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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: 4,244
Colourful, fun and factual, young boys will want to read Puberty Boy. An invaluable source of real information for boys, their parents, carers and professionals.
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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 counsellor, 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 front..Chapter 4 Girls are changing too..Chapter 5 Exploring your body..Chapter 6 You are in charge of your own body!..Chapter 7 Becoming aware of sexuality..Chapter 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 thinking..Chapter 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?..Glossary..References/Resources..Acknowledgments