The Period Book: Everything you don't want to ask (but need to know) Paperback – 7 Feb 1997
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About the Author
Karen Gravelle is the author of several books about difficult issues facing today's adolescents. She lives in New York City. Jennifer Gravelle goes to school in Virginia.
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I first got this from a friend who had read it before and found it very useful. I read it through picking out the bits I was most worried about and went from there!
It helped me talk about Puberty and Periods with my mum which was a great help!
I would recommened this for daughters + mothers!
The specific sentence that stopped me dead in my tracks I will come to but firstly I believe it erroneous to address parents in a book primarily for children, particularly when mentioning issues that children shouldn't have to know about at this stage of their life. I believe parents should guide and love their children with confidence and if they need a book to guide them to do so then get one but not the same book they give to their children. Our concerns and fears, woes and worries should not be any concern for our children.
The chapter that did it for me starts off saying "For parents the most frightening aspect of adolescence is the decreasing control they have over their child's behavior" and finishes to say " Regardless of how old your daughter is when she begins to menstruate, or how interested she may or may not be in having sex, her first period is likely to trigger your concerns about casual sex, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and rape". OMG! I hadn't been able to agree with much content in this book up until this point but this last sentence is so out of whack I am gobsmacked at the lack of intelligence this author displays. Why would your daughters first period trigger concerns about rape? Firstly is the perpetrator going to wait until a child has a period? Why connect this very serious concern with having a period? All parents want to protect their children from unknown dangers at all stages of their lives. Why say this?Read more ›
This book settled her mind and she loved it, so I'm giving it 5 stars for this reason alone. I haven't had chance to read it but I stand by my sister's opinions on it!!!
However, sometimes the words used were not explained - the section on cramps doesn't say they are pains in your tummy for example.
My main problem with it was that it was very American. There's a whole chapter on your first visit to a gynaecologist. Unnecessarily worrying for a UK girl. And then at the back, out of the blue, a chapter on sex with zero information about any of the facts just a very coy lecture on abstinence. I have solved some of these problems by adding in my own thoughts and information with a pencil. Including putting in the UK words Pmt instead of Pms, and period pain instead of cramps.
If you are relying on just the book alone with no conversation to go with it I'd recommend scribbling in the margin too. And definitly getting another book on wider issues and on the facts of life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most useful to hand over to an pre-pubescent girl to read. She has had loads of questions, and all those questions came very naturally upon reading the book. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Andrea Dietz
Well written book sat with my daughter and read through it, I feel she definitely understands everything. Thank youPublished 16 months ago by nicola rae
Brought this for my 12 year old daughter, lovely book, very informative and sensitively written. She can sit and read it privately and enjoys it.Published on 12 July 2014 by kerry
Bought this for my 11 year old and she's very impressed. She likes the way it's written in a friendly manner, telling you the facts and being truthful but not scary. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2014 by rebecca millhouse
I am so pleased I bought this book for my daughters, it is very informative and easy to understand.
I would definately recommend this book