Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap
     
 

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Today's kids face grave issues and harder decisions than ever before. Gang warfare, violence, drugs, alcohol, smoking, pregnancy, depression and suicide have found their way into middle and elementary schools. Divorce splits apart families every day. These issues make kids feel as if they must understand and accept all the troubles of the world.

Now more than

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Today's kids face grave issues and harder decisions than ever before. Gang warfare, violence, drugs, alcohol, smoking, pregnancy, depression and suicide have found their way into middle and elementary schools. Divorce splits apart families every day. These issues make kids feel as if they must understand and accept all the troubles of the world.

Now more than ever, kids want and need the inspiration and hope that Chicken Soup for the Soul provides. In this special volume, young readers will find empowerment and encouragement to love and accept themselves, believe in their dreams, find answers to their questions and discover hope for a promising future.


Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
By now, everyone must have heard about the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. Well, this one is by kids and for kids. Thousands of stories were collected from kids and adults, well-known and unknown. The authors selected 101 of the stories to inspire courage, hope and laughter. They are aimed at children of all ages and their particular needs, but anyone will enjoy reading these vignettes on love, friendship, family, attitude and perspective, death and dying, achieving dreams, overcoming obstacles, choices, tough stuff, and eclectic wisdom. There's a story to touch everyone's heart, er..soul, especially the ones that are written by the children. There also is a list of organizations that help children, an invitation to write your own story, cartoons, and a blurb on each writer which restores one's faith in the youth of tomorrow. There's actually a Chicken Soup for the Soul organization developed to promote projects to inspire us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613834961
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
382
Sales rank:
1,156,892
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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We're swallowed up only when we're willing for it to happen --Nathalie Sarraute

"Please stay," I begged.

Ann was my best friend, the only other girl in the neighborhood, and I didn't want her to go.

She sat on my bed, her blue eyes blank. "I'm bored," she said slowly twirling her thick red pigtail around her finger. She had come to play a half hour ago.

"Please don't go," I pleaded. "Your mother said you could stay an hour."

Ann started to get up, then spotted a pair of miniature Indian moccasins on my bedside table. With their bright-colored beads on buttery leather, the moccasins were my most cherished possession.

"I'll stay if you'll give me those," Ann said. I frowned. I couldn't imagine parting with the moccasins. "But Aunt Reba gave them to me," I protested.

My aunt had been a beautiful, kind woman. I had really adored her. She was never too busy to spend time with me. We made up silly stories and laughed. The day she died, I cried under a blanket for hours, unable to believe that I would never see her again. Now as I cuddled the soft moccasins in my hands, I was filled with fond memories of Aunt Reba.

"Come on," prodded Ann. "I'm your best friend." As if she needed reminding me!

I don't know what came over me, but more than anything, I wanted someone to play with me. I wanted someone to play with so much that I handed Ann the moccasins!

After she stuffed them in her pocket, we rode our bikes up and down the alley a few times. Soon it was time for her to go. Upset at what I had done, I didn't feel like playing anyway.

I pleaded "not hungry" that evening and dragged off to bed without dinner. Once up in my room, I began to really miss those moccasins!

When my mom had tucked me in and turned out the light, she asked me what was wrong. Through my tears, I told her how I had betrayed Aunt Reba's memory and how ashamed I felt.

Mom hugged me warmly, but all she should say was, "Well, I guess you'll have to decide what to do."

Her words didn't seem to help. Alone in the dark, I began to think more clearly. Kids' code says you don't give, then take back. But was it a fair trade? Why did I let Ann toy with my feelings? But most of all, is Ann really my best friend?

I decided what I would do. I tossed and turned all night, dreading daylight.

At school the next day, I cornered Ann. I took a deep breath and asked for the moccasins. Her eyes narrowed, and she stared at me for a long time.

Please, I was thinking. Please.

"Okay," she said finally, producing the moccasins from her pocket. "I didn't like them anyway." Relief washed over me like a wave.

After a while, Ann and I stopped playing together. I discovered the neighborhood boys weren't half bad, especially when they asked me to play softball. I even made girlfriends in other neighborhoods.

Through the years, I have had other best friends. But I have never again begged for their company. I have come to understand that best friends are people who want to spend time with you, and they ask nothing in return.

copyright© 1998 Mary Beth Olson. Reprinted by permission of Mary Beth Olson.

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Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked all of the storys!! I have a lot of favorites. I think that the storys can relate to real life easily!! I am going to try to read all of the Chicken Soup books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book beacuse of the inspiring stories it offered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The series of Chicken Soup books has held my attention since their first publication. Perhaps this is one of the most important books in the series. The stories will also help everyone realize that life is a journey. The words will inspire you to dream, to be more positive, and to realize you are not alone. When you purchase this book, think of it as a life enriching tool. The topics of love, friendship, family, attitude, perspective, death, dreams, obstacles, choices, tough stuff and eclectic wisdom are discussed in stories, poems and passages. The stories are short enough so you could read one a day. There are also funny cartoons, poems and plenty of 'kid' wisdom. I give this book my highest recommendation. I think even adults should read some of the stories in this book. The poem a child wrote about her father is something every parent should read. I was also impressed with the health advice and section on making the right choices. The positive lessons you can learn from this book will last a lifetime. My favorite poem was on page 293, it truly holds the wisdom of a child. We have so much to learn from children, if we will take the time to listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chicken Soup for the Kids' Soul is a great book. I haven't read the whole book but I read a lot of it. So I think you should really read it if you want. It's not like a chapter book-it has lots of stories. Don't get choked up on the first chapter it's kind of sad. I gave it 5 stars out of 5. Good luck and have fun!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It had a girl that lost her horse and cried to get her horse back. Her dad bought her a new one but, she wanted her old one back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book is Amazing!!I laughed!I cried! I Smiled!I'm glad they made a Chicken Soup book for kids.They have Chicken Soup books for like seven year olds but none my age.I'm ten years old.I can't wait untill Chicken Soup for the Pre-Teens Soul comes out this October
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites! It is a book of heartwarming stories of friendship and love. It is a good nightly richual and kids will love it as a bedtime story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have this book and it is the best one I have ever read. It hastons of stories that make me cry and make me laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
in this book you find storys that make you cry & happy. in some storys you are connected in ways to these people.
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Good book it is great for when your feeling down or just want something to lift your spirits. Kids read this and they feel like there not alone with theyre problems. I would give this book 1000+ stars if i could.
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Amazing. The chicken suop that makes you feel great. 8U++3Rf7y
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You HabeTo Buy It!!!!!!!!!
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CherieEgg More than 1 year ago
What can I say? My 10 year old daughter loves this book and goes back to it again and again.
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