A CAVERSHAM mother has released a brand new book about young girls' anatomy to help them learn about their bodies.

Tessa Venuti Sanderson, 42, is a yoga teacher and menstrual educator, who has created the book Ruby Luna's Curious Journey which is now available to buy on Amazon and in bookstores.

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Mrs Sanderson explained the book focuses particularly on young girls' lower anatomy and has multicultural watercolour illustrations that children can relate to.

She said: "My aim was to give children the correct language and an understanding of what is where (that even many adult women don’t have)."

The author wanted to keep the subject "light and entertaining" and included an action on each page and objects that children can recognise like fruit and doughnuts to give them a sense of the shapes of different parts that are inside their bodies.

However, the book stays away from sex education.

Mrs Sanderson said: "I hope that girls will feel that it is okay and normal to talk about bodies, and that they might grow at different rates from their friends.

"I wanted to include consent in the text so that this is fundamental in their future relationships."

The book is aimed at 5-9 year olds but Mrs Sanderson explained it "may depend on the individual child and family when they are ready to read the book together".

She explained: "Many parents are worried about ‘the talk’ that they will have to give to their children one day about sex.

"My approach is that if you answer questions as they arise, as soon as children start talking, you avoid the anxiety about when to give ‘the talk’ and the need to give it in that way.

"You drip-feed information to satisfy curiosity and avoid the awkwardness as they get older.

"If you answer the little questions, rather than saying “I’ll tell you later” and delaying, you keep the channels of communications open for when they get older and really need your help."

She added: "Lots of the books that I looked at for changing bodies or puberty are aimed at tweens, but with 10% of girls starting their periods before the end of primary school that information is too late.

"I know women that started their periods at 8 or 9 years old and were often totally unprepared or thought they were dying.

"In 2019, I don’t want that happening to girls."

Mrs Sanderson runs Mother and Daughter groups, puberty workshops and goes into schools to compliment the Relationship and Sex Education curriculum.

She said: "I think the female body is amazing and I wanted to pass that onto girls as their bodies begin to change.

"There is so much pressure to look a certain way and I wanted to encourage body positivity from as early as possible."

There will be a follow-on book where Ruby Luna will get her first period.

Mrs Sanderson explained the book will be aimed at 10-12 year olds, but the character will be 9 years old in the book when her period starts, so it will also be suitable for girls who start menstruation early.

She's also considering creating a boys version after the positive response she has received for Ruby Luna.