In a series of 25 short episodes taking place in their daily life, Elliott and Lucy make consciously eco-friendly decisions. Corlett imagines that these two young people have been so turned on by a pair of "green crusaders" who visited their school that they have a series of aha! moments. Each chapter opens with a humorous illustration and ends with a question to readers about what action the children took, further questions connecting the issue with readers' own lives, some fast facts and an inspirational quotation or two. Choices range from bringing bags to the supermarket and eating locally to carpooling, giving gifts of time instead of things, washing hands and most clothes with cold water and even the purchase of a new car. The children's middle-class lives are recognizably complex and full, and the author acknowledges that families have different preferences and priorities. His message that children can model for adults is clear, but his approach is fresh and his examples reasonably realistic. For elementary readers who care, this may be welcome reinforcement. (Inspirational short stories. 8-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 22, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4391-9455-3

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Dec. 30, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2011

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In a book subtitled ``Advice for Kids on Making the Most of a Special Relationship,'' Dr. Ruth dispenses more of her uniquely practical advice, this time on ``how to make the love between you and your grandparents not only live but flourish.'' As part of the discussion, Dr. Ruth not only explains how the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren have changed for the better during modern times, but also what constitutes a grandparent. She then proceeds to show how the relationship is much stronger when it's a ``two-way street.'' Dr. Ruth's step-by-step advice on how to maintain a close relationship with grandparents who are far away, how to ``adopt'' a grandparent, how to talk to grandparents even if parents get divorced, even how to teach their elders how to use the VCR or a computer will help readers build bridges of communication. Pearson's delightful black-and-white illustrations will appeal to readers and make the book—packed with wisdom—accessible. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1997

ISBN: 0-374-31873-5

Page Count: 104

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1997

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A bighearted parenting manual written by a caregiver with decades of experience.


Parenting strategies for the modern family with real-world examples.

Using her many decades of experience teaching preschoolers, Walther (Eye to Eye: Volume 2, 2011) has written a cogent book for parenting children ages 3-5. As a companion to three other volumes addressing a wide range of behavior strategies and learning tools, this book works well. Walther tackles some of the most challenging and nebulous zones of child development—cooperation, learning, major family changes, risk-taking and skills for success. Throughout, the author displays a tremendous love and respect for the children and families she’s worked with over the years, and her students’ success stories serve as validation of her methods. As with other modern books on parenting, Walther’s main strategy involves treating children as small, reasonable versions of adults by providing them with choices and helping them engage with the world. One familiar strategy for avoiding confrontation is to give children controlled choices; for example, ask the child “[w]ould you rather wear this blue shirt today or the red one?” instead of giving him or her the directive to get dressed. Other familiar methods include giving a child easy-to-follow instructions for proper behavior and providing clear consequences if they don’t follow them. Cooperation proves a challenge for most, and Walther’s tactic of asking silly questions about where socks and shoes go by trying them on her hands, for example, may have limited success. This challenge notwithstanding, Walther’s latest addition to her parenting series showcases all the strengths of the previous volumes: clear instruction coupled with stories about actual children and parents. Not many parenting books can boast the longevity of this one; children discussed in the text as toddlers show up in later chapters as adults with children of their own practicing the same strategies with which they were parented!

A bighearted parenting manual written by a caregiver with decades of experience.

Pub Date: Nov. 11, 2014

ISBN: 978-1502471277

Page Count: 152

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Jan. 20, 2015

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