What's Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: Revised Edition

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HarperCollins, Jun 8, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 233 pages
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To help boys realize that they are not alone in their concerns as they go through their transformation to manhood, they need information, and this is the best book to give and share with them.

This bestselling classic, written by an experienced educator in a reassuring and down-to-earth style, has sold over 400,000 copies and been translated into 12 languages. The introduction is for the parent, the book for the young man. Readers will be comforted with honest, sensitive, non-judgmental straight talk on the body’s changing size and shape, the growth spurt, reproductive organs, voice changes, body hair, puberty in girls, and much more.

This expanded Third Edition addresses questions raised in the thousands of reader letters received by the authors over the years. Material new to this edition includes more detailed discussion of penis size; expanded sections on eating right, exercise, steroid abuse, and weight training; updated advice on acne treatment; and crucial information on AIDS, STDs, and birth control appropriate for this age.

Filled with illustrations and stories of boys’ real-life experiences, The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys is a comprehensive puberty education and health book for all young boys from ages 8 to 15.

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Great Book for boys about the body

User Review  - savannahgal - Borders

I purchased many books for my boys about the body and changes during puberty and this was by far one of the best books I purchased. It is very thorough and my boys found it to be the most informative. I would recommend this book to other mothers. Read full review

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Having only read this book in the online format, I am very impressed. Not only does the book normalise male anatomy in its natural state, it also educates on its purpose. Such a relief to find a source that teaches a boy about his foreskin, and the reason why he has smegma. These are natural, FUNCTIONAL parts of being human!
The stages of separation of the foreskin from the glans is depicted, and a fused foreskin normalised - Phimosis before the completion of puberty is not mentioned in this book, rather, it is explained that it is NORMAL for the foreskin and glans to be fused in some boys until the end of puberty. Its just one of those things!
The authors have also explained circumcision and the differences in penile functionality displayed in the circumcised penis, but have not promoted it in any way - just explained that it happens, and if you happen to be one of those boys, this is what you should expect. The current controversy surrounding circumcision and STI rates is touched on, but no negative stigma is placed on the child for having been circumcised. The process is explained briefly.
A very well-written book, with clear preference for the natural state of the body, because lets face it, it was made this way for a reason. I think a great many of the world's doctors could do with reading this book!
Serene Johnson
Registered Nurse.

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About the author (2007)

Lynda Madaras is the author of twelve books on health, child care, and parenting. For more than twenty-five years, she taught puberty and health education to young students in Pasadena and Santa Monica, CA. Her daughter, Area Madaras, was just eleven years old when she assisted her mother with the first "What's Happening to My Body?" book. Now a communications consultant and the mother of two young girls, she lives in California and continues to work with her mother on the series.

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