A powerful and helpful guide for ages 10 and up. Eight chapters take readers through different situations as they interact with others. Here’s the lineup:
- HOW TO GREET, MEET, AND PART
- HOW TO HAVE A CONVERSATION
- HOW TO GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE
- HOW TO DEAL WITH HARD THINGS
- HOW TO BE IN A ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OR NOT
- HOW TO BE SUPPORTIVE
- HOW TO BE AN ALLY
- HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
What makes this manual unique is the take that no two kids are alike. Individuals develop and use their communication skills in different ways. The same goes with the way they learn.
Many kids don’t have a trustworthy adult to talk with or may not be comfortable bringing up these topics. The easy to read book would be a perfect jumping off point for a classroom discussion. These skills are ones that will be useful throughout life.
Colorful illustrations support the text and are often humorous. Adult readers will be wishing they had the book available in their tween and teen years.
WHAT CAN I SAY? It’s terrific!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Catherine Newman is the author of the kids’ how-to books How to Be a Person and What Can I Say?, the memoirs Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy, the middle-grade novel One Mixed-Up Night, and the food and parenting blog Ben and Birdy, and she edits the non-profit kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. She is also the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Boston Globe, and many other publications. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her website at www.catherinenewmanwriter.com