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Personal Space Camp Hardcover – March 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934073067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934073063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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PERSONAL SPACE, OUTER SPACE...WHAT S THE DIFFERENCE? IN THE CASE OF JULIA COOK S LATEST BOOK, THE DIFFERENCE IS A RIOT. LET S FACE IT, EXPLAINING THE CONCEPT OF PERSONAL SPACE TO CHILDREN ISN T EXACTLY EASY, BUT AS AN EXPERIENCED EDUCATOR AND ASTUTE AUTHOR, JULIA COOK LEADS HER LOVABLE CHARACTER LOUIS, A SELF-PROCLAIMED SPACE EXPERT, ON AN ENLIGHTENING JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY. WHILE THIS DOWN-TO-EARTH BOOK WILL SERVE AS YOUR CHILD S VERY OWN PERSONAL INVITATION TO ATTEND PERSONAL SPACE CAMP, IT IS ALSO GUARANTEED TO LEAVE YOU (AND ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS ANY REASON TO INTERACT WITH CHILDREN) LAUGHING YOUR WAY OUT OF THE BOOKSTORE. --Laura A. Jana, M.D. - Associate Director, Boys Town Institute for Child Health Improvement

About the Author

JULIA COOK IS A FORMER TEACHER AND SCHOOL COUNSELOR WITH A MASTER S DEGREE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELING. SHE STRIVES TO HELP CHILDREN EXPLORE THEIR UNTAPPED POTENTIAL BY ACTIVELY ENGAGING THEM IN CREATIVE STORIES THAT NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN, BUT INSPIRE CHILDREN TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. HER FUN, CHILD-FRIENDLY STORIES ARE INSPIRED BY YEARS OF WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND CAREFULLY LISTENING TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS. SHE LIVES IN FREEMONT, NEBRASKA WITH HER HUSBAND AND THREE CHILDREN.

More About the Author

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook, a former school counselor and teacher, never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's book author. Several years ago, Julia was searching for an effective story to teach children about the differences between tattling and telling. When she couldn't find the right resource, she decided to write her own book - Tattle Tongue. Fast forward seven years later, and she has more than 50 published books and activity guides. She now travels the country inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared" says Julia who takes top research and creativity and translates it into "kid language" that is both entertaining and engaging. Her light, humorous approach keeps kids laughing while they're learning good behavior skills. The goal behind all of Julia's books and efforts is to actively involve people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.

Julia has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by the National Parenting Center and Mom's Choice Awards. Her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo.com, drlaura.com, and babyzone.com and she has also been featured on CNN's HLN News, and several large metropolitan networks.

Julia has presented in more than 800 schools across the country and regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education, counseling and character conferences. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world.
- Julia Cook

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By James Guilford on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is great for those k-3rd grade kids who don't seem to understand that not everyone wants them in their face. Lois goes about his day crashing into people (flying through space) and is told he would have to go to Personal Space Camp. He is all excited because he imagines that he'll be flying rockets or getting to eat astronaut's ice cream. When he sees hoola hoops on the floor, he is confused... I love the gray pictures of Lois's imagination and how he views his world (or more appropriately, his out-of-this-world) experiences. At the end he finally realizes that he had misunderstood what others had been saying all along. The humor is just what this topic needs and it allows the kids to grow without being embarrassed.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on June 23, 2010
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Julia Cook's books are an absolute hit with our students. I was ecstatic when I found Personal Space Camp. I'd already been using My Mouth Is A Volcano to reinforce school skills like raising your hand and waiting your turn to talk. But what about when kids are in each others space during 'carpet time' or pushing and shoving in the cafeteria line? These behaviors can make instruction difficult and cause a lot of teacher angst. I don't know how many times I've had to say, 'Please, keep your hands to yourself.' Personal Space Camp is a life saver book. Angst will be decreased!

Okay, so in defense of the kids - developmentally it's really difficult to sometimes be in control of yourself. Kids need to move and wiggle around. However, they need extra guidance building awareness of themselves and those around them before the wiggling offends another student. When there are 20 some bodies in a classroom - we have to learn to work and live together. And newsflash - negative reinforcement doesn't build awareness - it just makes kiddos feel bad. I use Personal Space Camp as a social awareness teaching tool because it makes kids feel GOOD about themselves. They love learning about the concept of personal space and how it can affect others positively and negatively. Most importantly, the story is engaging and Louis is a VERY likeable character. We also copy Louis and use the same strategies in the book. The kids love being jammed into a hula hoop and reflection gets those light bulbs flashing about personal space. And here is the best part, author Julia Cook wrote a supplementary activity and idea book!! Activities galore! I got my hands on it this Spring and started integrating the lessons in small groups. The main reason the guide rocks is because the activities provide cool visuals for the students. Yep, your lessons on personal space just got even MORE engaging! Educators, get this one on your shelf. When teaching classroom routines, make this part of your curriculum.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hegerty on April 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I use this book as a teaching tool in social groups to talk about personal space and respecting others space. The book gives great examples of what is personal space when sitting, standing, waiting in line, etc. I love the humor used by the author to help kids understand that not everyone gets it at first about space. The main character finally gets it at the end about his relationship to others and that he wasn't attending a planetary space camp! Great story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dana Lehman on October 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Julia Cook! I have just recently discovered her books.

Louis has a problem with personal space, so he is sent to personal space camp. Louis thinks he is a space expert, outer space expert, so he is excited to go to space camp. It takes him awhile to realize that the principle is not talking about outer space. She is talking about personal space. The author gives examples that children can easily relate to about personal space.

Louis is a funny, and charmingly sweet character. I enjoyed the story as much as my children!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for young children, toddlers to early grades who need gentle guidance on respecting the personal space of others. Louis, the main character appears to have Asperger's Syndrome. His social skills are not up to speed and one of his biggest problems appears to be recognizing that invisible boundary that constitutes personal space.

Like a little satellite, Louis orbits around people; like a comet or meteor, he comes crashing down when his overtures are rejected. Louis is given an ultimatum - he will have to attend Personal Space Camp.

Instead of viewing this with trepidation, Louis is eager to attend because he figures he will be doing areo-space themed activities and enjoying space themed treats.

This is an excellent teaching tool to help kids learn where to stand when talking to somebody; how to wait on line and how to guage personal space based on the invidivual and the setting. The pictures, drawn based on Louis' image of Personal Space camp are funny and endearing. He is a lost space ship, who like John in "Captain Tommy" will need some guidance in being brought back into orbital alignment. It just goes to show you that children on the spectrum need not fear a lifetime sentence of being a satellite revolving around popular suns - everybody has a chance to be a Sun!

George Harrison's stellar 1969 classic "Here Comes the Sun" is the soundtrack for this book. This is an excellent companion book to Captain Tommy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darcia L. Mortiboy on December 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a counselor, I'm always looking for resources focused on personal space and boundaries. This is the only book I have found that truly addressed the social skill and offers students hands-on ways to deal with the problem. The hula hoop, bubbles, rope for standing in line, etc. are all great tangible ways to teach kids about boundaries. I wish there were more resources out there!
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