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Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave

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by Elizabeth Verdick, Steve Mark
     
 

Full-color cartoons and humorous, kid-friendly text teach kids how to make smarter choices about how they behave at home and at school so they stay out of trouble, feel good about themselves and their choices, and get along better with family, friends, and teachers. Better behavior isn’t just about making adults happy: it means selfcontrol, awareness, and

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Overview

Full-color cartoons and humorous, kid-friendly text teach kids how to make smarter choices about how they behave at home and at school so they stay out of trouble, feel good about themselves and their choices, and get along better with family, friends, and teachers. Better behavior isn’t just about making adults happy: it means selfcontrol, awareness, and a positive outlook, so things go better for kids. Lighthearted yet supportive and frank, this book helps readers learn to make thoughtful, deliberate, positive behavior decisions. Behavior issues addressed include small ones, like talking or blurting out in class, as well as bigger ones, such as fighting.

Don’t Behave Like You Live in a Cave is the latest addition to the award-winning Laugh & Learn™ series.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Talks to children on their own level, and in a funny way, so that it doesn’t feel like someone is preaching at them.”—Examiner.com

Children's Literature - Bobbie Lowe
Does a child you know have behavior that needs some guidance? If so, this book is a great resource for tackling this sensitive issue. Verdick addresses behavior problems with style, humor, and lots of great advice. I would feel very comfortable handing this book over to someone who needs to learn about how the choices they make regarding their behavior affects people around them. This book presents the basics: why behavior is such a big deal and why we all, children and adults, need to actively work on our behavior. The book also covers things like the Golden Rule, setting behavior goals, reaching those goals, and the body-brain connections regarding behavior. Throughout the book there are funny tidbits of information, great illustrations, and a lot of text-to-life examples. The layout is clever with lots of color, different fonts, text boxes full of information, and of course, great funny caricatures showing why behavior is important. The overall goal of this book to not to make anyone into a perfect ?robot-kid.' More so, it is about helping children find ways to feel good about themselves, get in less trouble, get along better with family and friends, and to have fun. Reviewer: Bobbie Lowe
School Library Journal
Gr 4�8—Not only are the antics of a cartoon Cave Boy and Cave Girl used to represent bad behavior throughout the book, but they are also part of the infusion of humor that makes the tone light, accessible, and soapbox free. Verdick keeps the dialogue conversational as she gives an overview of positive vs. negative behaviors, goal-setting for turning bad habits around, and motivational tips to support a change in attitude. Acknowledging the link between behavior and the body's physical condition, the author includes a chapter devoted to the importance of activity, getting enough rest, and nutrition (for example, "When you eat better, you feel more balanced. Feeling more balanced improves your behavior. It's a win-win."). While there is the occasional clunky acronym (readers are encouraged to remember 5GG4BB, Five Great Goals for Better Behavior), the ideas are workable, especially with the practical forms and worksheets—tools that will help children and parents track behavior and make some concrete changes.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

An upbeat self-help book for elementary-school students lacking in self-control or having trouble with their social skills. Colorful, shiny pages filled with text boxes, speech bubbles and lists give unimaginative hints like, "treat others the way you'd like to be treated" and "relax" and "think before you speak." The first half of the book encourages youngsters not to act like "cave boys and girls" (apparently, cave kids were thoughtless, rude, wedgie-delivering folks), but the second half drops this conceit and reads like a traditional self-help volume, complete with lists of goals, rewards charts and behavior contracts. Humorous cartoon illustrations help keep the tone light and nonjudgmental. The advice is sound, but some of the mnemonics (5GG4BB = Five great goals for better behavior) are confusing. It's hard to imagine a child who will actively choose this, but teachers and parents who are struggling with a child with these issues might be drawn to it. This would be best if used in a therapeutic context where child and teacher, parent or therapist could discuss the contents together. (note to parents and caregivers, index) (Nonfiction. 7-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575423531
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Laugh and Learn Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
303,213
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Verdick is a children’s book writer and editor. She has authored and coauthored many books, including several in the Laugh & Learn series (Dude, That’s Rude!; See You Later, Procrastinator!; How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger; Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves!; True or False? Tests Stink!; Siblings), as well as Words Are Not for Hurting, Germs Are Not for Sharing, Bye-Bye Time, Manners Time, and many more. Elizabeth lives in Woodbury, Minnesota, with her husband and their two children.

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