Read the Signals. The Body Language Handbook

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
Learning body language can seem as challenging as learning a foreign language, especially when you are a teenager. "How can I make my voice sound confident? How do I talk to people I don't know? How can I tell if someone is lying?" These are just a few of the many questions covered in Naik's rundown of the signals we give off. Teens will be drawn to the information about flirting and kissing, but the book contains helpful tips for many everyday situations. Photos feature attractive teens interacting with one another or expressing themselves with their hands, face, or posture. Stick figures play a supporting role, helping to convey various concepts throughout the book. Illuminating facts, quotes, tips, and definitions abound in this "Really Useful Handbook." The series as a whole focuses on educating tweens and teens about various subjects—from the economy to taking care of one's body and from when a kiss is imminent to ethical food shopping. With layouts similar to a magazine, the book appeals to teens by using familiar sights like quizzes and do's and don't's lists. Although more popular with girls, boys interested in overcoming shyness would find this title helpful. This book is recommended for small and large libraries with solid teen populations. Reviewer: Kristy Lyn Sutorius
School Library Journal

Gr 6-8

These handbooks breeze through their topics and fail to offer solid suggestions. Stress considers anxiety related to studying and tests, offering tips on topics such as how to prepare and what to do on the day of an exam. Loss covers life and family changes, illness, and grief due to bereavement and other causes. Signals provides little information about body language, instead focusing on teen relationships and social situations. The books have a colorful, fun format with large color photos of teens of different ethnicities. Traditional prose is sacrificed for bullet-pointed text boxes containing bite-sized portions of information. Unfortunately, these "snacks" don't add up to a full meal. The format makes for choppy reading, and some statements are contradictory or confusing. For example, in Signals , the claim that "People who are lying are often very specific" appears on the same page as the statement that liars "...give you vague information when you ask for an explanation." Advice is shallow and examples are scarce, making the strategies difficult to implement. References for quoted studies are not provided. Ultimately, readers will walk away frustrated and seek answers elsewhere. Point them toward Alan D. Wolfelt's Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens (Companion, 2001) and Deborah Reder's Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You (S & S, 2008) for more thorough, grounded presentations.-Richelle Roth, Wilmington Public Library, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778743880
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Really Useful Handbooks , #2
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: IG870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 body language

Introduction 4

Making an entrance 6

Be popular 8

How to spot a fake 10

Chapter 2 flirting

Flirting with confidence 12

Flirtatious body language 14

How to attract someone you like 16

How to tell if someone likes you 18

Chapter 3 communication

Speaking with confidence 20

Making new friends 22

Talking to people you don't know 24

The art of conversation 26

Talking to authority figures 28

Straight talking 30

Chapter 4 be confident

Overcoming shyness 32

How to be outgoing (when you're not) 34

How to be confident in class 36

Getting your way 38

How to do well in an interview 40

How to cope with bullying 42

The social etiquette quiz 44

Glossary 46

Further information 47

Index 48

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