The Bottom Line
- The book is easy-to-read for young tweens with questions
- Covers the basics of what a girl needs to know
- Includes a pull-out guide just for parents
- The illustrations are a bit dated
- Avoids mention of sex education issues, which is either a pro or a con, depending on your point-of-view.
- Peer input helps give the book a friendly tone and offers up advice in subtle ways.
- The parent's pull-out guide offers advice on talking about menstruation, television ads, and even offers advice for fathers.
- Sections on menstrual pads and tampons should answer any questions a girl might have.
Guide Review - Period Book - A Review of Period, A Girl's Guide to Menstruation
Written in simple language, and in a friendly, helpful tone, this period book avoids mention of sex education and doesn't attempt to educate girls about dating, safe sex, or other issues that many other puberty resources include. That can either make Period, A Girl's Guide an ideal option for your daughter, or lacking in information, depending on your point of view.
Answering Questions About Her Period: Book Breakdown
The content of this period book is divided into the following chapters:
As the book's title indicates, Period, A Girl's Guide offers girls the opportunity to learn more about their menstrual cycles and a lot that comes with menstruation such as PMS, cramps, mood swings, etc. A section devoted to helping girls understand tampons and menstrual pads is very useful to any girl who has questions about what they're for or how to use them.
Parents should keep in mind that this period book truly focuses on menstruation. Other puberty issues of concern to tweens (such as shaving, breast development, body image, etc.) aren't really addressed in this resource.