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Posted January 10, 2012
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.
Posted August 1, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 13, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.