The Care & Keeping of You by Valorie Schaefer

The Care & Keeping of You: the Body Book for Girls. Valorie Schaefer. Pleasant Company Publications, c.1998). 104 pages.


“During puberty you’ll grow up and out, and not all parts will grow at the same rate. At times you may look and feel like a puppy whose paws are too big for its body! You’ll notice changes in your skin, hair, breasts, and other parts of your body. And you’ll experience new emotions, too. All of these changes are caused by hormones, chemicals your body produces to change you from a young girl to a woman” (Schaefer, 1998, p.8).

Valorie Schaefer’s The Care & Keeping of You: the Body Book for Girls is a girl’s guide to puberty. It answers all the questions growing girls have about their bodies. The book addresses a wide range of topics, such as hair and skin care, breast development, nutrition and healthy eating habits, periods and the pubic area, sleep, and feelings.

Review/personal thoughts:

Valorie Schaefer’s The Care & Keeping of You is an awesome, must-have resource for tween girls. As puberty is a subject girls might feel anxious about, and most definitely have questions about, this book is an important read. Getting informed will relieve a lot of girls’ anxieties. Also, the information in this book is not at all intimidating, though it was helpful and honest. This book is also a great resource for parents! Parents can use the book as a tool when discussing puberty with their daughters.

Genre: informational guide

Reading/interest level: ages 9 to 12

Similar titles: Period: A Girl’s Guide by JoAnn Loulan and Bonnie Worthen

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