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It's Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Identifies Five-Year-Old Feelings & Offers 'Control Options'

This is not just a fun book to read as it acknowledges the feelings about the 'hard stuff' that happens to both boys and girls who are 5---It serves as an outstanding teaching tool that engages five-year-olds in the learning process of gaining 'self control' over their ...
This is not just a fun book to read as it acknowledges the feelings about the 'hard stuff' that happens to both boys and girls who are 5---It serves as an outstanding teaching tool that engages five-year-olds in the learning process of gaining 'self control' over their actions. Jamie's concept of a control panel is extremely helpful as it gives the children a concrete visualization that will enable many of them to literally 'switch on and off' to more appropriate behavior. The lively, colorful illustrations are a perfect match to the rhyming text and portray with empathy, clarity and humor a number of tough spots fives find themselves in daily. I love the 'bigger than life backpacks' that for me symbolize the 'load' these little kids sometimes carry around with them. I liked the fact that the book also includes some of the fun, cool stuff about being five, too. As a preschool teacher, I highly recommend this book to read with the children. I would also like to recommend 'The Pocket Parent' to moms and dads with five year-olds for more ideas regarding 'hard stuff' with fives. The author feels reading a picture book with a young child can often get a point across to the child in just the right way. Pocket Parent has a very helpful annotated list of over 100 books relating to children's feelings and misbehaviors. It recommends one of Jamie's other books called 'Today I Feel Silly' as extremely helpful in assiting a child to be able to identify and discuss his or her many different moods and feelings.

posted by Anonymous on September 7, 2004

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2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

I gave this book a one star rating only because I had to give it something in order to have it published in the reviews. It does not deserve any stars. This book does not show one example of a child learning how to work their control panel. The most disappointing is the...
I gave this book a one star rating only because I had to give it something in order to have it published in the reviews. It does not deserve any stars. This book does not show one example of a child learning how to work their control panel. The most disappointing is the illustration of knowing when to stop and when to go. I have a great sense of humor, however illustrating a five year old flipping the middle finger at the cars from the crosswalk is unacceptable in a book for 4 to 8 year olds. I for one am returing this book.

posted by Anonymous on May 9, 2005

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

    Nice book with BOYS in mind.

    I was looking for a book for my granddaughter who is turning 5 and this is a cute book but more so for Boys so will wait to give this to my grandson when he turns 5! What caught my eye in the reviews and made me want to take a second look was the "And I know when to go" illustration where one reviewer panned the book saying it showed the boy flipping the car off. How funny because IF you look at the boy's hand he is holding it up in a STOP gesture... So I had a good laugh at that one! The review is dated from 2005 and the last review is 2009...kind of dated since it is now 2011. Anyway wanted to correct that misconception that the book has a boy flipping off a car in an illustration. Not so!

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    Posted February 10, 2010

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