Reviewed with Lynda Madaras' The What's Happening to My Body. Book for Boys.
Gr. 4-8. In these new editions of her classic guides, Madaras has made significant changes to reflect the younger age at which children are now reaching puberty. She has cut out the chapters about sex, birth control, pregnancy, and STDs, although she includes a rich appendix of resources on these topics. Mostly, the books concentrate on the physical changes that occur during puberty, with new chapters designed to serve as "owners manuals": in Boys, there's new information about shaving and answers to questions about penis size; in Girls, there's an expanded "all about having periods" section. As in the previous editions, the tone is matter-of-fact and comforting, and Madaras has further simplified the sentence structure and word choices, in some cases perhaps too much; the section on sexual harassment, for example, is somewhat vague and slightly unfocused. Overall, however, these are excellent new editions that make fine resources even more accessible to a young audience. Sure to encourage dialogue between kids and parents. Gillian Engberg
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Lynda Madaras is the author of 12 books on health, child care, and parenting. For more than 25 years, she taught puberty and health education in California schools, and she has appeared on Oprah, CNN, PBS, and the Today Show. Lynda Madaras es la autora de doce libros sobre la salud, el cuidado de ninos y la crianza de los hijos. Durante mas de veinticinco anos ha ensenado sobre la pubertad y la salud en escuelas de California, y ha sido invitada de Oprah, CNN, PBS y el Today Show. Area Madaras was just 11 years old when she assisted her mother on their first book. Now a communications consultant and mother of two, she lives in California and continues to assist her mother with the series. Area Madaras solo tenia once anos cuando colaboro por primera vez con su madre en un libro. Ahora es asesora de comunicaciones y madre de dos ninas, vive en California y continua trabajando con su madre en la serie.
"Clear and understandable information....These gender-specific titles take a modern and easygoing approach to puberty. Madaras explains everything in a readable and reassuring style. The line drawings are effective and not embarrassing. The level of detail in the books is remarkable." "Lynda Madaras takes seriously the questions asked over the years in her sex education class and gives accurate, detailed answers....The conversational tone and the frequent acknowledgment that many of the topics might be too embarrassing for teens to talk about will put readers at ease." "Lynda Madaras takes seriously the questions asked over the years in her sex education class and gives accurate, detailed answers." --"School Library Journal""These gender-specific titles take a modern and easygoing approach to puberty...explains everything in a readable and reassuring style." --VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates