Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: The Body Book by Nancy Rue


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:

The ultimate resource for the “girl stuff” coming your way.

The transition from girl to teenager makes the tween years a time of great change—especially in the body department! This unique and creative book for girls ages 7–11 answers the most common questions girls have during this often confusing and overwhelming stage in life. The Body Book gives girls the scoop on everything from body changes and cramps to diet and exercise in an inviting and conversational manner.
The Body Book not only offers accurate, up-to-date information on personal issues tween girls experience but also shares it from a positive biblical perspective.

MY TAKE:
I used to like books like this one when I was a kid so I gave this one a try.

In The Body Book, young girls get to learn about puberty and everything that goes with it. The book contains Q&As with the characters of the Lily Robbins series, activities like fill-in-the-blanks, and Bible quotes.

The content covered the usual stuff plus some other things like proper diet and exercise. In each chapter, it's explained how each topic is a God thing, which is great for showing kids how God can fit into the different aspects of their lives. The Bible quotes were a nice touch although there were times when they weren't an exact fit. I thought that the fill-in-the-blanks activities would work, although older girls may not find it too appealing.

What I didn't like about this book, though, was that since this is a book for young girls, majority of the information is very generalized. As such, I spotted at least one thing that wasn't entirely accurate. The book mentioned that tampons are safe. While generally, they are safe, use of tampons, especially if for more than a few hours at a time without being changed, can result in toxic shock syndrome. It's rare, but it's a possibility, so I think even just a quick mention of that fact would have made this book more complete.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tommy Nelson for the e-copy.

THE GOOD:

  1. The use of the characters from the Lily Robbins books can make this book more relate-able to young girls.
  2. It discusses things like proper diet and exercise.
  3. The activities make the book interactive instead of just instructional.

THE BAD:

  1. Some of the information is too generalized.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
The experts also suggest that you get protein from different sources, that you switch to 2 percent or 1 percent milk, and that half the grains you eat are whole grains.
READ IT IF:

  1. You're a young girl who's just starting puberty.
  2. You want to help your child see how puberty and going up relates to God's plan for her.
  3. You want your child to learn more about puberty.

RATING:
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