February 10, 2014
Emotions and puberty
Growing Up, Inside and Out
by Kira Vermond
Most books about puberty tend to focus mainly on physical changes, and either written specifically for boys or girls, but not both. Vermond's book is different. It deals with physical changes, yes, but also with the emotional changes that every child goes through. Issues such as body image, self-esteem, mood swings, crushes, sexual orientation, and relationships are all covered in a positive and reassuring manner. Also, in aiming her book at girls and boys, she helps them understand each other and shows them that they have more in common than they might think.
Puberty can be fraught with anxiety, but it can also be exciting. This book is an excellent guide to the challenges of growing up. Another plus is that it can be read throughout the pre-teen years, as kids develop at their own pace.