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Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul: 101 Stories of Courage, Hope and Laughter (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – Print, July 1, 1998

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Gr. 4^-7. The authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul (1993) offer a compilation of heartwarming stories directed at children. Among the mix are stories by well-known names such as Shaquille O'Neal and Chuck Norris; however, most of the stories were sent in to the editors by children from all over the country. The offerings range from funny to inspiring to dull to, well, schmaltzy. Although it is doubtful that kids will ask for the book themselves (especially with a title like this), parents, librarians, and teachers will find much here to use as a jumping-off point for discussions on all sorts of questions and problems children face. Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, are joined here by Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap.

Patty Hansen is the coauthor of Condensed Chicken Soup for the Soul. She serves as chief financial officer and troubleshooter at Mark Victor Hansen and Associates.

Irene Dunlap is a writer and jazz singer. She lives in Newport Beach, California, with her husband and their two children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558746099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558746091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jack Canfield, America's Success Coach, is the cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes 40 New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor with Gay Hendricks of You've GOT to Read This Book! An internationally renowned corporate trainer, keynote speaker, and popular radio and TV talk show guest, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Jones on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have not read this book, but my nine year old daughter has read and enjoyed most of it. Last night though, she cried herself to sleep after reading graphic stories (near the end of the book) by an incest victim whose father was sent to jail and the daughter of an injection drug user who woke up one night with police pointing guns at her. I'm sure the inclusion of these stories was well-intentioned, but there's no way they are "chicken soup" for the average kid's soul.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Kristen M. Nicholls on February 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a gift for an 8 year old child. I decided to read one of the stories in the book at random just to see what it was like. Upon doing so, I encountered a child molestation account and felt the need to continue to read before giving the book to the child. The more stories I read, the more disturbed I was at the thought that this book is recommended for children of age 8-12. The stories ranged from "my friend died from accidentally strangling himself as he held a rope out a car window" to "my friend and I almost died from a boat running over us" to "my father molested me(not to mention the graphic detail of the story)." None of these stories are ones that I would enjoy reading as an adult and surely would never want to expose a child to such stories. I think the book should be taken off of the shelves and will be trying to return my copy for a refund.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
The series of Chicken Soup books has held my attention since their first publication. Perhaps this is one of the most important books in the series. The stories will also help everyone realize that life is a journey. The words will inspire you to dream, to be more positive, and to realize you are not alone.

When you purchase this book, think of it as a life enriching tool. The topics of love, friendship, family, attitude, perspective, death, dreams, obstacles, choices, tough stuff and eclectic wisdom are discussed in stories, poems and passages.

The stories are short enough so you could read one a day. There are also funny cartoons, poems and plenty of "kid" wisdom. I give this book my highest recommendation. I think even adults should read some of the stories in this book. The poem a child wrote about her father is something every parent should read.

I was also impressed with the health advice and section on making the right choices. The positive lessons you can learn from this book will last a lifetime. My favorite poem was on page 293, it truly holds the wisdom of a child. We have so much to learn from children, if we will take the time to listen.

~The Rebecca Review
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Reeves on February 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought this would be a fun encouraging book for my son. He started telling me some of the stories. A boy gets strangled to death while driving in a car, another dies while playing on a moving train, parents doing drugs, another with the father molesting his little girl for six years. Unbelievable. My son said instead of the tag line courage, hope and laughter is should be fear, despair and sadness.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M.D. on July 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
DID ANYONE WHO LEFT 5 STARS ACTUALLY READ THIS BOOK? THIS WAS SO NOT FOR CHILDREN. PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN READ THESE DISTURBING STORIES.
READ THE OTHER PEOPLES REVIEWS WHO ONLY LEFT 1 STAR. MY 12 YEAR OLD THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE. HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF INCEST UNTIL HE READ THIS BOOK. IT WASN'T EVEN UPLIFTING BECAUSE MY SON SAID THE FATHER DID IT TO HER FOR YEARS BEFORE SHE TOLD ANYONE. I FEEL LIKE SUING THE PUBLISHER.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Book Report- Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

Have you ever read a book that includes a 100% guaranteed medicine for the soul? Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul is your answer. What? Yes, Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul is a wonderful book written by the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen and Irene Dunlap, which could be read by all ages, from 1-100 years, especially for kids. It's a book full of stories that make you feel as good as eating a hot and recent cooked chicken soup.
Each story starts with a different quote that really makes you think in the real value of love, faith and hope. It has 101 different stories and sketches based on miracles, obstacles, courage and hope that make you feel very good in those difficult situations of your life. Sometimes when you feel life isn't easy: your parents are getting divorced, your life is all wrong, it is too complicated to live, you have many obstacles to continue and that only a miracle has to happen so you can live, Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul is the best answer ever. Is a book that not just only makes you feel very good; it also makes you understand that problems are part of life and that you have to persevere in all of those situations. As you read the different and awesome stories you will find that some situations presented in the book are like some situations you have been on. Some of these stories will make you be sad or be happy, others might make you cry and think or even they will make you laugh!
This book is a medicine for the soul. As I keep reading the book, I found that I identified myself with some of these situations. It will make you feel different emotions as you continue reading the truly stories that Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul offers to you.
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