The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls

Book review by Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Helpful American Girl guide for girls starting puberty.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 9+

Great start for "Mature" Audiences

This book was a great start for my daughter, starting to see development told me she was ready for the book. I would consider checking your daughters maturity level first before trying this book. It talks about periods, bras, and how to take care of your self and your emotions in situations as well. If your child thinks naked people are weird I would consider waiting a little longer because in a couple pages it will demonstrate showing how you might look by visual educating. It shows a girls vigina and breast a couple times but its for educational purposes. My daughter is at the age where she us able to get book 2, for the older audience. if you think your daughter is to young for book 1 then I would definitely wait for book 2. Book 2 gets into the nitty gritty of periods so I would personally read book 1 wait a little close to a year (if your child is somewhat near 9) and then get book 2 after having "THE" conversation. I hope this will help you consider getting this book for your daughter or not. But make sure their at the maturity level! My daughters were 9 when they got this book and its been about 2-3 years now and I'm about to consider getting them book 2. thank you for taking the time and reading my opinion!!! Have a wonderful day =)

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age 9+

Read with your daughter before school teaches it

We started with this book when my oldest was 9. We chose to prepare her and have the conversation before school taught it- in turn she was more confident in the material.This has some information that might overwhelm your daughter. This book should not substitute open dialouge. 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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