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Every Body's Talking: What We Say Without Words (Nonfiction - Grades 4-8) Library Binding – January 1, 2014

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  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 64 pages
  • Publisher: 21st Century (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467708585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467708586
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up—Fascinating information about body language is clearly presented in six detailed yet easily understood chapters. Learning how to "read" others through keen observation can help with understanding emotions, nonverbal messages, and truthfulness. Interspersed throughout the large-type text, with plenty of white space, are photographed examples of various forms of body language (hair twirling, wide-open eyes, lip biting, and mouth covering) and what they usually signify. Each chapter is broken down into a variety of relevant topics ("Bodies in Motions" includes subsections such as "Voice Messages" and "Fancy Footwork") with colorful headings and sidebars, making the book accessible and engrossing. In addition to helping readers comprehend others without verbalization, the text provides useful advice on how to appear more confident (stand tall in a "power pose" like a superhero) and how to show agreement by mirroring body language. A brief, cautionary section explains how acceptable gestures in this country (nodding, thumbs up, etc.) may mean something entirely different, or even rude, in another culture. The back matter includes web videos on this subject. This intriguing title will enlighten readers about how much we say without saying a word.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

From Booklist

Jackson and Goman invite readers to become more observant of the myriad ways that people “talk” with nonverbal cues. Building on the natural preoccupation with communication that is a hallmark of adolescence, several handy tips are described for decoding the signals that people send via facial expression and body positioning. But the text goes far beyond simply describing body language. An entire chapter on global mores explains how and why gestures are interpreted in different ways by different cultures, and readers are encouraged to carefully consider context when evaluating nonverbal communication. Also, the science of human communication is explored, beginning with the biophysical reactions that occur in the brain and manifest as emotions and innate facial expression. The layout is lighthearted and the photographs are spry, while the source information is drawn from both current events and scientific experts. Most important, the authors discuss how readers can use their understanding of nonverbal communication to present themselves to the world as confident and capable, a skill that many young readers will find valuable. Grades 5-8. --Erin Anderson

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Get Real! That's what I love to do most--write about real people, places, and things. During my travels, I've met some fascinating people, from bug scientists to bone detectives. I've also had the privilege of meeting some of the heroes, and hero dogs, of September 11th.

These past several years have been amazing--especially for THE ELEPHANT SCIENTIST, which follows the remarkable work of Caitlin O'Connell, a researcher who studies African elephants at Etosha National Park in Namibia. The book has received a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, and designation as an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students by the National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council.

In 2014, EVERY BODY'S TALKING focuses on human behavior and how we communicate messages without saying a word. From head to toe, our bodies say volumes about what we're thinking and feeling--whether we want them to or not. And it's not just others who are affected by our moves. We're also influenced by our actions, including the way we walk, sit and stand. So put on a smile and get ready to learn more about this not-so-hidden language!

For more, visit: www.donnamjackson.net

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on July 12, 2014
Format: Library Binding
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Did you know that without uttering a single word someone standing in front of you will be able to read you like an open book? It’s true! Give it a try, because we all communicate with our bodies in a language that is virtually universal. Or so it appears. Giving the thumbs up in the US and Canada means that you approve, but in Greece it stands for something that is rude. And be careful when you nod your head in Albania and Bulgaria, as it actually means no. Our bodies are talking...whether we know it or not.

Body language is a complex, and sometimes, difficult topic to talk about given that we don’t often look at ourselves when we’re communicating. And for people that are on the Autism spectrum, like me, it’s even more difficult to interpret what the body signals mean if the voice says something different. And that’s where this book comes in. Even though it is a relatively short book, it has lots of good images and is engaging to readers, whether young or older. It walks the reader through what they’re saying, how they’re saying it, and when they’re saying it based upon how they’re holding themselves. Even better, it talks about the different cultures and backgrounds, so that it can help readers better understand what to be aware of in different cultures.

Body language tends to be something that we all take for granted and assume that everyone knows what different signals mean. Yet this book shows that different cultures and upbringings impact how we read and understand signals. Although this book is aimed at a younger audience, it is well worth the read for all ages. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.
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