After having had an official ‘agony aunt’ chat with my niece who is just about hitting the wonder years (am still wondering who was in more agony during the chat), I came upon a fantastic set of books. We are really luckier than our folks were with books like Just For Girls by Sarah Delmege and Just For Boys by Matt Crossick. Both titles have the runner line, ‘A Book About Growing Up’ and are published by Parragon. The spirally bound books are beautifully illustrated
with fun cartoon images, bright colours and tabs for different sections.
The books yell – ‘pick me up, read me’ without any of the queasiness that would generally accompany a book of this nature. The content for the girls cover Body Talk spanning right from getting breasts, stages of development and bras to your period, PMS, pimples, hair removal techniques, body image and what boys think. Other topics include Your Health, Your Emotions, Boy Stuff (explaining how the stage is different for boys) and Got a Problem? (FAQ section). The book for boys covers headings like, Why Me? Why Now? What’s Happening? The Facts About Hair; Spots and Down There; Health and Fitness; Girls, Girls, Girls; Feelings, Embarrassment and How To Stay Happy and Real Life Problems.
The books even have a few symbols that stand for real-life stories; Top
Tip or advice from the experts and Fact File or the technical bits. The books are superbly laid out and cover all the essentials.
As I went through the book for girls, I said ‘check, check, check’ to myself. While it would have been easier to present the book, I’m happy I had a one-on-one chat with my neice and know she has a fall back to browse through anytime. This is an ideal handbook for any parent whether you’re awkward, or not, about dealing with body talk.
Available on flipkart.com for approximately Rs. 165/-