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What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls: Revised Edition

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Everything preteen and teen girls need to know about their changing bodies and feelings Written by an experienced educator and her daughter in a reassuring and down-to-earth style, The "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Girls gives sensitive straight talk on: the body's changing size and shape; the growth spurt; breast development; the reproductive organs; the menstru ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 6th 2007 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1983)
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Jan 21, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parentingetc, youth
I checked this out from the library when I was looking for a book to give my almost-8 yr.-old. I found the content a little bit too detailed in areas I didn't feel she was ready for yet (birth control, for instance - yikes!! I'm not ready for that!) And it had some anatomical illustrations of boys and girls that I thought could wait a bit longer. So I got the American Girls Body Book instead. This one would be more appropriate for later puberty, I think. It's also a great resource for both moms ...more
Jan 21, 2008 Branden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I learned from. It tells you all the real terms and even lets you know what you are going to wind up hearing about your body. I will probably use it for my oldest daughter but not so sure if it will go over with all of them. I am curious as to what the one for boys is like.
Jan 18, 2009 Katurah rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a girl, and is a preteen. :)
Jan 07, 2017 Liliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls
Its a really good book for girls who need to know more about puberty. I recommend it to girls 9 and up. Or depending on maturity level...11 and up.
Nov 30, 2016 SatyaY rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing book!!!!!

everything a girl has to know, more specifically a teen has to know.
Nov 25, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter's pediatrician recommended this book. I thought it was well-written and useful for girls who have already started developing and experiencing signs of puberty.

"What's Happening to My Body?" covers topics such as male and female physical development, puberty, growth spurts, menstruation, romantic and sexual feelings. It lists the stages of development, and relates the various changes and in what order they normally occur, and also describes the wide ranges in what is normal.

The autho
Jul 28, 2009 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
This gives a pretty thorough overview (200+ pages), complete with full step-by-step diagrams of what girl can expect during puberty. It includes a chapter on male puberty as well as brief highlights on STDs, menopause, homosexuality, eating disorders, Female Athletic Syndrome, TSS, etc. There is a resource index in the back as well. Overall, I thought it was very well done. I did not care for the feebly diplomatic attempts to expound on controversial issues. It had the pretense of respect for di ...more
Kids are getting the information from disreputable sources, so in light of that, I'd rather they get it from a decent, if graphic and straightforward text source. At least this information is correct. This is good and appropriately geared toward middle school students - but parents know their kids best, should preview this before handing it to kids and if only part of the book works for their purposes, then there's no rules saying they have to use the whole thing. I for one think it's a good ide ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Mistie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another one for the most banned books. It makes me angry that this book would be banned. I understand that it deals with issues that many people find alarming--sex, puberty, etc. But it deals with it in a scientific and straightforward way. If you don't want your kid to find out about her body from a book like this, maybe you should talk to her; but you shouldn't take away a wonderful resource for other parents and young adults who might have questions.

I know this book is too advanced f
Oct 10, 2011 Kellie rated it really liked it
The girls in my daughter's class were given this book as part of their human development lessons. (The boys were given the boys' version). It is very thorough and informative without being overly clinical. It serves as a great jumping-off point for a parent to discuss body changes and sexuality if you don't know where to begin (or end). The resource section at the back of the book will be very helpful if my daughter has more questions or interests, and I anticipate that she'll use the book for y ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents wanting to talk with their daughters
I am preparing to have the "talk" with my nine year old daughter and I am trying to find an age-appropriate book to tell her just what she needs to know at this age about the changes that will be happening over the next several years in her body! What a challenge! This book is way too wordy for her - it's a 250 page chapter book. Plus it has a little too much information (and pictures) beyond what I think she needs to know at this age. I read it to get some idea of what she may be questioning an ...more
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Easy and incredibly helpful read for my 10-year-old stepdaughter, who's got a foot firmly in puberty, and me. It makes the subject of puberty approachable, safe to talk about, interesting, and above all, normal.
Dee Montoya
Nov 05, 2012 Dee Montoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for us mothers with young girls about to start with all the body changes. its a great guide, very informative, it helps you understand how to approach the topic with our daughters in an accurate and comfortable matter. I recommend it!
I really like this book, but I have an old edition which makes some strange assertions about "hermaphrodites." I'd say get a newer volume and make sure it doesn't say any weird stuff.
Apr 22, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-reads, kid-reads
Since I learned stuff from this book as an adult, I think it would've served me well as a teen. It was pretty heteronormative though.
Sep 08, 2009 Amrika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The entire guidebook for girls. !
Everything you need to know.
At first i did not like the book but then I learned things that i did not know before.
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