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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Review: a smart girls's guide to starting middle school

     I recently came across this book while looking for a gift for my niece.  I think it would be a great gift for any 4th or 5th grader moving on to middle school.  There is so much practical information, hypothetical situations (with good solutions) and suggestions on all kinds of kid relevant middle school topics.  I couldn't think of a topic that wasn't covered.
     The book itself is written in a style that makes it easy to read.  Information is provided in short bursts making it a quick and easy to understand read.  It's published by American Girl.  I know American Girl dolls, accessories magazine and crafts are still very hot with the younger girls.  I also assume older girls still love their dolls/memorabilia as memories and collectibles.  Knowing that this book is part of that tradition might provided a nice bridge for them.
     Every little girl in my life will get a copy of this book before they make the big and sometimes scary transition to middle school.  I would also suggest that parents take a glance at the book.  I believe that would help to foster some good conversation about what to expect in middle school, help alleviate worries and let your daughter know she can always talk to you about Middle School concerns.

Now what do we do about the boys out there.  Has anyone seen a similar book written for them?  I'll have to research a little more.