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- Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 204mm x 210mm x 14mm | 400g
- Publication date: 1 July 2006
- Publication City/Country: Sydney
- ISBN 10: 1741145635
- ISBN 13: 9781741145632
- Illustrations note: photos; cartoons
- Sales rank: 4,719
Have you ever noticed, now that you are growing up, that your parents want to sit you down and have these embarrassing kinds of conversations with you about sex? Or they leave those 'educational' books about growing up lying around the house? Or you've got some questions about what's happening to your body but you just can't hack the idea of talking about it with your mum? Well, Puberty Boy sidesteps embarrassing conversations and gives the full low down on what it means to be growing up. And it's written just for you. In this book, real men and boys share their stories about puberty. This light-hearted, plain speaking and honest book tells you what puberty is, when it happens and how your body will change. It explores the thinking and emotional changes that are happening alongside the physical and even tackles how to talk to girls! There's a brain shift happening inside you at puberty and Geoff price makes sure that you know about it and are equipped to handle it.
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Geoff Price has been running Pathways to Manhood wilderness camps for 10 years, helping boys make the challenging transition from boy to young man and healthy adulthood. Geoff works as a councillor, mediator and facilitator at his Sydney private practice. He was founding Vice President of the NSW Men's Health and Wellbeing Association and has a passion to improve boys and men's health and wellbeing.
"Clear, wise, and kind--a major achievement. Treats puberty with a 'whole person' viewpoint." --Steve Biddulph, author, "Raising Boys"
A companion to Puberty Girl (2005), this well-meaning volume will be handy for parents (who don't intend to talk with their children about sex) to leave around the house for their sons to read on their own. Emphasizing that it's not a book about sex, Price does talk about sex, but focuses mainly on the many issues and challenges of puberty. The tone is serious, straightforward and affirming, with the message that "Boys are born, men are made," meaning that boys can learn to make responsible and respectful decisions on the way to manhood. Topics include anatomy, masturbation, homosexuality, girls and emotional intelligence, always covered in a frank manner, with nice touches of humor. The format is colorful but busy to the point of being cluttered. Sidebars abound, and pages and text change colors, making the print difficult to read at times. Cartoons, diagrams, photographs and drawings contribute information and liveliness to the pages. A glossary and a list of Web sites make this a handy resource for boys. (acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 12+) (Kirkus Reviews)
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Welcome to Puberty Boy!Chapter 2 Puberty what is it and when?Chapter 3 Changes on every frontChapter 4 Girls are changing tooChapter 5 Exploring your bodyChapter 6 You are in charge of your own body!Chapter 7 Becoming aware of sexualityChapter 8 Staying healthy it's about attitude!Chapter 9 Your body your shape or the media shape?Chapter 10 The brain shift boy thinking to Puberty Boy thinkingChapter 11 HELP is not a four letter word like WEAK Chapter 12 Developing your emotional intelligence what, do emotions have a brain!?! Chapter 13 Fight, run or a 3rd way?GlossaryReferences/ResourcesAcknowledgments