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The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Deeply informative, reassuring puberty handbook for girls.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

For older girls- read book one first

We started with book one for preteens/early teens when my oldest was 10. This has some deep information that might overwhelm your daughter. This book should not substitute open dialouge. This is book two- needless to say, know your kid and their maturity level. I think it's important to talk about the content of both books together. My daughter has been very thankful and has felt less embarrassed or alone because we openly talk about it. Definitely educational.

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Puberty will always be both a little exciting and anxiety provoking, but this easy-to-read guide makes it less mystifying by explaining exactly what's going on -- and how to roll with the changes. The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls -- written by pediatrician Cara Natterson -- equips girls with the biological information they need to better understand why they're changing and how to adapt.

Natterson's reassuring, knowledgeable style makes the content matter-of-fact and accessible, with a boost from Josée Masse's friendly illustrations. The book offers some excellent tips on preserving closeness with family, respecting privacy, and when to break a friend's trust. Originally published in 2013, the book barely touches on screen use and social media, and it provides outdated advice on breast self-exams. It also sidesteps sexual behavior, so families seeking information on sexual activity will need to look elsewhere.

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