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Summary: This workbook, aimed at juvenile readers, introduces the idea and power of positive thinking. By way of clear examples and simple exercises, the author provides the reader with a step-by-step process in becoming a positive thinker. Thisis a motivational program for adolescents in a workbook format.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful book for all ages. Its inspirational and positive message will help any reader be ready to face the day with a smile. Given its brevity and simple language, the book seems to be written for ages 6 to 13. I am 17 years of age and found the book to be a nice reminder of the power of positive thought. It is a reminder that is prevalent for every student, so I recommend the book for any students above six. Anyone above thirteen will find it a quick, easy, and happy read.
The book’s message is simple: think positive thoughts, and positive things will happen in your life. But it does do a good job of identifying positive and negative thoughts, and of giving the reader effective tools for erasing the negative. The exercises reinforce the ideas and strategies effectively.
Adult Reader Reaction: The author has condensed the works of Robert Shuler, Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, et al, and developed a simple and effective workbook/guide on the power of positive thinking.
Pros: As a workbook, the material is readily used by the target audience. The author's presentation is effective and will engage the audience.
Cons: At times the book is oversimplified: its advice to see only the good in people is not necessarily prudent. For example, refusing to see the negative in a convicted criminal is not a great idea. There is also a sufficient number of spelling and grammatical mistakes easily fixed by a good proofreader. I recommend that before publication, it is read through thoroughly and all mistakes are caught.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Teachers or parents who are looking for good motivational programs for adolescents will find this a solid investment. It is a workbook and therefore consumable. Our Teen Reviewer concurs: Overall, Thought Seeds is a powerful book that it would behoove all students to read. It is an excellent supplement to any curriculum.
Educational Themes: This book outlines a program for introducing the power of positive thinking to middle and junior high school students. It is a practical and appropriate tool for both instructor and learner. Students should find the program interesting and enjoyable.