How to Win Friends and Influence Creatures

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A few simple tricks will carry you far in the social world, and the menagerie in this book will help you to master them, from the proper way to converse (don't open your mouth just to hear yourself roar) to good manners while bathing (don't hog the mud bath!).

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A few simple tricks will carry you far in the social world, and the menagerie in this book will help you to master them, from the proper way to converse (don't open your mouth just to hear yourself roar) to good manners while bathing (don't hog the mud bath!).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The lessons about life and friendship that the quirky, cartoon animals learn in this diminutive book are both practical and fun. A blue creature peeks out above a white fence as the text reads, "Stand up straight..." Opening the gate reveals a snake-and the rest of the sentence: "unless you have no legs to stand on." On another spread, one elephant stands apart from the noisy herd: "When everyone else is talking... learn to listen" (the elephant is then shown with a mouse in his trunk and its ears perked up). The information-and the humorous touches in the art-lend it both kid and adult appeal. Wishes for You is also available. Ages 4-8. (May)

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Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
Even though small in size and with a very gentle cover that contains a bright, soft 3-D polka-dotted umbrella top, the contents are more sophisticated than at first glance. Appearances can be deceiving, "Fancy feathers don't make the bird. Don't dress like a peacock… if you're a penguin." As the reader turns every page, bits of timely wisdom about friendship and relationships are presented with flair, humor, and whimsy. Elephants show that "When everyone else is talking… learn to listen," while tigers point out "Don't open your mouth… just to hear yourself ROAR!" Delightful characteristics of numerous animals bring life lessons to people of all ages, such as "Try to see things from another creature's point of view" as an owl hidden under a flap perches upside down beside a bat. An octopus is tied up in knots as a reminder to "Keep your tentacles to yourself… even when others don't." Certainly friends and extended family members should remember "If you're invited for a sleepover… don't SNORE" as an elephant's trunk blows various types of critters across the grass. Who can deny that a book about proper manners, tact, behavior, and kindness is both timely and smart? "DON'T hog the mudbath" and "Croak good things about others" demonstrate good sense. There are indeed times when it is best to be last in line, definitely a tough lesson that younger students find hard to accept. In the book there are several different sizes of fish who are about to eat one another so that the smallest fish is last in line and may perhaps escape. "Stick your neck out to help others" shows a giraffe stretching its neck across a crocodile pond so that a monkey safely makes it across as the flap is lifted. Thus,a few strategically placed flaps combine with splendid cartoonlike illustrations. Every declaration produces an immediate smile which some creatures just cannot manage, of course. "To make new friends, start with a smile… unless you're a SHARK." One particular favorite is a bright red and green parrot who is behind a bright red flap and proclaims, "Try not to repeat yourself. Try not to repeat yourself. Try not to repeat yourself. Try not to repeat yourself. Try not to repeat yourself." Who can argue with that! Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934706572
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 993,246
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Zemke has illustrated more than 30 books for children and adults, including picture books, activity books, cookbooks, and business guides. She is also the designer of two illustration fonts for the International Typeface Corporation. She lives and works in Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Headline-------- Socialization for young children

    This is a delightful book for early readers and/or for parents to read to younger children. The concepts and the illustrations are excellent.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Absolutely Adorable!

    In my opinion, this book is for a wider age range than just infant - preschool children. The text is short and simple and easy for children in K and 1st grade grade to read, so it is easy to understand. The sweet lessons help teach kids how to be kind to others and succeed in the life of a child. My children age 4 and 6 love it! Great book!

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