Book Review: A book for tweens about puberty.
Will Puberty last my Whole Life? by Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman is question and answer book for boys and girls that talks about puberty and growing up.
This book provides information for preteens about body changes, sex and growing up. It is based on questions commonly asked by children about puberty.
Sexual intercourse is talked about in this book.
Will Puberty last my Whole Life? by Julie Metzger & Robert Lehman is ideal for children between the ages of 11 – 13 years of age.
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Today we’re looking at the book, Will Puberty Last my Whole Life?
This book has two areas with the female side being written by Julie Metzger. Metzger is a medical health nurse who lives in the states. Robert Lehman, who does the male half, is a medical doctor.
I do love the fact that all this information is in one book. However, I do think you should split some of the information since boys and girls tend to be interested in different topics. But, don’t worry, both the male and female half contain information on one another.
Now, what does this book have in it? It is rather large, but that’s to be expected since it’s for males and females. Basically, to start off, the book describes itself as having, ‘Real answers to real questions from pre-teens.’ It talks about body changes, sex, and other grown up topics preteens want to know.
Metzger and Lehman have been running a workshop with other facilitators for a while now. Their workshop, Great Conversation, has a massive database of questions they can access for this book.
Which is the entire point; they want to answer genuine questions children have. Not only that, but Metzger and Lehman encourage the children to ask their parents for information as well.
This does mean it is the sort of book your child could read on their own. However, if you wanted to, it isn’t hard to read through with them. It has chapters, and you could quite easily talk to your child about the questions. While I haven’t read it with my daughter yet, it is one I want to look at with her.
What I like about this book is that it gives judgement free answers to questions. For example, ‘Why is my pubic hair curly when I have straight hair?’ Or, ‘What is the average age for someone to shave their legs?’ There is no judgement, they answer the reader with honest facts.
For the leg shaving one, it does talk about topics like how once you shave your legs, you’ll need to continue to shave them forever. Then, the book gives plenty information that you can read through.
Another thing I like is that the questions haven’t been written by adults. They are questions preteens or children have asked.
So, this is a good book if you’re a parent trying to get a bit of information for your kids. Even as a sexologist, there is way too much information on sex education for me to remember. It is much easier to lean on a book like this that has so many answers. What is important is to know where to get this information from. Books like these are fantastic since you can just sit and read with your children. If something is mentioned, you could talk to your kids about it easily.
Since this book is answering all the questions preteens want to know, it does talk about sex. If you’re reading this as a parent, it could be very confronting since it’s a deep dive into puberty. For the most part, it is just information thrown together into a book. The only thing really separating it all are the chapters.
In my opinion, it is a good book. I hope once my children are introduced to it, it is a book they can happily pick up and search through for information.
It also does have an index. That means you can just search up masturbation and find out which chapter has information on that in it. I love this since you can instantly see what sort of information this book covers. That can be very useful if you’re just quickly looking for some information.
Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? Is a good book. It is easy to access on the market and answers any questions you or your children have about puberty. I hope this helps, Cheers.
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