Book Review: A book for girls about puberty.
More Secret Girls’ Business by Heather Anderson, Faye Angelo and Rose Stewart is a book for girls that explains puberty and early sexual feelings with a simple but age-appropriate approach.
This book was first published in 2008 but, despite being nearly ten years old, it has not dated at all. The authors come from a very hands-on background. Fay comes from a teaching background, Heather is a Sexual Health Nurse/ Sex Educator and Rose is a teacher and School Psychologist. So they are dealing with this stuff everyday.
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There is also a book for boys, Secret Boy’s Business, and one for younger girls, Secret Girl’s Business. They have also published the next step in books, The Secret Business of Relationships, Love and Sex.
More Secret Girls’ Business is different to Secret Girls’ Business, in that it provides more detailed information and it begins to talk about masturbation and sexual feelings. It is targeting those girls who are that little bit older, 9 – 12 years of age. Like the earlier books, this book follows the same format. It provides a lot more written words but is still illustrated throughout.
More Secret Girls’ Business starts off by explaining that we all go through puberty and what it all means. It talks about the general changes that both boys and girls experience, and then jumps straight into the physical changes: body hair, breasts, pimples, body odour, your genitals and reproductive organs and periods. There is lots of factual information and advice and tips on how to manage the changes. Emotional changes are also discussed.
This book then goes into the sexual aspects of puberty – sexual intercourse, how babies are made, pregnancy, sexual feelings, private moments and masturbation.
They talk about the arrival of sexual feelings, and that you may start to see people in a different and romantic way. Reassurance is given that this is all quite normal and that it happens a lot during puberty. And that sometimes you can have a crush on another girl but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are gay although some girls are same sex attracted.
Private moments are then discussed in regards to touching your genitals. You might do this for comfort or you might now do it because of the sexy feelings that you are now experiencing. A nice description of how the body changes when you feel sexy is also given. Masturbation is then explained in a non-judgmental and informative way. Orgasm is also explained.
So this book is different in that it starts to talk about sex. It talks about how babies are made when an egg from a female joins with the sperm. This happens through sexual intercourse. The bodies move together and after a short time semen containing sperm comes out of the penis. The sperm then travels up to the uterus into the fallopian tubes.
At the back, you will also find tips, hints and advice for parents on how to talk at this important time in a child’s life. It doesn't have too much information but it has enough information. It tells girls what they need to know and doesn’t overload them with too much information. And don’t forget that boys need to know about the changes that girls go through too.
More Secret Girls’ Business by Heather Anderson, Faye Angelo and Rose Stewart is a fantastic first book for girls that explains puberty, sexual feelings and how babies are made. The information is very straight forward and presented in a very age-appropriate way.
This book DOES talk about sexual intercourse.
More Secret Girl's Business is ideal for children between the ages of 9 - 12 years of age.
You can buy a copy of More Secret Girl's Business from Book Depository.
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