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Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens

Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens

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by Spencer Johnson

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Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that has helped millions of people around the world deal with the changes in their lives. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to


Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that has helped millions of people around the world deal with the changes in their lives. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy.

In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it successfully, and writes what he learns from his experience on the Maze walls. When you come to see "The Handwriting on the Wall," you can discover for yourself how to deal with change so that you can overcome your fears and see change as a way of gaining something better.

After the story ends, the teen discussion section may show you some practical ways how you, too, can move with the cheese and enjoy it!

Editorial Reviews

Finally, teens can get a whiff of the internationally bestselling book about accepting changes in life. When a group begins talking about the difficulties of change, Chris starts the tale of Who Moved My Cheese, in which Hem, Haw, Sniff, and Scurry race through a maze looking for cheese. Adapting his adult-oriented book to the world of teens, Spencer Johnson deftly applies his popular parable to school challenges, college decisions, dealing with parents, dating, sports, and more. A wonderful tool for classroom teachers, counselors, and parents, this lesson in remaining patient, focused, and aware is excellent food for thought.
Publishers Weekly
Spencer Johnson, M.D., adapts his bestselling adult title for a teenage audience, in Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens. Here a teenage student presents the parable (identical to that featured in the adult version) in the high school cafeteria: two mice and two "Littlepeople" (Hem and Haw) who search for cheese in a maze and react to change in distinctly different ways ("The Cheese stands for whatever's important to you like getting on a team, having a boyfriend or girlfriend, getting into college..."). In a concluding discussion, the friends apply the parable to specific situations in their lives. The author's message about the importance of anticipating, accepting and using change to improve one's life can surely benefit this audience. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
I thought this book was ridiculous. The whole cheese story was cheesy, the messages that Haw writes were too obvious, and the whole book was a waste of my time. Who doesn't know that dealing with change is tough? I really wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Illus. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Putnam's, 96p,
— John Darby, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This version of the author's adult title contains the basic parable, but in a much simpler format, almost bordering on a chapter book. In this version, several teens have heard that their school is changing to a three-semester program because of overcrowding, and they react to the news in a variety of ways. Unconcerned, Chris laughs, which prompts his friends to find out why he is so upbeat. He relates a story about two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two "Littlepeople," Hem and Haw, who search a maze every day for what they need. When the "Cheese" is gone, the mice go in search of more, but the others react differently. There are full-page inserts of one-sentence homilies such as, "The Quicker You Let Go of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Find New Cheese," and spot illustrations of the characters. While the message about the importance of adapting to change is inherent in this book, the almost childlike approach may turn off teens.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is the originator of The One Minute Manager System ™ and co-author of The New York Times bestsellers The One Minute Manager ®, The One Minute Sales Person, and One Minute for Myself. His other bestsellers include Who Moved My Cheese?; The Precious Present; and Yes or No: The Guide to Better Decisions.

He has written more than two dozen books dealing with medicine and the behavioral sciences, and has millions of copies of his books in print in twenty-six languages, including the popular children’s book series ValueTales ™.

Dr. Johnson received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and medical clerkships at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic. He lives with his family in Hawaii.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 1, 1940
Place of Birth:
South Dakota
B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons

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