Book Review: A book for young girls about puberty and growing up.
The Care and Keeping of You 1 by Cara Natterson is an American Girl book that tells younger girls about the changes that will soon be happening to their body i.e. it is for girls who have yet to start puberty.
This book tells younger girls about the changes that will soon be happening and how they need to care for their changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between.
Sexual intercourse is NOT talked about in this book.
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The Care and Keeping of You 1 (American Girl) by Cara Natterson is ideal for children between the ages of 8 - 10 years of age.
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Hi, I'm Cath Hak from Sex Ed Rescue. Today we are talking about some of the first American Girl books. So we’re looking at The Care & Keeping of You by Cara Natterson today! The book I have is hardback cover from the library. My edition came out in 1998, though a more recent version has come out.
Now, The Care and Keeping of You is a book about the change’s girls go through during puberty.
At the start, the book talks about your body parts as a separate section each- your head, arms, and stuff like that. When I flip through it, I can see how to wash your hands, how to shave under your armpits, and growing into bras.
Now, we get to the more nitty-gritty stuff; pubic hair and genitals which the book covers briefly. There’s good information about pubic hair, periods, and what it is like getting them. This book does talk about everything. Looks, change, puberty, and mostly how to care for yourself.
Personally, I wouldn’t call it a puberty book since it talks more about caring for yourself. General information on puberty and what girls experience is briefed over, but most of the information is about hygiene and looks. The Care and Keeping of You is not exclusively about puberty, so if you are after that, I suggest you look elsewhere.
Finally, this book is also diverse. Just from the front cover, you can see not all of the girls are white-skinned, blue-eyed blondies. A lot of what we read can be very racially specific.
Now I’ll let you make your own decision based on whether you want to buy it. I don’t think this is one of my favorites, but I do have quite a lot of books. This book is very safe and presentable for younger kids, with lots of good information.
I hope this helps your decision, cheers.
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