These five brief titles in the Learning-A-Living Library series cover some of the basic life skills students need to know in order to be successful both at school and on the job. Each book gives a basic introduction to the subject, how a student would apply the knowledge at home, at school and at work, and gives ideas for applying the information in the future. Practical, down-to-earth advice uses examples from everyday life, illustrated with photos of high school students in common situations. "Questions to Ask Yourself" are listed at the end of each chapter to help readers check their understanding of the material. These books are easy to read and would help reluctant readers understand these topics. Each cover features a color photo of a student practicing the skills discussed in the book. Although they offer important information needed by most students, the books overlap a bit. The Communicating Information and Negotiation titles could have been combined into one book, covering both topics of written, spoken, and non-verbal communication, and how to negotiate solutions in which both sides win. Effective Budgeting discusses budgeting materials and human resources as well as money, using a small business as an example. It also includes a list of "Organizations to Contact" for those wanting more help. Effective Scheduling recommends scheduling free time and using a time log to track any problems. Organizing Information includes finding information in the library, taking notes, and writing resumes, reports, letters and memos-a lot to cover in such a short space. Overall, this is a worthwhile series, giving information in a useful format that students will find easy to use. Teachers planning to cover these topics will find these to be good introductory material. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. Note: This review was written and published to address five titles: High Performance Through Effective Budgeting, High Performance Through Effective Scheduling, High Performance Through Communicating Information, High Performance Through Negotiation, and High Performance Through Organizing Information. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThese two titles offer information not usually available for this age level. Hurwitz explains budgeting clearly, with charts and pictures, and uses good examples to show both the techniques and how important it is to plan expenditures in order to achieve short- and long-term goals. Negotiating skills are vital to surviving in the adult world. Simpson shows how to develop appropriate strategies and demonstrates, by example, their usefulness in school, at home, and at work. Techniques, such as defining the problem and seeking a fair solution, take practice and Simpson provides excellent suggestions and advice on developing these abilities. The format is open, with large print and plenty of white space. Good-quality black-and-white and full-color photos appear throughout, but are more decorative than informative. Adult literacy programs may also find these titles helpful.Marion F. Gallivan, Gannon University, Erie, PA