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The Period Book: Everything you don't want to ask (but need to know) Paperback – 7 Feb 1997

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (7 Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749917059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749917050
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 0.8 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is an excellent book to help explain about periods and answer all a young girl's questions. As a Mum, this is going to help me remember all the important aspects of this worrying time for young teenagers. We highly recommended this book for parents + kids!
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By A Customer on 2 Oct. 2002
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Hi I'm 11 and I first read this when I was 10.
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!
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By A Customer on 12 May 2001
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I'm 12 and I felt this book was a great help when I first read it at the age of about 10. It gives you clear,funny and interesting answer to all those questions I wanted to know. It comes from loads of points of view: different ages and sexes and minds.
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Before giving this book to my daughter I wanted to read it first to make sure I agreed with the contents. While reading 'A note to Parents' at the very start of the book, one chapter really alarmed me and I have decided not to give the book to my daughter on the strength of my immediate dislike of this author.
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?
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My little sister was very worried about how she felt and as I was away at university I felt I needed to help her out.
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!!!
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By A Customer on 29 Feb. 2000
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Well, it helps get through the tuff teenage life and makes you feel more confident. As weel as that. it also has useful little tips about your period, spots etc...All I can say is that it was very useful ,me and my friends loved it!
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I bought this book for my ten year old daughter who has already started growing up physically. She has been very reluctant to talk to me and we decided a book might help us. Most of this book was really useful. It gives lots of information and is reassuring in a frank but not too scary way. It has some funny pictures which help to lighten the tone.
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.
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My sister recommended I buy this book for my 11yrs old daughter. She was not impressed (embarrassed!) but i will leave it in her room for her to look at in private. I had a quick look and it is very informative, not too childish.
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