Book Review: A book for girls about puberty that combines fact with fiction.
A short overview of this book
Girlology: There’s Something New About You by Melissa Holmes & Trish Hutchison is one of the few books that teaches girls about puberty through the telling of a story.
This book is a puberty book for tweens that covers a diverse range of topics. The authors use some lovely stories about a group of girls who are growing up. So they tell a short story eg your first period, and then provide information on what a period is and how to manage it. The book talks about all the physical, emotional and social changes that happen during puberty.
Sexual intercourse is NOT talked about in this book.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
Girlology: There’s Something New About You by Melissa Holmes & Trish Hutchison is ideal for children between the ages of 11 years of age and older.
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Hi, I am Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue. A huge part of what we do on Sex Ed Rescue is to help parents comfortably talk about sex with their children. One way we do this is to review books.
Girlology: There’s Something New About You is a book by a website called Girlology. The authors of it are Melissa Holmes and Trish Hutchison, both of which are doctors and have a writing style I like.
This book is the first from a trilogy and is for younger girls. It does not talk about sex, only puberty with a more recent updated version. The version I am using, however, is an older one since Australian libraries have not used it yet.
The version of the book I am using came out in 2010, which means it is not too old.
As I was reading this book for the first few times, I very quickly noticed that Holmes’ and Hutchison’s writing style really does express that they have a clinical background. I have a nursing background meaning I can easily identify other professionals. When people with a clinical degree write, they are more practical which is something the authors did well.
If you are looking for an alternative to the American Girl books, then these would be perfect. The only reason the Girlology books are not as well known is because they do not have a mainstream publisher. American Girl also has thirty or so years of history along with their dolls and brand. Despite that, I do think the Girlology books are fantastic.
What I love about these books is that they tell a story. I have read the first and second edition of this trilogy, and they tell the stories of the main characters growing up. In the first book, the authors may talk about body image. Then, in the second book the girls are older, before they are finally adults.
In that third edition, the authors start talking about sex, rape, and topics for an older audience.
The first edition of the trilogy, the edition we are looking at, talks about many different topics. Many of these topics are things like growing up, having crushes, having periods and what they are like. What tampons are, how to use them, why to use them, and even bras.
This is a nice, little book with good information and little pictures on each page.
For anyone with sons, there is also another series for boys by the same authors called Guy Stuff. I always get it confused with American Girl’s series called Guyology, though they are different things.
Girlology: There’s Something New About You is a great book and I cannot wait to see how they have updated it. If you can, I suggest you get the updated version as it is worthwhile.
The first edition is for younger girls if you are looking out for books for that age range. If I had to choose, I would say eight-years-old at the youngest to about twelve-years-old girls. Though, most eight or nine-years-old cannot read all the information in this book on their own. Even if you read it with them, it could take days.
Because of that, this book is targeting the older ages in that demographic.
On their own, these books are fun. Each of them tells an intertwining story that is quite interesting to read. The stories all have information and, on top of that, stories are a great way to learn; that is what our ancestors did to remember ideas. Tell stories over again around the campfire.
So, the Girlology books are a great alternative to the American Girl books with good information and a fun story. I hope this helps, Cheers.