Book Review: A beautiful book for girls about becoming a woman.
Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christiane Northrup provides girls with a beautiful empowering approach to growing up and being a woman.
This is a lovely story that can be read with girls as an introduction to puberty. Can also be used to talk about body image, self esteem and womanhood. It is more about the woman you will become than the individual changes that will happen to you. Beautiful illustrations as well!
Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christiane Northrup is ideal for children between the ages of 8 – 10 years of age.
You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.
Hi, I'm Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue and today we are talking about a book called Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body by Christiane Northrup.
Northrup is a Canadian doctor who specializes in sex education. For anyone looking for help, she runs work shops and even has a blog.
This book was published in 2013. You can read this to boys, as they do need to know what happens during female puberty, but the target audience is young girls. The story is about four girls and is what I might call a ‘touchy-feely holistic’ kind of book. It talks about the change’s people go through during female puberty.
To start off, the book reads with, ‘Hello beautiful girl, do you know how lucky you are?’ This is very easy to read, especially with your younger children.
Visually, the book is also very pleasing. All the way through it has gorgeous imagery to look at. Even the text is easy to read aloud which is something I find important. If I am reading a book to my children, I prefer it to flow smoothly as I read it, as opposed to being clunkily put together.
As the book continues, it says ‘We’re all different but you’re perfect the way you are.’ There are great messages like this being spread throughout the book the entire time. More of these messages also include; we need to be careful with our body, others need to be careful with our body, don’t let anyone touch you inappropriately, and to trust your feelings. There is a lot to growing up.
It covers ideas that professional sex education researchers say we should be covering. Ideas about body safety, talking to adults, and loving yourself. These are crucial ideas for your child.
Then, the book talks about lying back, being aware of our feelings, and accepting that change will happen slowly. One idea from the book is that changes your children go through now are only glimpses of who they will be as adults, which is an idea that I adore.
I find that this idea of change and being different from everyone is something crucial for my daughter to hear now. She is only twelve years old and she keeps asking me all these different questions.
‘When is this going to happen? Why is it happening to my friends, but not me?’ That is why it is important for me to put these ideas in her head. The idea that we are all different and grow at different rates; she should not expect to change in the same way or pace as all her friends.
Back to the book. After talking about change, it begins to mention fertility and parenthood. As the book says,
‘One day, you might decide to become a mother yourself because you were born a beautiful girl. You already have a little nest inside of you.’
So, there is this idea that girls become fertile once they hit puberty. Which, is beautifully explained in the book and opens plenty of chances for conversation topics.
Beautiful Girl: Celebrating the Wonders of Your Body is a lovely little book. I wish I had known about it when my daughter was about eight to nine-years-old. Even at that age, she needed to know change was coming. With how delicately this book puts things, it is very easy to read to kids. It is a very gentle introduction to puberty and one I will suggest to parents with younger children.
Okay, I hope that helps. Cheers.
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