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Naik, Anita: The Girl's Guide to Growing Up.

Naik, Anita

The Girl's Guide to Growing Up

Illustrated by Sarah Horne

Wren & Rook, 2017, pp48, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 5263 6018 2

Many adults looking for a clear and concise book to explain puberty to a growing child will be familiar with the work of Anita Naik. This slim volume takes the subject of growing up simply and progressively and although nominally about the experiences of girls has a short section on what boys can experience as they go through adolescence. Topics such as menstruation, breast development and mood swings are covered. There is also reference to maintaining exercise and a healthy diet. The short section on self-esteem is clear and helpful. The topic of privacy is mentioned and I would have like to see some mention of vulnerability on social media especially with a view to inappropriate pictures. For that reason and for the general tone of the book I think this is ideal for ages 9 upwards. Worldly-wise young teenagers might need something more hard hitting about the pitfalls of growing into womanhood in the twenty-first century.

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Date:Dec 22, 2017
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