A guide for pre-adolescent girls to the changes that puberty brings to their bodies, including information about menstruation.
From The Critics
Girls in their pre-teens will find this book to be right on track with their health concerns and feelings as they enter into the complexities of puberty. Author Jukes discusses tampons, shaving, body changes, and everything in between. Packed with wisdom and humor, this book is sure to be a hit for a generation surrounded with myths about the process of growing up. It answers honestly all those questions you're too embarrassed to ask, while offering reassurance that what is happening is a normal part of growing up. Jukes also offers an encouraging hand to parents and teachers, who have no idea of how to discuss these very sensitive and personal issues with the adolescent girls in their lives. This may be the only book you'll ever need to cope with this turbulent stage of life.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A slimmed-down version of Jukes's It's a Girl Thing (Knopf, 1996) that explores puberty firsts such as bras and periods. The author imparts the essential information vital to a young woman's early development. Speaking with the sensitivity of an older, trusted sister, Jukes assures readers that the changes, or lack of, in their bodies are perfectly normal. She covers body hair and shaving, perspiration and deodorant, and how to buy your first bra. The second half of the book is devoted to what to expect and how to plan for your first period. Jukes details the pros and cons of pads and tampons and gives practical, safe advice for alleviating cramps. Sexual intercourse is defined as an activity for adults and used to describe the reproductive organs. Sexual activity in teenagers and birth control are not covered. The narration has an easy, comfortable voice and imparts accurate and important information while assuring readers that they can still be children even though they've entered puberty.-Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Stephanie G. reviewed Growing Up: It's a Girl Thing (It's a Girl Thing) on
Helpful Score: 2
Great book for explaining "the birds and the bees" . There is one part that I think is a little inappropriate and takes the explanation a little far, however, I just quickly breezed by that part. My daughter and I were able to have a great discussion and, she was very comfortable asking questions :) She is only nine years old (they grow up so fast), but the topic of how babies are made came up and I wanted to make sure she talked to me about it, verses learning incorrect information from kids at school. This book was a great reference!