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Girl In The Know: Your Inside And Out Guide To Growing Up
With a relaxed, conversational approach, Girl in the Know is a straight-talking little manual packed with everything a girl should know about the many changes she can expect in puberty and how to make her way through it all as smoothly as possible. But there's way more than just the body basics -- the book is divided into three main sections (Your Body, Your Mind and Takin ...more
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Kids Can Press
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Girl in the know is a chapter book about a girl growing up and the issues she may face. It covers your body (the ins and outs), your mind (the brains behind the beauty), taking care (maintenance), and more questions. Some of the images are graphic and to the point. It discusses reproductive organs, breast development, hair there and everywhere, menstruation, and other topics. I would suggest this book for fifth grade and above, even though some fourth graders might be ready for it.
I love that this book, when discussing crushes and how to deal with them, includes homosexuality as a viable orientation. I love that it tells girls their health is not tied to their weight but to their habits. I love that it includes illustrations of black girls and white girls and Latinas and Asian girls, fat girls and skinny girls, girls with glasses and piercings and punk-rock hairdos. I love that in its first pages there is an anatomically correct illustration of lady bits, with all parts l ...more
The text is a little dry, with dorky magazine-y subheads (e.g. "Crush Rush" for a section on crushes), but the illustrations -- hip drawings of girls of all ethnicities, shapes, sizes and hair/fashion predilections -- are awesome. They make the book feel hipper than it is. I think it's a good resource, maybe a better choice than It's So Amazing (it's also a lot smaller and more compact --discreet!--than that book) for girls who want something less cartoon-y and more chic. Personally I prefer It' ...more