Cindy A.

Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Patricia Polacco

If you haven't been introduced to Patricia Polacco this is an excellent beginning.  Her picture books are a bit longer so they are found in the juvenile section.  They are wonderful for the older child who wants a bit more depth but still enjoys wonderful illustrations.  As a mom, it is bittersweet to have children reading chapter books on their own.  Patricia Polacco's books are a great transition for me, as well as my boys. 
 
In Thank you, Mr. Falker, Tricia, who grew up loving books  is excited to begin school and learn to read for herself.  As the story continues school becomes harder and harder, reading becomes a form of torture.   Not only that, but because of her inability to read her self esteem suffers and she is teased by classmates.   Not until she is in 5th grade does Tricia encounter a teacher who recognizes Tricia has been cleverly faking her reading ability.  Over the course of a few months Tricia's reading ability blossomed  and she was able to read a precious book her grandfather had given her years before.
 
This is a beautiful story with wonderful illustrations for any family story time.

Cindy A., Circulation

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Love and Logic Magic When Kids Leave You Speechless

Thursday, July 29, 2010
Jim Fay and Charles Fay, Ph.D

When my boys were tiny I stumbled upon a Love and Logic course. It saved my sanity and let my sons and I diminish the power struggles. We are now heading towards August and I feel my blood pressure rising with the heat and humidity-definately time for a refresher course. I picked up Love and Logic Magic When Kids Leave You Speechless with the intent to read through it and magically be a better parent. Well, I've read through it and now I intend to read a chapter or two a day the rest of the summer so I can put what I've read into consistent action.


The entire book is devoted to providing advice on neutralizing arguing and power struggles. There are countless examples of real-life arguments from "it's not fair!" to "make him stop!". The authors provide a real life example amd thoughts and questions to help the reader evaluate what is happening and being learned form the exchange. Wonderful wise words are scattered throughout-" To avoid a fight with your kids, tell them what you will provide, not what they have to do." The authors also provide models of saner, shorter exchanges utilizing their techniqus so the parent isn't sucked into the argument.


Cindy A., Circulation

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