The Body Book
I have an 11 year old daughter. She has two sisters ages 9 and 8. So as you can imagine, I have some interesting days ahead! In addition to very open and honest talks with my daughter, I began looking for some good resources to help my daughters through this transition time as they mature into womanhood. Some books I saw gave too much information, complete with explicit pictures, and those would not have been appropriate for the very first introduction to puberty. Some that I saw gave good information, but also included standards that were not conservative (like how to have a clean tattoo or how pink hair might be just your way of expressing yourself. [sigh]) Some had only physiological information and nothing from a spiritual standpoint. I settled on this one and I’ve been happy with it.
My daughter enjoyed reading it, first of all. It was made for the tween age. It’s not boring. It’s not long. Nancy Rue set it up as a devotional book. There are lots of places to write and make check lists. There are only nine chapters about what is going on with her body. While the pages are filled with cartoon pictures, none are explicit. There are no illustrations of a naked or near-naked body. The most personal pictures would be a drawing of the uterus and ovaries, drawings of maxi pads, tampons, and bras (not on a girl). There is talk of menstruation and body anatomy and changes. Let’s just say there is enough information in there to make a boy blush. Nancy Rue didn’t go into ALL there is to know. There is no information about the mechanics of sex, neither is there any information about a boy’s changes. And I liked that. I prefer to talk about that myself with my daughter. Mostly, though there is a LOT about attitude during emotional times, keeping the temple of the Holy Spirit healthy, and drawing near to God.
So this was a good book to start off this season in life. It opened the door for my daughter to ask me more questions and for me to keep those doors open with her. I look forward to reviewing her other books in this series.