Book Review: A book for tweens and teens about puberty and periods.
A short overview of this book
The guide, period. by Naama Bloom who created HelloFlo, is a popular book about puberty and periods for girls but manages to avoid the sexual parts of growing up.
This book for girls focuses on periods but does talk about the other part of puberty as well (but not masturbation, sexual feelings and sexual intercourse). It has a very modern layout, with interesting facts and trivia, which makes it very popular with girls.
The book is interesting but as a parent and a sex educator, I don’t like books that make fun of periods and that perpetuate the myth the periods are only a negative experience. You could turn the negativity of the book into a teachable moment though, and chat about attitudes and beliefs about periods. Feedback from girls though, is that they enjoyed the book.
Sexual intercourse is NOT talked about in this book.
What’s the ideal age for this book?
The guide, period. By Naama Bloom (HelloFlo) is ideal for children between the ages of 10 years of age and older.
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Hey, today we are talking about the Helloflo book called The Guide, Period by a woman named Naama Bloom; the founder of Helloflo.
So, Helloflo is a company that started its own menstrual-mailing business. Now, they do have a rather large blog with plenty of information about growing up, women’s stuff, puberty, periods, and all those things.
This edition of the book came out in October 2017. This means that, at the time of this article, it is a recent book.
Looking inside of this book, we can see it is well designed. It has bright colors, plenty of imagery, and is very eye-catching. This is good for anyone interested in books for younger children
What does it cover? Continuing from the previous topic, this book is very child friendly. It does not cover sex, masturbation, sexual feelings, or anything that parents may find hard to talk about. Instead, it is a guide about puberty; what puberty is, what periods are, and plenty more.
It talks about becoming an adult. There is lots of information on breasts, pubic hair, periods, and how to manage periods.
One thing I do not like about this book is some of the negativity around puberty. For example, when talking about managing periods Bloom says it is,“Managing the mess,” or the time when you have your period is called,“Shark Week.”
I do not like these names since they have negative connotations behind them. Sure, managing periods can be about “Managing the mess,” but I find that to be a very negative way of explaining it.
Look, you can be funny about periods and puberty. But, if doing so means you describe the vagina or vulva as being a disgusting orifice that constantly leaks stuff, I do not believe it is appropriate.
To me, that is giving young girls the message that puberty and periods are something to be feared. That, becoming an adult is not something to be excited about, but rather anxious. In the very least, I do not believe we should shove these expectations onto young children.
Instead, we should give them the information. Support them and try to turn puberty into a positive experience for them. It can be, too. Puberty is not terrible for everyone; it can be fun.
Bloom does talk about how she does not want any of her childhood experiences happening to other children. So, she does go to a lot of experts for the information in this book, meaning it is very factual. Despite the negative connotations, it is a fun book.
One page has information about different pubic hair patterns, some have drawings, and others have graphs. Though I cannot lie, some of the graphs can be hard to interpret. Even though I have a high degree in these topics, I was not sure what to make of some them. My twelve-year-old daughter certainly did not, either.
Anyway, The Guide, Period is a more recent book about periods on the market. Though, there are plenty of others to choose from. I will let you make your own decision; however, I am not too fond of this book. While it is fun, it has many negative connotations about puberty and periods. These ideas are often pushed onto the children reading this book.
Personally, I prefer a more factual book that can give my daughter a positive outlook on what puberty will be like.
Anyway, have a look at this book and see what you think. Cheers.