Sunday, March 31, 2013

Just Grace and the Trouble with Cupcakes

By Charise Mericle Harper

This is the newest Just Grace book.

My 8 year old son said: He liked the game ideas provided.
My 10 year old daughter said: She liked the cupcake theme.

Just Grace's class is having a school carnival, and the class is divided into teams to plan their games. Just Grace has a difficulty with her best friend and has to learn how to fix friendships and get along with others. But that is not the most fun part of the book. The best part is that there are probably 10 cupcake game ideas, a cupcake recipe, and more ideas that kids can use for a birthday party, carnival, or just a fun time with their family. My son said he loves the ideas that Just Grace books give.

If you want a fun, clean story mixed in with excellent game ideas, this is the book for you!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

American Girls The Care and Keeping of You, Volume 2

The Care and Keeping of You 2

I was very impressed with this book, Care and Keeping of You (2). I had heard excellent things about the first volume, and haven't gotten around to purchasing it for my 10 year old.

This book is written for a 10+ year old girl who has started to have early signs of puberty.

One of my favorite things about this book is that while it explains almost everything about puberty, it doesn't go into the mechanics of sex. I don't want my daughter to have all the details about how that works yet, even though she is definitely becoming more physically mature.

I felt that the topics addressed and the detail given was very spot on. My daughter is almost 11, and she has started to have early signs of puberty. Topics like moodiness, smelly armpits, starting your period, and other self-care thoughts are covered in a very matter-of-fact way, while always encouraging the girls to go talk to their parents or another trusted adults, and emphasizing that parents are on your side, and they are there to trust.

I was a little sad to see that there had to be a short section on cutting and eating disorders, but I realize that is a major part of our world right now, and that it's better to address it on a small scale and let kiddos know to talk to their parents about it, than for them to learn from their friends.

All in all, a great book that my daughter wants to read, and that I would like her to read as well.