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Children's LiteratureDesigned for older elementary and early middle school students, Think for Yourself is a plan for youngsters to deal with life's daily dilemmas. The author divides dilemmas between either manners or morals. For instance, cheating or not cheating is a moral dilemma and not sharing is one of manners. The book is divided into four parts including dilemmas with friends, with family, with grownups and everyday dilemmas. Some are more serious than others, but the same plan is used to deal with all of them, equally. The reader is first presented with a situation, asked to identify why a dilemma exists, confronts two possible solutions and then decides the way around the problem. The dilemmas used as examples are ones that confront most kids or at least confront someone they know. It is a great little book for parents or teachers to use in helping youngsters prepare for those inevitable situations in life. There are lessons in character education, but offered in a way that is a lot more fun than being preached to. 2003, Lobster Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.