Book Review: A book for girls about puberty and being a teen.
Growing Up For Girls (Usborne Books) by Felicity Brooks provides girls with everything that they need to know about puberty and being a teenager.
It covers all the topics that girls want to find out about, including moods and feelings, periods and how to survive them, what happens to boys, diet, eating disorders, exercise, body image, sex and relationships, contraception, sexual health, self-confidence, drink and drugs, exam stress, cyberbullying, and staying safe - both out and about and online.
Sexual intercourse is talked about in this book.
Growing Up For Girls (Usborne Books) by Felicity Brooks is ideal for children between the ages of 12 years of age and older.
You can find more books like this in my extensive list of Sex Education Books for Children.
Today we are looking at an Usborne Book book called Growing up for Girls by Felicity Brooks.
Most parents will be familiar with the Usborne Book brand. They are an English company that is well known for making a large variety of books for children and younger. Another book of theirs I have is for younger boys; What is Happening to Me?
Inside What is Happening to Me? I can see there are plenty of pictures. Large text, bright colors, cartoons, all that stuff. Younger kids may enjoy this, but some older kids may prefer something with more text. Growing up for Girls is a great example of this.
What is great about this book? First, it came out in 2013. At the time of this article, that is still recent. This means the information is up to date and from a more reliable source than an older book.
Secondly, the book covers a large range of topics. Though in the end, it is a puberty book. It talks about changes, why puberty is happening, and the fact that puberty changes people. These are all very similar chapters to Usborne Book’s other book What is Happening to Me? This book, however, gives information for an older audience and more of it.
This book talks about hair, breasts, changes on the inside, changes on the outsides, periods, and male puberty. Then, Brooks begins to talk more about the psychological effects of puberty. Talks about moods, feelings, confidence, relationships, and this is all shortly followed with a chapter on sex. How to protect yourself, drinks, drugs, being safe, life at home, life at school, and just loads of topics.
A book like this is absolutely massive.
If you do not know what a certain word means or do not know how to explain it, there is a lovely index at the back of the book. For example, if you do not know what ‘Orgasm’ means, you can flip to the back and find it. Which, this book actually has six different pages on orgasms.
The drug chapters are also interesting. The list of drugs it covers is tobacco, cannabis, ecstasy, but not ice. Slang used for drugs could be different, but this book does cover some of the most common in our modern era.
Drinking is also covered, but it does not talk about how there is an entire market targeting teenagers and promoting underaged drinking. Companies realized that if they make alcohol taste or look like soft drinks, then children and teens are more likely to drink more of it. Which is completely immoral, but it is the world we live in.
Growing up for Girls is a great puberty book for older kids. If your child can comfortably read large amounts of text, I completely suggest this for you. There are some diagrams, and the spacing is helpful, but there is no avoiding the massive amount of reading needed. This is good for tweens.
The information this book covers goes beyond puberty. Really, it is more like a two-for-one deal. In the end, whether or not you want to get this book does depend on what you are comfortable showing your child. Anyway, I hope this helps, cheers.
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