Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Girl in the Know by Anne Katz, illustrated by Monika Melnychuk

 Let's face it, talking to your daughter about puberty may not be the most comfortable conversation - for you OR your daughter. Luckily, there are a number of wonderful resources available to help ease the conversation and to help girls understand what's going on with their bodies and minds during puberty.  Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up by Anne Katz, illustrated by Monika Melnychuk is a brand new resource with great appeal.

Unlike a lot of dry, boring books out there on the subject, Girl in the Know is  conversational without being condescending. Not only does it cover what's going on with a girl's body during puberty, but it also covers mental changes like mood swings and other things like crushes. What's more, the book contains a section telling girls how they can take care of themselves during this mentally and physically-challenging time.  Being a book lover, I especially enjoyed the section that listed "coming-of-age" books featuring girl characters who may be experiencing some of the same changes, thoughts, and feelings as the girls reading Girl in the Know.

In a friendly tone, Girl in the Know sends an encouraging message that helps girls deal with and understand puberty in a positive and healthy manner. Highly recommended.

Learning Materials: Download a PDF with activities and learning materials from the publisher's website.
Reading level: Young Adult | Publisher: Kids Can Press, Ltd. (March 1, 2010) | ISBN-13: 978-1554533039 | Source: Review copy received

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