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Positive Steps takes a clear and sensitive approach to these important issues. The series will help young readers understand their own behavior and feelings, and the feelings of others around them. It includes issues to think about and discuss, as well as suggesting strategies for ...

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Overview

Why are honesty and kindness important? How can we deal with bullying? Why should we care about other people? How should we treat people who are different from us?

Positive Steps takes a clear and sensitive approach to these important issues. The series will help young readers understand their own behavior and feelings, and the feelings of others around them. It includes issues to think about and discuss, as well as suggesting strategies for dealing with difficult situations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Whether it is the eyes, ears, mouth or skin, the human body allows us to access all five senses in different ways. Morgan takes a refreshing approach to tackling the sense, with sections that include "Looking and Seeing," "Hearing and Listening," and "Keeping One's Balance." The book is loosely structured so that the human body part—i.e. the nose—is explained and then followed up with the sense it is related to, i.e. "Why Smell is Important." The biology is accurate, although physicians/teachers will grow frustrated by a section on eyes that should have explained the difference between ophthalmologists, optometrists' and opticians, rather than ascribe all eye exams to optometrists. Children will enjoy the "When Things Go Wrong" fact boxes, which include how a hole in an eardrum can cause hearing loss and how someone can lose a sense. The final section on "Do You Have a Sixth Sense?" is a nice addition. While Morgan makes clear this sense is not scientifically proven, bolded words like "telepathy" are good entry points to a discussion of "gut feelings." This would be a fine addition to an elementary school classroom or library. A glossary and additional reading list are included. It is part of Amicus' "How the Body Works" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Young children are often told not to "feel" a certain way, especially toward siblings or friends. Feelings are hard for adults to understand and handle, but for children it is a minefield that are ill-equipped to handle. Often when bad things happen to the people to whom they are closest, they attribute it to some feeling that they had toward that person. Helping children to understand their feelings can help them to become more content and relaxed and make them a happier child. This series of six books is designed to address feelings, having respect for others and learning to accept differences in the people they encounter every day. In a picture book format, images of children of all ages are presented with a caption concerning feelings. The author then discusses that feeling in an open and honest way and helps the reader to come to a satisfactory conclusion. An example is the introduction of a new baby into the home, where all of the attention goes to the baby and the older child has feelings of jealousy. Although they love their new sister or brother, their feelings of jealousy will cause them to separate from the family gatherings and increase their unhappiness. Through discussion starters, the reader sees how it is okay to feel this way but that the reality is very different from the feelings and the new baby is a new part of the family and not a replacement. Any time adults can help young children to understand their emotions and let them know that it is all a part of growing up and being a part of family, good discussions will follow and positive images are left. This series "Positive Steps" is an excellent series for starting discussions within the family unit that will build positive self-esteem in young readers. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
This collection of close-up tricks uses props that are small enough to fit in a pocket and common enough audience members may be able to supply them. In Bread Roll Surprise, a coin seemingly materializes from inside a dinner roll; in another trick paper money is folded in such a way it appears to turn upside down. Math Master is a self-working trick using four dice and with some simple math you can state in five seconds how many individual dots are hidden when the dice are stacked. There is also a section that uses food as props. You can learn how to balance a grape on the tip of your finger, or how to prepare a banana that when peeled reveals it has already been sliced. Part of the "Secrets of Magic" series, there are drawn illustrations, photographs, and magician biographies on every page that break the text into short, easy to read paragraphs. Also included is a glossary of magician terms as well as a list of websites for further reading. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
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Gr 2–4—Each short book discusses big ideas (e.g., jealousy, racism, and caring for others) that could easily be spread out over the course of a school year. Young readers might be drawn to the comic-book-like speech bubbles employed throughout and the art, which is a mix of cartoons and photographs. However, the layouts look busy and dated. Still, while they cover too much too fast for children to read on their own, these titles might be helpful for parents to share with a child who is having an issue with a particular topic, such as bullying. They are also good choices for classrooms, where teachers could make use of their scenarios, role-playing ideas, and other creative games and activities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607530558
  • Publisher: QEB Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: How Your Body Works
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Do I Feel Like This? 4

I'm Really Worried 6

I Hate You! 8

I Feel jealous 10

Feeling Shy 12

I'm So Sad 14

Feeling Happy, Feeling Glad 16

It Was So Embarrassing! 18

Missing Someone 20

I Can't Stand That 22

Feel Proud of Yourself 24

Be a Feelings Detective! 26

How Are You Feeling? 28

Glossary 30

Web Sites 31

Index 32

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