Published Sunday, September 05, 2010
“My Little Red Book” by Rachel Kauder-Nalebuff (Twelve Publishing, 23 pp., $14.99)
Every woman and girl must go through it. In some cultures it’s sacred, and in others it is something you are forced into being ashamed about. Menstruation is a commonly avoided subject, and in many cases treated like something wrong. It seems as though half of the girls who get their first period don’t know what it is. Maybe because their parents were afraid to tell them, but why? So much of society has turned away from this natural part of every woman’s life.
In “My Little Red Book,” the subject of menstruation and growing up is not only mentioned, but embraced with loving arms, with more than 90 true stories from women around the world – from India and Ghana, New York and California. Some stories are humorous and some touching, from the 1940s during the Holocaust, to the early 2000s through a text conversation. This book is very comforting for girls who are going though puberty, approaching, or have just gotten their first cycle.
This book is not just a good read for preteens, it’s also great for women – reading just for pleasure or even as a great book club read.
It includes a “Book Group Guide” in the back, with questions about the book and concerning “that time of the month.” It also includes a page of euphemisms for getting your period, most of which made me laugh. All in all, a great book for young and old.
• Grace is 11 years old and lives in Athens. Read more reviews on Grace’s blog, If You Give a Kid A Bookie, at www.123readwithme.blogspot.com.