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I scored this at a thrift shop this weekend and I was so excited. I was paying for it and I'm telling the guy how excited I was. "These are actual letters written to JUDY BLUME!" I told him and he's like, "Who's Judy Blume?" My mouth dropped. "Are You There God It's Me Margaret?, Deenie, Blubber . . . you know Judy Blume!" Then again, I suppose Judy didn't have the same impact on guys she did on girls.Anyway, my 11-yo daughter and I both LOVED this book. Some of the letters kids wrote to her wer...
This is a living Dear Mr. Henshaw. Judy Blume compiled it in a way that it addresses special subjects and she reflects on her own perspective of them. She does a great job of giving some good advice this way, but mostly she's stopping after a little frank analysis of what's at stake in each child's letter.Good if you like: mental health, serious children. I don't know how she does it because just one of these letters going unresolved would break my heart in dozens, but that's obviously the trade...
There was a copy of this book in the libary at my middle school. I can't tell you how many times I checked it our and read this book, this book and the letters these people wrote as well as Ms. Blume's awesome response to them got me through a lot of hard times in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
This is a nonfiction book.In it Judy Blume shares letters that kids and teens have written to her about their problems. She offers mild advice for both the young people and their parents. Nothing earth shattering on that front.My favorite part of the book is Judy sharing the darker side of her life. Judy Blume has been divorced twice! Judy Blume once wet the bed at camp and was so embarrassed that she didn't tell anyone, she just made the bed with wet sheets and hoped folks thought the smell was...
I read this book when I was too young to really understand the impact of some of these girls' experiences. I was curious about a lot of these issues but should have taken some of them up with a trusted adult rather than being introduced to these by a book. I only checked it out because it had Judy Blume's name on it. Til this day, I do not know why the MV library allowed me to check this out-- at 10 years old. Letters that stand out in my mind speak to child abuse, incest and other forms of sexu...
I was never a die-hard Judy Blume fan. But I have done quite a bit of research/studying on adolescence (partially because mine was so frustrating and complicated) and this book has really helped me understand my experiences and opened my eyes to what I might encounter when I have kids.I just picked it up at the library and couldn't stop reading.Granted, most of her advice is very advice-column. I think that if a kid who was struggling with being a teenager (as all of them should be, really) and
“Letters to Judy” is more like a literary support group than an advice book. Blume refreshingly starts out by stating that she is not a psychologist or physician. She does not give specific advice, except to contact professionals and trusted adults when situations appear to be beyond the control of the children writing her letters. Some of those letters are heartbreaking to read, and the resilience of the kids who write is pretty amazing. Blume reassures and shares generously of her own experien...
Such a quick read, mainly because Judy Blume does almost no pro-/prescribing for parenting. I think this is good. It's very much a book about the voices of children, opening up awareness to their concerns and the way they think, and reminding us to be empathetic to their feelings of confusion, idealism, and lack-of-control. Maybe my review seems patronising, but her book really is not. Despite the sometimes-heavy subject matter, it remains positive, solution-oriented, and effervescent. But not i...
Man Judy Blume kind of seems like a jerk in this book! Like when she's responding to letters from children in wheelchairs, and she talks about how as a teenager she once had a rash on her face and kids made fun of her as if that is comparable? Also, she responds to a girl who writes about being overweight by talking about how hard it was for her to be thin. She also talks about what I can only imagine to be composites of actual people in cliches. Like teen girls who use "abortions as contracepti...
I had this book as a young adult and I remember buying it in the bookshop, not knowing that it wasn't one of her fiction books. I was intrigued and delighted to be reading letters to Judy, where young adolescents were asking difficult and interesting questions about growing up. It helped me a lot, in the days post- internet, when the only way you could find out about growing up was to ask your mum! Brilliant! I will always remember reading this book under the covers- delighted in its secrets! Th...
This is "parenting advice from Judy Blume" with selected letters from her readers. It's a little old (86), but the problem is that, while the letters are interesting, her wisdom is just okay, so the book overall doesn't really reveal as much as I had hoped it would. I guess I wanted her answers, like an advice column, but it was more her summing up what it's like to be young, with footnotes from young people's letters.
The reason I gave this book 5 stars is because of the fact that it really explains some of the issues that kids go through in this world. Some of these kids don’t have adults to talk to and it shapes the way they grow up and it affects their mentality and how they act. A few of these issues in this book I’ve had to deal with or other people I know have had to deal with and this book really helps me understand why things in my life have taken different turns.
Okay, so maybe reading a 30year-old-book wasn't the best idea. Judy comes across as well-meaning but out-of-date. I didn't like that she tells parents how to treat/listen/pay attention to their kids, and I felt she was a little condescending when talking directly to the kids. But again, 30 years ago, perhaps this was what was needed.
This is a great book, I don't understand why it's out of print. It had a bunch of letters that Judy has gotten over the years and then some stories about her parenting and writing and meeting fans. It is definitely a lesson in working with kids, and some of the letters are hilarious.
Some of the letters to Judy are so poignant. Her willingness to continue to correspond with many (who needed direction and a wise advisor) is impressive and heartening. This book gives wonderful insights.
This book teaches us about what goes on in the minds of kids...how to deal with them...how to understand them...how we can learn from them. Anyway, at one point, we were all kids, too, right?!
Great book for young adolescents to answer many questions they are too embarrassed to ask.
give this to my kids as preteens!
Some letters bring tears to the eyes, but overall, a great read. Very sincere.
very moving, sad, and funny... such good insight into children's minds and thoughts, and I loved finding out more about Judy's own life.
Bought it as I remember reading it as a kid. Still good 20 years later.
My favorite letter of the book: Dear Judy,Please send me the facts of life, in number order.Fern, age 9
very sad and sometimes horrific letters
I liked it on how Judy interacts with her young readers. It's nice to hear the common issues that children and young adolescents have.
Made up for lazy parents when it comes to approaching tough but necessary subjects.
I had this book in 1987 when i was 12. God knows where it went. I'm gonna have to buy it again to take me back in time...
Super quick read and offers good perspective. I remember a lot of the feelings kids shared in their letters. I can imagine this would be helpful insight for parents.
Some of the letters in this book are haunting. I wish I had discovered this book earlier & had it in my middle school classroom library when I was teaching. I know this book would have been passed around. The issues discussed in here & what kids wrote about years ago are all still relevant today. This book is a gem.
Features letters to the author from children and adults. Mentions children's problems and adults share how she impacted their lives. She shares some of her childhood and her parenting her children. Wonder what a second edition would consist about?