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The Period Book: Everything You Don't Want to Ask (But Need to Know)

by Karen Gravelle, Jennifer Gravelle, Debbie Palen (Illustrator)

  • Paperback - 117 pages
  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Published by Walker & Co
  • Publication date: April 1996
  • Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 7.12 x 7.16
  • ISBN: 0802774784

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KidSource OnLine Book Review

Not every parent knows how to start a conversation about puberty and menstruation, and not every young girl has an adult in her life that she can get answers from to really tough questions like:

This book can help any girl between the ages of 8 and 14 understand the changes associated with puberty that her body is going through, feel proud about those changes, and to find answers to questions she might have about menstruation. This practical, easy to read, and well-illustrated book is a must have for families of preteens and libraries.

After I read this book I shared it with my eldest daughter, age 8, who first looked at all the pictures, then started asking questions about those pictures. We had a wonderful conversation that when on for about a week. We would discuss one topic, go about our lives, and then she would ask another question, seemingly out of the blue. It was obvious to me that she was thinking about this book, and I continue to feel privileged to answer her questions. We have a long road ahead, but this book helped us take the first steps.

-- Nancy L. Brown, Ph.D.

From the Back Cover

Karen Gravelle and her fifteen-year-old niece, Jennifer Gravelle, have written an down-to-earth and practical book that answers any questions you might have about your period, from what it is and what is feels like, to how to chose pads and tampons, to how to talk to your parents about it. The Period Book will help guide you through all the physical, emotional and social changes that come with your period, as well as related issues like dealing with friends and family. Debbie Palen's funny and sympathetic cartoons ease the confusion and exasperation you might feel, and celebrate the new sense of power and maturity that your period can bring. Perfect for sharing, The Period Book is a trusty friend that can help you feel happy and confident about this new phase of your life.

Karen Gravelle co-wrote Walker and Company's Where Are My Birth Parents? and is the author of several other books about difficult issues facing today's adolescents. She lives in New York City.

Debbie Palen is a professional artist from Cleveland, Ohio. She illustrated Walker and Company's Keep the Buttered Side Up.

Other Descriptions

Called "warm and positive" by Booklist, this user-friendly book about menstruation and puberty doesn't just give the facts, no ma'am: it addresses many private worries that girls may have a hard time talking about and offers truly practical tips that most girls have had to figure out for themselves -- the hard way. Light-hearted cartoon illustrations help keep the tone sympathetic and upbeat. -- Review