Having just finished reading the boys’ version of this series (“Preparing Your Son…“), I expected to find something very similar in style. Unfortunately, this book –for the girls– was more preachy and wordy than the other book. It’s almost as if the author assumed that, because she was focusing on girls, she had to use more words to get her point across, and that she could speak in more flowery language because girls can understand that better.
Also, I thought this book –like the other– would be aimed at the 9-12 year old range. But, I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing this book with my daughter until she is at least 12 or 13 years old. There are graphic pictures of the male and female anatomy, and the descriptions of said male anatomy are more in-depth than I feel would be appropriate for a younger audience. My daughter is currently 9.5 years old, and I’d thought to share this book with her now. After having read through, though, I’ve changed my mind, and am going to wait on that, or find a different book to share with her.
This book is still good, though, in that it touches on a bunch of subjects that girls should be aware of as they hit puberty. The book talks about clothing, friendships, emotions, and sexuality. I especially enjoyed the bits about clothing, because it showed me how I might be setting a bad example for my daughter in some respects. I don’t dress immodestly — or, so I thought — but some of my shirts may still be too revealing, even though I’m not specifically showing off my chest!
Like the book for the boys, this book is also divided into two parts, the first being for Mom to read on her own, and the second for Mom to read with her daughter. The daughter’s section includes “creative conversation” exercises for her and her mother to partake in — crafts and other activities to do that will further explain the material that was covered in that chapter.
Overall, it’s not a bad book. It’s just not exactly what I’d expected, and maybe not the way I’d want to go about things with my daughter, knowing her personality. I don’t know that this book would be the best fit for her.