Real Families (American Girl Series)
  • Real Families (American Girl Series)
  • Real Families (American Girl Series)

Real Families (American Girl Series)

by Amy Lynch, Carol Yoshizumi
     
 

Your family. . . you love them, but sometimes they drive you crazy! This advice book helps you better understand--and deal with--your own unique family. It includes lots of tips and advice on living, communicating, and having fun with parents, stepparents, brothers, and sisters. See more details below

Overview

Your family. . . you love them, but sometimes they drive you crazy! This advice book helps you better understand--and deal with--your own unique family. It includes lots of tips and advice on living, communicating, and having fun with parents, stepparents, brothers, and sisters.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Christina M. Desai
This "American Girl" self-help book, designed to help girls ages ten to fourteen, explores girls' relationships with their families and reminds them that change and conflict are normal. The book reads a lot like a teen magazine article. It contains advice tips with bullet points, mini-quizzes and written exercises, speech balloons, copious graphics, and photographs. The bulk of the text consists of lists of tips to improve family life, including such advice as "phone home" and "make a list." The book may be characterized more by what it leaves out than what it includes. For example, it mentions grandparents but does not show them, and omits any mention of grandparents living with or raising their grandchildren. It mentions step- and half-relationships, but for the most part focuses on happy, nuclear families with two parents and two children in middle class homes. It stresses that all parents love their children and put their safety and happiness first. It assumes a loving family in which the girl's growing maturity is matched by growing responsibility. The author treats all problems of adolescence as solvable with a little imagination, good humor, and understanding. The most serious problems facing the well-cared-for and well-adjusted girls in this book are bad moods and conflicts with siblings over use of the computer. There is no mention of poverty, abuse, neglect, disability, or other serious family or personal problems. That said, there are some positive aspects and helpful sections. For example, it does include both white and African-American households (though no other diversity is evident). The book emphasizes the emotional power of words to heal or hurt, and gives examples ofalternatives. It discusses body language and negotiation and how to stand up for oneself without heated argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593691677
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
American Girl Series
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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