Book Review: Ruby Luna’s Moontime : A girls’ book about starting periods by Tessa Venuti Sanderson is a lovely book for tweens and young teens about periods.
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Ruby Luna’s Moontime : A girls’ book about starting periods by Tessa Venuti Sanderson is a lovely book that normalises periods for tweens and teens.
This book is a little different to the usual ‘facts-based’ books that you find about periods. It is based around a diary, where Ruby Luna has her first period, and shares the ups and downs of adjusting to periods, puberty and growing up. The diary format means that the author has been able to weave in the many different experiences of first periods. For example, for some girls, a first period is brown staining instead of 3 to 5 days of red blood.
This book is very comprehensive and doesn’t just cover the physical changes, but also the emotional changes. Detailed information is provided about how to manage periods and the many different period products – pads, tampons, menstrual cups and period pants. You can tell that the author works with girls, as she talks about all the different things that girls often worry about eg losing a tampon, which hole to use etc.
I think this is a great book, and that it’ll be a helpful resource for girls (and parents too!).
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What’s the ideal age for this book?
Ruby Luna’s Moontime : A girls’ book about starting periods by Tessa Venuti Sanderson is ideal for children between the ages of 10 to 12 years.
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