Dr. Laura Schlessinger's Growing up Is Hard

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Nothing is going right for Sammy. His kindergarten teacher told him he could do a better job on his picture. His best friend didn't want to come over and play. And his mother punished him for forgetting to take out the trash. Sammy feels that his life is just awful, until Dad helps him find new ways of looking at his problems.

In her third children's book after bestsellers Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It!, acclaimed author and radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger ...

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Overview

Nothing is going right for Sammy. His kindergarten teacher told him he could do a better job on his picture. His best friend didn't want to come over and play. And his mother punished him for forgetting to take out the trash. Sammy feels that his life is just awful, until Dad helps him find new ways of looking at his problems.

In her third children's book after bestsellers Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It!, acclaimed author and radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger has written another important story featuring the lovable family from her first two books. Growing Up Is Hard shows a caring parent teaching his child to cope with the challenges of growing up.

When a young boy has a day where nothing goes right, his father helps him deal with his feelings and see that things change as he grows up.

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Children's Literature
Sammy has had a very bad day and is sitting unhappily on his front steps when dad arrives home from work. Sammy isn't ready to talk to dad about what's wrong, but as dad takes the time to walk with his son and listen, Sammy begins to tell his dad that he doesn't like the way things are changing. Dad is quick to tell Sammy that things are changing because he is growing up. As Dad and Sammy talk about Sammy's chores, his drawings in class and his friends, Sammy begins to understand that these changes can be a good thing if he takes the time to look at them that way. This is a beautifully told story of a young boy and his father talking about the important things in life. This is one of those books that make adults look for a child to share it with. I recommend this title for all collections that serve the preschool child. The book would make a great Father's Day gift. 2001, Cliff Street Books, $21.27. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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PreS-Gr 1-In this radio-talk-show host's third book for children, Sammy's father encourages his son to talk about what has happened to make him look so sad. The child doesn't want to say until he drops the milk carton and then screams, "I hate my life!" Life is no longer all warm and fuzzy for this kindergartener-his teacher encourages him to do better on his painting, his mother asks him to do a chore, his best friend wants to play with someone else. His father patiently explains that he is growing up and "missing being a little kid with no troubles." Sammy takes his father's advice to "find a new way to look at each and every thing-in a way that makes you love your life" and realizes that he doesn't hate his life at all. Would that all problems could be solved as simply as they are in this didactic picture book. McFeeley's exaggerated cartoon-style color illustrations do little to improve the text.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060292010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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