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Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul: 101 Stories of Courage, Hope and Laughter for Kids Ages 8-12

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Overview

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.

"...the popular Chicken Soup series now includes a volume of stories that will appeal and touch children of all ages."

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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.
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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, are joined here by Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, are joined here by Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap.

Patty Hansen is the coauthor of Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul. She serves as chief financial officer and troubleshooter at Mark Victor Hansen and Associates.

Irene Dunlap is a writer and jazz singer. She lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband and their two children.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
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Green Salami

That is the best&#151to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.

&#151Gloria Vanderbilt

Sometime during the seventh grade two things happened to me. The first was that I got hooked on salami. Salami sandwiches, salami and cheese, salami on crackers&#151I couldn't get enough of the salty, spicy sausage. The other thing was that my mom and I weren't getting along really well. We weren't fighting really badly or anything, but it just seemed as if all she wanted to do was argue with me and tell me what to do. We also didn't laugh together much anymore. Things were changing, and my mom and I were the first to feel it.

As far as the salami went, my mom wouldn't buy any because she said it was too expensive and not that good for me. To prove my emerging independence, I decided to go ahead and eat what I wanted anyway. So one day I used my allowance to buy a full sausage of dry salami.

Now a problem had to be solved: Where would I put the salami? I didn't want my mom to see it. So I hid it in the only place that I knew was totally safe&#151under my bed. There was a special corner under the bed that the upright Hoover couldn't reach and that my mom rarely had the ambition to clean. Under the bed went the salami, back in the corner&#151in the dark and the dust.

A couple of weeks later, I remembered the delicious treat that was waiting for me. I peered beneath the bed and saw...not the salami that I had hidden, but some green and hairy object that didn't look like anything I had ever seen before. The salami had grown about an inch of hair, and the hair was standing straight up, as if the salami had been surprised by the sudden appearance of my face next to its hiding place. Being the picky eater I was, I was not interested in consuming any of this object. The best thing I could think of to do was ... absolutely nothing.

Sometime later, my mom became obsessed with spring cleaning, which in her case meant she would clean places that had never seen the light of day. Of course, that meant under my bed. I knew in my heart that the moment would soon come when she would find the object in its hiding place. During the first two days of her frenzy, I watched carefully to judge the time when I thought she would find the salami. She washed, she scrubbed, she dusted.., she screamed! She screamed and screamed and screamed. "Ahhhhhhàahhhhhhàahhhhhh!" The screams were coming from my room. Alarms went off in my head. She had found the salami!

"What is it, Mom?" I yelled as I ran into my room. "There is something under your bed!"

"What's under my bed?" I opened my eyes very wide to show my complete innocence.

"Something ... something... I don't know what it is!" She finally stopped screaming. Then she whispered, "Maybe it's alive."

I got down to look under my bed.

"Watch out!" she shouted. "I don't know what it is!" she said again. She pushed me to one side. I was proud of the bravery she was demonstrating to Save me from the "something" in spite of her distress.

I was amazed at what I saw. The last time I had looked at the salami, the hair on it was about an inch long and fuzzy all over. Now, the hair had grown another three inches, was a gray-green color and had actually started to grow on the surrounding area as well. You could no longer tell the actual shape of what the hair was covering. I looked at my mom. Except for the color, her hair closely resembled the hair on the salami: It was standing straight up, too! Abruptly she got up and left the room, only to return five seconds later with the broom.

Using the handle of the broom, she poked the salami. It didn't move. She poked it harder. It still didn't move. At that point, I wanted to te11 her what it was, but I couldn't seem to make my mouth work. My chest was squeezing with an effort to repress the laughter that, unbidden, was threatening to explode. At the same time, I was terrified of her rage when she finally discovered what it was. I was also afraid she was going to, have a heart attack because she looked so scared.

Finally my mom got up her nerve and pushed the salami really hard. At that same exact moment, the laughter I had been trying to hold back exploded from my mouth. She dropped the broom and looked at me.

"What's so funny?" my mom asked. Up close, two inches from my face, she looked furious. Maybe it was just the position of having her head lower than her bottom that made her face so red, but I was sure she was about to poke me with the broom handle. I sure didn't want that to happen because it still had some pieces of gray-green hair sticking to it. I felt kind of sick, but then another one of my huge laughs erupted. It was as if I had no control over my body. One followed another, and pretty soon I was rolling on the floor. My mom sat down&#151hard.

"What is so funny?!"

"Salami," I managed to get out despite the gales of laughter that I had no control over. "Salami! Salami!" I rolled on the floor. "It's a salami!"

My mother gazed at me with disbelief. What did salami have to do with anything? The object under the bed did not look like any salami she had ever seen. In fact, it did not look like anything she (or I) had ever seen.

I gasped for breath. "Mom, it's a salami&#151you know, one of those big salami sausages!"

She asked what any sane mother would ask in this situation. "What is a salami doing under your bed?"

"I bought it with my allowance." My laughter was subsiding, and fear was beginning to take its place. I looked at her. She had the strangest expression on her face that I had ever seen: a combination of disgust, confusion, exhaustion, fear&#151and anger! Her hair was standing on end, perspiration beaded on her flushed face and her eyes looked as if they were going to jump out of her head. I couldn't help it. I started to laugh again.

And then the miracle of miracles happened. My mom started to laugh, too. First just a nervous release, a titter really, but then it turned into the full-on belly laugh that only my mom's side of the family is capable of. The two of us laughed until tears rolled down our cheeks and thought I would pee my pants.

When we finally were able to stop laughing, my mom shoved the broom into my hands.

"Okay, Patty Jean Shaw, clean it up, no matter what it is!" I had no idea how to clean up something and not look at it or touch it. So, of course, I got my little sister to help me. I could get her to help with anything, as long as I bribed or threatened her. Since she didn't know what the object was supposed to look like to begin with, she didn't have much fear attached to helping. Between the two of us, we managed to roll it onto the evening newspaper (my dad never knew what happened to it). I carefully, carefully carried it outside and put it into the trash. Then I had my sister remove the remaining fuzz from the carpet. I had convinced her that I was too large to get into the small corner where it had grown. I ended up owing her my allowance for two weeks.

My mom never got mad at me for buying the salami. I guess she thought I had already paid a price. The salami provided a memory of shared, unrestrained laughter. For years to come, all I had to do was threaten to buy salami to make my mom laugh.

—Patty Hansen


¬1998. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the KidÆs Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2007

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    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    Inspiring Kids

    I really liked this book beacuse of the inspiring stories it offered.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    By kids, for kids!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Don't be a chicken just read it!

    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!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2002

    It was very enjoyable.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2000

    WOW!!!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Kids will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2000

    I love this book!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    This book teaches many things.

    I love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    The best book ever

    in this book you find storys that make you cry & happy. in some storys you are connected in ways to these people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Bhvjv

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

    Amazing. The chicken suop that makes you feel great.

    8U++3Rf7y

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    You HabeTo Buy It!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    cool

    o.k......

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Inspirational, Heartfelt and Thought Provoking

    What can I say? My 10 year old daughter loves this book and goes back to it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    A reviewer

    Chicken Soup for a Kid's Soul gives the readers a chance to actually think about other people's feelings and hopes. It is not like normal books, where you buy them and the book has one topic. This book has many different stories to learn from. For example, one book is about a good friend dying, another great story is about an old man giving away his puppy. This book has many different stories written and published by children all in one big fat book. The book has 101 different stories, including poems and comics. I would put some of my stories in that book. Plus, the kids get to split a portion of the money that is made from the book's sales. The many authors are trying to give messages to the reader, like everything can't forever, treat people how you want to be treated, be kind, and many other lessons. I LOVE this book. It has taught me many things. Everyone should read this book, because of the amazing stories written by children their own age. I hope they publish a Chicken Soup for a Child's Soul 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    A wonderful, Inspirational Book, Great for kids of all ages!

    It's wonderful that we children have a chicken soup book to guide us in life, and to help us through the tough things. Every child should have a copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2004

    Inspired stories by good kids.

    When I read this when I was younger, I enjoyed reading stories by kids my age! I could relate to the young children's stories and it helped me enjoy life more. I recommend it for kids (and adults!) of ANY age!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    get thus book heres a poem In the book

    Dare rap when you smoke it's no joke smoking turns your lungs black and causes you to hack if you go ahead and smoke you are going to croak if you smoke pot your brain will rot when you drink beer you cant think clear when you drink booze your brain will snooze if you take a drug you turn in to a slug if you get high you might try to fly and you will die so if you go to a party be a smarty listen to my voice make the right choice if you never drink and drive you have a good chance of staying alive! Thats in this book get it for your kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    KIDS!

    this is the first book i read in chicken soup and i like it so much that i brought another one an ever sence that book i been reading them

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