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The Care and Keeping of You PDF
The Care and Keeping of You PDF
No. Of Pages: 106
PDF Size: 11.3 MB
Language: English
Category: Ebooks and Novels
Source: American Girl

Periods were initially introduced to me via a cartoon. My mother brought me a huge white book with three cartoon females on the front, each wrapped in a towel and dripping wet, as if straight out of the shower, just before I entered middle school. The book was titled “The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls” and was published by American Girl. “The more you know about your body, the less strange and humiliating growing up will seem—and the easier it will be to talk about,” a reader’s note on the first spread said.

The comprehensive book began by clarifying that “everyone” goes through puberty, and then divided into sections on everything from routine body cleanliness to receiving your first period. Each page showed happy cartoon females of all ethnicities and sizes, exhibiting anything from shaving their legs to shopping for their first bra. I recall feeling a bit less terrified of what my body might become as my mother and I read the book together. My mother, however, closed the book after we had completed reading about the differences between training and underwire bras. “When you’re older, we’ll read more,” she promised.

I couldn’t wait any longer. I stole the book from her dresser that night and squatted next to my room’s nightlight, reading about periods and vaginas and the hormones that would transform my body from “small girl to grown-up woman.” I returned to the book many times over the next several years, including when I finally received my first period two years later.

The Care and Keeping of You PDF
The Care and Keeping of You PDF

Not only did I find peace in the care and keeping of you. Since its first publication 20 years ago, the book has sold more than 5.1 million copies. And it was still on the New York Times best-seller list as late as 2016. It has been appreciated by preteens, parents, and sex educators alike for its friendly tone and mild introduction to major physical changes.

“In terms of just a solid, fundamental, ‘This is your body, this is how it works, and this is what’s going to happen to it,’ this book is one of the finest there is,” says Heather Alberda, a sexuality educator at Michigan’s Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

The book became an instant best seller, and Barbara Stretchberry, the executive editor at American Girl for the last 20 years, recalls emails from tweens thanking her for the book. In 2013, the company updated the book with even more varied images and launched a second book, The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls, which delves further into the emotional changes experienced throughout puberty and is aimed at readers aged 10 and older. (Both the original and its revised version are appropriate for children aged 8 and above.) American Girl has also issued many more advice books on issues ranging from understanding emotions to friendship problems, and last year it released Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Males, a puberty handbook for boys.

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