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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: This is a collection of meditations aimed at helping “tweeners” understand and deal with the trials and tribulations of getting through adolescence. There are 26 structured scenarios, using quotes and questions, that literally cover everything from A to Z. This book is designed for interactive reading and reflection.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, read aloud book, remedial reader, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 11 to 14
Young Reader Reaction: This is an inspiring book. Each chapter is well rounded and the stories are of the simpler nature, helping for a relaxing read. I found each story helpful and amusing, quite often reminded of personal experiences through junior high school. I found the flow of each chapter easy to follow and think through while reading.
The direction toward religion is very strong and guiding. I am not personally religious, but I found the verses, prayers, and the religious aspect of the book very soothing. It brought another religious standpoint to my attention and raised my understanding for Christians and Christianity. Although there were spots where it was hard to bridge the religion gap, I felt that reading this advice book was definitely worth every minute. I would definitely advise it to my younger Christian friends to read.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author has spent 35 years working with young people. Experience has allowed her to develop learning materials that engage young people in meeting and resolving the challenges of being a pre-teen.
Pros: Pre-teens and teenagers who struggle with the challenges of self-image, etc., may find this book valuable.
Cons: To get maximum benefit from this discussion guide requires an experienced adult facilitator to ensure that the process unfolds in a positive and supportive way.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This handbook can be a very useful tool for teachers, counselors, and parents. It is a worthwhile investment that can be very helpful to tweeners everywhere.
Educational Themes: Me, Myself, and I is a collection of 26 structured discussion topics which encompass real life situations most tweeners experience, but about which they are uncomfortable or embarrassed. In the hands of a caring and experienced parent or teacher, the meditations provide information and support to help students cope with this period in their lives.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 6.1
Literary Categories: Fiction - essays, religion, conduct of life
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2008
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