Another great book for young girls ages 8-12. Hair, nails, piercings, braces, glassses...questions and ANSWERS we all had growing up. Confidence is beauty.
For ages 8-12. Focuses on REAL beauty --- inner beauty --- yet covers all the physical beauty tips/concerns that young girls have. Recommended!
This book is a beauty manual for Christian tween girls. It does a good job of balancing, on the one hand, the natural desire of young girls to look their best with, on the other hand, the importance of teaching girls to value their whole selves as Gods creations.
A growing interest in feminine matters (clothes, skincare, etc.) is a normal part of the maturation process for most girls in early adolescence. So is, unfortunately, insecurity about appearance and body image. In this book, Nancy Rue (author of the popular Lily Series) attempts to help girls think about these aspects of their lives in a healthy and God-honoring way. The language is a little too cutesy for adult tastes (for example, frequent references to your you-nique you) but will probably appeal to its young readers. Each chapter includes quizzes and activities, as well as sections designed to guide tween girls in thinking Christianly about that chapters issue (How is this a God thing?) and praying about it.
The books beauty tips are sensible and age-appropriate for early adolescence. The emphasis is on encouraging readers to take care of their bodies and enhance their God-given unique beauty in a way that respects themselves, their parents, and God. Rue consistently defers to parents on such issues as whether a girl is old enough to wear makeup, shave her legs, etc. She gives advice about how to apply makeup appropriately, shave legs, choose modest and flattering clothes, and so on but with the caveat that parental approval must be obtained first. Rue explains that parents have good reasons for not wanting their daughters to grow up too soon, and that a girl should honor her parents decisions on these matters.
The only quarrel that I have is not with the book itself but with its promotion by its publisher, Thomas Nelson, which suggests that the book is appropriate for girls ages 7 to 11. Im no expert, but Id say a more accurate age range would be about 10 to 14. My daughter is 8 1/2, and although she enjoys choosing her clothes and doing her own hair, most of the issues covered in this book are well beyond her interest or understanding. I plan to hang onto it, though, and give it to her in a few years, once shes old enough to be concerned about whether shes allowed to wear makeup, what to do about her pimples, and when her breasts are going to finally grow in!
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