very downplayed, focusing on the fact that it sounds grown up but can just be someone that you like doing stuff with eg swimming, and how when you break up it's best not to dwell on it and to spend time with family and friends who'love you very much'. Each section is no more than 2 short pages and the subject of sex is only touched on lightly, ie ' a special cuddle when mans sperm go into the woman's vagina'. If anything, the book plays down the enormity of the subject and leaves you feeling like... 'oh, so thats what it's all about, not so bad really!' The section about rules set by parents and going out is lovely and for a parent really is on our side, making more of showing how responsible you can be and your parents will love and respect you and give you more freedom. I found reading this book with my daughter very comfortable, and was really suprised when she told me she had never heard of periods before, BUT did know the facts of life!! I think I underestimated just how clued up a 9 year old is.
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Please do not be put off by the 2 star rating by the mum who pointed out the sentence, 'it means you'll become a babe with a fantastic figure...and you'll look even better in your jeans than you do now'. This has been taken out of context. I understand some people may feel the word 'babe' to be inappropriate, however it was not meant in any way inapropriately when read in context. Please don't let this review put you off. It's a great little book, aimed at 8 and 9 year old little girls, who may want to know the very basics about their bodies and need to know what will be happening to them soon. It's not just about periods, it mentions shape and how wonderful it is that we are all different. It is written in a very informative but appropriate way for the age group. It does not go in to unnecessary details, i.e. sex and the book mentions things that as a mum, you may forget to mention, but in fact will help to alieve any scary stories etc that your daughter may hear from friends. Like the other reviews suggest, read for yourself first. My daughter wanted to read the book before we read it together. She is 8 and has had it for a couple of weeks but not bothered with it yet. I believe it's us mums making all the fuss and worrying. The girls will take it all in their stride, as long as they have the information!!
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