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The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, Revised Edition (American Girl Library) Paperback – Picture Book, March 26, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 21,763 ratings

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ American Girl; 2nd edition (March 26, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 104 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1609580834
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1609580834
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 10 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 900L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 4 - 6
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.25 x 10.88 inches
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 21,763 ratings

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1.0 out of 5 stars Girls lose self confidence in their tween years. This will help feed that.
By V. Pickens on June 18, 2017
My daughter, as far as she is concerned, is strong, athletic, and has a beautiful body that she can trust. The very first page of this book starts with "Its a struggle for any girl to ask questions when she's dying of embarrassment..."

My daughter is in no way embarrassed by her body, but this book over and over again tells her over and over again to not be embarrassed. We know that these tween years are the years that will erode self confidence for our girls - I really feel like this book will feed into that.

It plants seeds that freckles may be ugly and that other kids will make fun of your breasts and/or braces. Apparently, you're also going to have halitosis as you get older and provides a two page spread about how to shave those hairy legs. Girls need to really to screw up their courage to talk to their parents about needing a bra. It just made me really sad to read.

While the technical information is correct and I really liked some of the instructional material about using pads and choosing bras, the approach to a girl's emotional needs certainly feels like it was written 20 years ago. Even if your daughter *is* embarrassed about her changing body, I still wonder if this would provide a new punch list of concerns for her. I'm surprised that this is still such a popular book.

I will upload a picture of the very first page. On it, you can see that it is written to be upbeat, but there's an underlying theme of self doubt and being embarrassed by these changes. The same tone continues throughout the entire book. It is not for us.

We have settled on _What's happening to me?_ by Usborne, which had a much more matter of fact approach to what is happening, with very similar content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for younger girls
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for younger girls
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2019
I've just skim read this book before giving it to my 9yo (Year 5) daughter. It covers puberty (body changes, emotions, breast growth, bras) and periods as well as washing, keeping fit, eating healthily, positive body image etc. It DOES NOT cover sex or relationships, which was exactly what I was after at this stage. I'm very impressed and although it has the odd American term, it won't cause a problem in my daughter's understanding (e.g. candy instead of sweets).

The book has a mix of quite large text (ideal for less confident readers), lots of colourful pictures and then the rest is little bits of writing around the pictures. Lots of really good information in little bitesized chunks. I would say this book is ideal for primary school ages, maybe up to Y7 or Y8 depending on maturity level. There is a second book that is for older girls, covering sex and relationships, which based on this book, we'll definitely get.

I also bought the accompanying journal (see photo) and it is also brilliant. A great way for my daughter to engage with this book and I would recommend it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC RESOURCE FOR YOUNG GIRLS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Age appropriate
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for pre-teens
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 31, 2017
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