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Children's LiteratureLike other books in the 'Kids Talk About' character education series, this one collects realistic situations that kids deal with everyday and addresses them in an accessible, engaging picture book appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. Using the advice column format, the book pairs handwritten letters from fictional kids with typewritten responses from 13-year-old advice columnist, Frank B. Wize. Many of the questions about cooperation also concern issues of showing consideration for others. Frank answers letters about how to share use of the family telephone with a sibling, how to work with a team of peers on various projects at school or in the community, how to cooperate with a parent about chores, getting along with a step sibling on a long trip, and how to ask someone for help when you need it. Frank's sensible advice is stated in plain, reassuring language. Simple cartoon images and large planes of color illustrate each set of letters. Guidance counselors may find this book helpful as a supplemental reading resource for students. 2005, Picture Window Books, Ages 6 to 12.
—J. H. Diehl