What about Me?: 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention

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FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-8: When a young boy sees his parents preoccupied with his sister, the baby, and daily chores, he wonders, 'What About Me?' This charming and compassionate picture book offers children positive choices for coping with feelings of jealousy or being left out. It deftly handles the issue of sibling rivalry by showing how every child can learn kind, helpful, and creative ways to get loving attention. For parents, it's also a gentle reminder to catch kids 'being ...
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Overview

FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-8: When a young boy sees his parents preoccupied with his sister, the baby, and daily chores, he wonders, 'What About Me?' This charming and compassionate picture book offers children positive choices for coping with feelings of jealousy or being left out. It deftly handles the issue of sibling rivalry by showing how every child can learn kind, helpful, and creative ways to get loving attention. For parents, it's also a gentle reminder to catch kids 'being good.'

  • Winner 2006 NAPPA, National Parenting Publications Award, pre/K Honors
  • Winner of a Smart Play/Smart Toy Award for 2006 from the San Francisco-based Institute for Childhood Resources, and its founder, "Dr. Toy" Stevanne Auerbach.

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Editorial Reviews

News Tribune (Tacoma)
Katayama draws childhood in warm, bright hues. The way we think it is supposed to be remembered. The way we want our own children to remember their time of innocence.
Parents and Kids
A fun book with a serious message for kids... a book to read over and over... It's a must-have.
The Children's Bookwatch
An ideal addition to child counselor, family, school and community library collections. Very highly recommended for all little readers--and parents hoping to instill responsibility in their children's character and conduct.
The Journal (North Seattle)
Colorful drawings depicting characters within the story help connect kids to the text and lure them into the tale.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This rhyming picture book offers positive activities that youngsters can use to get attention. The suggestions range from asking, "Can I help?" to doing some things all by themselves or inviting a parent to play. "Offer to share-even give Sister half./Make silly faces so Baby will laugh." Katayama's ink-and-watercolor, cartoonlike children with tiny elliptical dots for eyes tend to be a bit cloying, but the pictures convey a sense of harmony in the home. An additional purchase with limited child appeal.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884734861
  • Publisher: Parenting Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 439,987
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

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    Highly Recommended...

    Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers Favorite

    "What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention (Without Hitting Your Sister)" by Eileen Kennedy-Moore recognizes the need of children to interact with their parents following the birth of a younger sibling. Written in easy-to-read-aloud verse, "What About Me?" offers concrete things kids can do to solicit positive attention from their parents and encourages parents to reinforce those behaviors with a smile, a hug and loving words of acknowledgment. The author recommends that parents read this book to their children aged three through eight several times and then leave it in some place where children can pick it up and look at it again on their own. Mits Katayama’s illustrations rendered in black ink and watercolor depict each of the 12 attention-getters clearly for children unable to read.

    The book is designed to help children cope with jealousy and express feeling ignored in peaceful ways. Suggestions include, “Offer to share—even give Sister half. Make silly faces so Baby will laugh.” The text doesn’t rise to the level of poetry, but Dr. Kennedy-Moore does effectively communicate her practical strategies as a clinical psychologist and her affirming approach to both children and parents through the book itself and a “Note to Parents” at the end. Her methods encourage family connection and offer children choices rather than rules. At the same time, parents must notice and reinforce their child’s attempts to gain positive attention. With less than 300 words, this is a book parents and children will love to read together again and again.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    What about Me is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    The perfect gift for the older sibling!

    My five-year-old daughter received this gift from a thoughtful friend when our baby was born. I think it must have struck a chord with her. She has memorized several portions of the book and recites them to me in a sing-songy voice. I like the fact that the book offers suggestions about things to DO and focuses on HER, not the new baby. The pictures are adorable and help her to 'read' the book by herself, even though she is not reading yet. I wish the author would write a similar book directed at husbands--12 Ways to Get the Mother of Your Children's Attention Without Complaining About How Messy the House Is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Wonderful book to help cope with sibling rivalry

    This book is absolutely necessary if you have more than one child. The author gives concrete suggestions on how to spread attention to all and deal with sibling rivalry.

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