Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens

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Help a teen you know deal with the changes in his or her life with the book that has helped so many others.

'Cheese' is a metaphor for what you want in life and the book gives teens a fun vocabulary and way to understand change and move forward in their lives.

Presents the author's parable about change framed in a story about a group of high school friends trying to handle change in their lives.

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Overview

Help a teen you know deal with the changes in his or her life with the book that has helped so many others.

'Cheese' is a metaphor for what you want in life and the book gives teens a fun vocabulary and way to understand change and move forward in their lives.

Presents the author's parable about change framed in a story about a group of high school friends trying to handle change in their lives.

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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.
VOYA
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399240072
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 57,863
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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.

Biography

Spencer Johnson is an M.D. who has become better known for fixing ailing corporations than healing the sick, first with his 1982 business classic The One Minute Manager (coauthored with psychiatrist Kenneth Blanchard) and then, unforgettably, with Who Moved My Cheese?, a word-of-mouth sensation that eventually remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years and has been translated into 11 languages.

Word had slowly built up about Cheese, based on the strength of recommendations from heavy-hitter executives at Procter & Gamble, GE, Hewlett-Packard and others. Businesses, hit by the downshifting economy, began ordering copies by the thousands; by 2000, it was a national bestseller. The book sets up a story about four characters who live in a maze: Hem and Haw, who are little people; and Sniff and Scurry, who are mice.

Johnson, who based the story on the fact that mice rarely go back to the same place to look for cheese and felt that humans might benefit from the example, created the story for himself as a way of helping himself get through a divorce. Urged by former writing partner Blanchard to set the story down in book form, Johnson finally did – and nothing happened, at first. But over two years, the book picked up momentum, not only among companies who were trying to deal with everything from sales downturns to massive layoffs, but among individuals who found the book helped them gain a new perspective on personal situations as well.

Johnson’s forte is to create allegorical stories that present simple, digestible solutions (or paths to solutions) for seemingly huge challenges. The approach is far from immune to criticism from those who complain that Who Moved My Cheese? is simplistic and silly; Johnson doesn’t argue with either barb (though he might prefer "simple" over "simplistic"). His message is that being simpler and sillier makes us better adapters and decision-makers, and all of his books boil down to opening oneself to possibility and better communication. The ideas aren’t revolutionary: As Johnson said in an ABC News chat, “The challenge always for me and for others is to live the story and not just read about it.”

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    is this a short read?? 96 pages??

    is this a short read?? 96 pages??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Great story This is a great book for anyone who is currently un

    Great story

    This is a great book for anyone who is currently under stress or is constantly stressed out. Really helped me to deal with the stress and changfes in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Interesting Book!

    It was great story. It helps you learn about change in your life.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    The cheese is where you find it

    Who Moved My Cheese uses a simple metaphor of mice in a maze to get you thinking about where change is affecting your life and whether or not you are taking a proactive approach in dealing with it. <BR/><BR/>An outstanding parable I recommend for leadership and personal productivity is Squawk! - How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2007

    Accept, don't question

    As an 11th grader currently in AP English 'yes, we were assigned this book'... I was extremely disappointed. This book is designated for 'teens,' but it seemed as if the author wrote it for 3rd graders. I understand that the story is supposed to be somewhat elementary and simple.. but the chapters that 'connected' the story to a 'teenager's life' were completely ridiculous and condescending. It was like watching a movie with cheesy acting and bad writing. Furthermore, the general message of the story is completely off. When the cheese was moved, the people were just supposed to follow it. What about creating their own cheese? 'i.e. becoming a LEADER rather than a follower?' Think about that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

    nichole_bby

    the book seemed predictable throughout, but overall it was okay, not the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    DUH!!!

    This book simply states, over and over again, i might add, that Change is good. Period. Accepting change will do nothing but make your life better! No matter what the change is, it will improve your life. It could be a change in class schedule, your family is forced to move because your dad got fired from his job,(which you should have seen coming, anyway. Accept it!). This book is not relavent to a teenagers life at all.(and since I am one, i can say from expierence.) Upon saying that, the actual message is universal, and i belive that Joe Diffie said it in a song: Everything changes, Everything changes. However, I do not think that this book will teach you HOW to accept change and use it to your advantage, but it does TELL you to do that. ALways question, never just accept. That is what threw me off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    Life Changing!

    this book puts everthing into perspective for people denying change. I wish that I would have read this book sooner. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2004

    An Excellent Motivator

    Are you in need of motivation, or another way to look at your problems? Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens by Spencer Johnson is just right for you. The book uses simple characters and a simple plot to display alternative methods for self motivation. Johnson offers views on several behavioral styles and shows how they feed off of each other. The book is not only interesting but is also inspirational. It allows the reader to relate themselves to the characters in the book. After realizing the roles of the characters in the story it helps to better analyze life and the effects others may have on your success. Upon reading the book I not only became hungry for cheese but also for knowledge and understanding. Aside from being interesting, the book is very easy to read. It kept me wanting to know more about the characters and how life motivated them in different directions. The book seems like it would not only be helpful to teens but to anyone who reads it. Who Moved My Cheese? is also amusing being that the characters are not able to see their faults which are clearly visible to the reader. The examples and analogies are very easy to understand make since. It can be said that the book is very successful in getting its points across. Statements made such as ¿movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese¿ can be taken anyway necessary. The reader can use the quotes like this one and apply them to whatever aspect of life necessary at the time. The book is effective because it gives the reader the option to interpret in whatever way necessary and still end up with a positive outlook on life. The point most liked from this book is the fact that it does leave room for interpretation and does not necessarily tell the reader how to live their life, but still offers effective motivation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    one cool book

    this is one awesome book. its very insirational

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    Review by Milda

    well, first of all, most of the critics and reviewers are considering this book to be writen for the teenagers, but I quess, that it's dedicated not only for them. As I understand, people realise that they should change smth in their lives when they have already reached smth. so to my mind this book is the perfect one for the big companies, bussinessmen and parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    My Review

    it was ok it inspires teens but how can we relate our lives to cheese they should write a book about real people and real experiences

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    Not great ,but decent

    The book has its moments..not many but it does have some. I do recommend it but only if you read it with a grain of salt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    An inspired student who looks up to this mentor

    This book is a good reference to how we must all face change in our lives. I would like to thank spencer for his guidance in this masterpiece he has rewritten for people my age group. THANK YOU!!

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    Posted December 21, 2008

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