The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)

The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)

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By (author) Karen Gravelle, By (author) Jennifer Gravelle, Illustrated by Debbie Palen

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  • Publisher: WALKER & CO
  • Format: Paperback | 126 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 178mm x 10mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802777368
  • ISBN 13: 9780802777362
  • Edition statement: Updated
  • Sales rank: 44,229

Product description

The essential guidebook for every girl. "The Period Book" is a reassuring must-read for every girl about to have her period, and every parent wishing to prepare a daughter for this important milestone. With more than 300,000 copies sold, The Period Book stands out from the pack by specifically addressing younger girls. And with eleven now the average age at which girls get their period, this supportive and practical approach, providing clear and sensitive answers to common questions, is evern more welcome today. The revised edition includes a new introduction for parents and an additional chapter about body image.

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Author information

KAREN GRAVELLE the author of Walker & Company's best-selling nonfiction titles "What's Going on Down There?" and "The Driving Book." She lives in Long Island City, New York. DEBBIE PALEN is a professional illustrator from Cleveland, Ohio. When not illustrating, she can be found doing yoga, writing, or reading comics. She has illustrated five books for Walker & Company.

Customer reviews

By Belu 30 Nov 2012 1

Before giving this book to my daughter I wanted to read it first to
make sure I agreed with the contents. While reading 'A note to
Parents' at the very start of the book, one chapter really alarmed me.
The specific sentence that stopped me dead in my tracks I will come to
but firstly I believe it erroneous to address parents in a book
primarily for children, and the publishers/authors should seriously consider making the address to parents a removable section particularly when mentioning issues that children shouldn't have to know about at this stage of their life.
The chapter that did it for me starts off saying "For parents the most
frightening aspect of adolescence is the decreasing control they have
over their child's behavior" and finishes to say " Regardless of how
old your daughter is when she begins to menstruate, or how interested
she may or may not be in having sex, her first period is likely to
trigger your concerns about casual sex, unwanted pregnancy, sexually
transmitted diseases, and rape". OMG! I hadn't been able to agree with
much content in this book up until this point but this last sentence
is so out of whack I am gobsmacked at it's presence in a book primarily for teenage girls. Why would your daughters first period trigger
concerns about rape? Firstly is the perpetrator going to wait until a
child has a period? Why connect this very serious concern with having
a period? All parents want to protect their children from unknown
dangers at all stages of their lives. Why say this? I don't want my
daughter thinking that because she gets her period she has more chance
of being raped. Out of curiosity there is a slim chance that she might
read this section addressed to parents (considering the authors views
of decreasing control we have over our child's behavior!) I think it is
completely ignorant to draw this picture at this point or
any point through out the book.

I would not recommend this book unless you enjoy the 'shock jock' approach.