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Title:
Ready, set, grow! : a what's happening to my body? book for younger girls
Author:
Madaras, Lynda.
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Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
A note from the author: Hi, I'm Lynda Madaras -- What's happening to me? puberty is about change -- Buds, boobs, and bras: your growing breasts -- Hair, there and everywhere: all about body hair -- You grow, girl! the height spurt -- Bigger Is beautiful: the weight spurt -- BO and zits: a survival guide -- What's up down there? a look at your private parts -- The inside story: changes you can't see -- That time of the month: all about getting your period -- Yours alone: respecting and protecting your body.
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ISBN:
9781557045652

9781557045874
Format :
Book

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Ready, Set, Grow!

In her uniquely warm and funny style, Lynda wrote this entirely new book especially for younger girls to give them what they need to know to celebrate and accept the new and exciting changes that are happening to their bodies during puberty.

Illustrated with delightful drawings, Ready, Set, Grow! is the sixth book in the popular Madaras "What's Happening to My Body?" series of growing-up books for girls and boys. Praised by parents, teachers, nurses, doctors, and especially kids, the bestselling "What's Happening to My Body?" books for older girls and boys are on the "Best Books for Young Adults" list from the American Library Association, and have been translated into 12 languages. Over 2,000,000 copies of the "What's Happening to My Body?" series are in print.


Author Notes

Lynda Madaras is the author of twelve books on health, childcare, and parenting. For more than twenty-five years, she taught sex and health education in Pasadena and Santa Monica, CA. She has made numerous appearances on Oprah , Today , Good Morning America , CNN, and PBS.


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Booklist Review

\f2\froman\fcharset1 TimesNewRoman; Gr. 2-5. In her revised edition of The What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls (2001), Madaras notes that girls are reaching puberty at a younger age than in the past. In this small, square volume, Madaras offers a spin-off guide directed to the youngest girls who are anticipating or undergoing the body's first changes. Goofy cartoons illustrate the upbeat, reassuring chapters about menstruation, breast development, and the reproductive organs as well as grooming issues, such as skin care, body odor, and shaving. There are medical tips just for the girls in this age group, who, for example, need to treat cramps differently from older young women or adults. The short chapter about sexual harassment is somewhat vague, but it offers solid advice in firm language: "Don't accept excuses like 'Boys will be boys.'" Parents and kids seeking information about sex and birth control will need to consult another guide, but this one is a friendly, accessible introduction to puberty that young girls can read alone, not just with parents. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ready, Set, Grow! A "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Younger Girls by Lynda Madaras, author of the What's Happening to My Body? series. illus. by Linda Davick, introduces the basics of puberty and the physical changes that come with it. Straightforward discussions of breasts, body hair, reproductive organs and menstruation are handled with sensitivity. The author reassures readers that the changes that happen to them during puberty are normal. Real girls' questions and comments appear throughout. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-With girls reaching puberty at younger and younger ages, Ready, Set, Grow! is a timely and important book. In a consistently sensitive and encouraging tone, Madaras reassures preadolescents that the changes they know are approaching or they are beginning to experience are normal, natural, and cause for celebration. Humorous sketches illustrate the emotions and stages of puberty, and keep the tone light. Individual chapters devoted to breast development, body hair, height and weight spurts, body odor and pimples, genitalia, internal reproductive organs, and menstruation gently but thoroughly provide facts and advice on recognizing and welcoming growth and development. The author weaves in a little humor and acknowledges the conflicting emotions that accompany puberty. Quotes and questions from girls she meets in her travels and correspondence are included, giving voice to the uncertainties in a reader's own mind. "What's Up Down There? A Look at Your Private Parts" is a particularly on-target chapter, taking readers on a tour of their own genitalia with the help of a mirror, identifying each part of their sex organs. Madaras's earlier "What's Happening" books, written for older readers, include discussions of romantic feelings and dealing with unwanted sexual attention. Laurie Krasny Brown's What's the Big Secret? Talking about Sex with Girls and Boys (Little, Brown, 1997) takes a humorous approach to explaining intercourse as well as puberty to boys and girls.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.