Review of "The Period Book"

A helpful resource for tween girls who have questions about puberty

Girls entering puberty will have plenty of questions and answers will come from a variety of sources. Some of those sources will be reliable (you, health education teachers, your child's pediatrician) and others may not be as helpful. If your daughter is approaching puberty you'll need a reliable and friendly resource that she can turn to, even if you're always available for a chat. While your daughter will learn a lot about puberty from you, from health class, and maybe even from friends, there will be questions she's too embarrassed to ask, or there may be questions she doesn't even know to ask.

"The Period Book" has been guiding girls for decades through the ups and downs of menstruation, and the book is still as helpful as it was when it was first published. 

While "The Period Book" is likely to answer most of your daughter's questions, it's probably a good idea to consult a few reliable sources, including other books, helpful websites, and even older sisters or friends who can give your tween a little perspective. 

A Review of "The Period Book"

"The Period Book" helps tween girls understand the phases of puberty in a helpful and engaging way.


  • Easy to follow
  • Great illustrations
  • Helpful and friendly


  • Love the illustrations, wish there were more


  • The breezy writing style makes it a quick read.
  • The authors are sensitive to the reader's concerns about menstruation and the life changes of puberty.
  • The authors use humor to help the reader through the most sensitive material.

    Review - "The Period Book"

    There are a number of books available to tween girls that cover the phases of puberty. Menstruation is a topic all tween girls think about, but many are too afraid to ask for advice or even let on that they're thinking about it at all. This book is for all those girls.

    Written by a mother and daughter team, Karen Gravelle and Jennifer Gravelle, The Period Book gets to the issues tween girls have to face, but in a very down-to-earth way.

    Originally published in 1996, the newest edition features updated content and devotes an entire chapter to girls and body image. Other topics covered include the physical and emotional stages of puberty, social issues, changing friendships, and parent/tween relationships.

    Whimsical illustrations add a touch of fun to the book and help girls understand their changing biology. There's even a chapter to help girls get through the dreaded parent/tween sex talk.

    "The Period Book" offers both parents and girls the opportunity to embrace physical and emotional changes in a positive and helpful way.

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