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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: American Girl
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl; Original edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593697724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593697723
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for my 5th grade granddaughter.
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She is eight and it really is proving to be a good to in helping her navigate social situations.
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My 9 year old daughter & I enjoy reading the American Girl guideline books together.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful By DisneyDenizen on March 15, 2012
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I came across this book by accident when I was looking for just one more for the 4-for-3 promotion and about fell off my chair.

My sixteen-year-old daughter has Aspergers. She LOVES these American Girl books, reads them over and over, and has learned a great deal from them about appropriate social interaction.

I thoroughly reviewed the "search inside this book" link and am convinced that this book is PERFECT for girls with Aspergers. It appears to cover much of the same ground that her speech therapist drilled her in endlessly, but in a far more engaging manner. They had me at "25 things to say after 'Hi'". It is so difficult at times for an Aspie to carry on or continue a conversation. If my daughter memorizes half these things (and she has a prodigious Aspie memory), she will be able to do much better holding up her end of a conversation.

I immediately recommended this book to my daughter's therapist for her other patients.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By W. Brown on October 13, 2011
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My 9 year old daughter & I enjoy reading the American Girl guideline books together. Not only does my daughter enjoy this particular book, the book makes her think and ask questions. Knowing What to Say is an interactive book that covers many realistic social situations and offers solutions. The book is age appropriate, and my daughter can relate to the examples it presents.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey R. Whitney VINE VOICE on July 6, 2011
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This book is fun, colorful, informative, and easy to read. It will easily hold the attention of preteen girl and give her some great advice on interacting with others. With so many young people missing out on the art of conversation, this is a great tool for parents to give their girls in order to push them in the right direction. It has a lot of different categories, such as "what to say to a mean friend", "what to say when you've hurt someone", "what to say to someone who is grieving", "what to say to someone you just met", etc. It talks about the importance of body language, and even gives tips on keeping conversation going instead of giving one word answers. Great tool!

Check out more of my review on my Growing Kids Ministry Blog
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Debbie S. Glade on January 9, 2012
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Before I stared reading A Smart Girl's Guide to Knowing What to Say: Finding the Words to Fit Any Situation ($9.95, American Girl, ages 10 and up) by Patti Kelley Criswell, I couldn't imagine how this book could actually be specific enough to help a slew of different young readers. Wow, was I surprised! In fact, where was this book while I was going through those awkward adolescent years?

This guide is divided into topics, such as, "Asking for what you want," "Sad times," "That hurts," I'm embarrassed," and others. Within each topic are descriptions of specific situations. For example, on the page entitled, "If a friend lets you down," there are seven specific possibilities. If your classmates are chatting about a slumber party you're not invited to, or if your friend takes something you said the wrong way, you'll know exactly what to say to them. The book has some colorful cartoon-like illustrations, by Angela Martini, and lots of speech bubbles, making it easy to read.

Obviously no single book can cover every awkward situation that may arise, but this one is sure to give an adolescent girl a good foundation for gracefully handling potentially challenging circumstances. Simply said, it is not only helpful, but it's also quite entertaining. And let's face it, even as adults we don't always find the right words.

There's a whole bunch of other Smart Girl's Guides by American Girl, and I bet there are a whole bunch of middle grade readers out there who'd love to read them all.

NOTE: This book was a winner of the 2011 National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Honors Award
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Dill on January 17, 2013
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Purchased this book for my tween daughter who seems to have difficulty in school with some of her classmates. She read the book and it has helped her learn how to handle situations with "tween drama".

It's an easy read with great tips on how to handle yourself when in a sticky situation. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tamara on January 16, 2013
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I recommend this book to girls who've been bullied and need help. It's a great book for children ion 5th grade and up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Eve Walus on September 13, 2011
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Awesome for those who are out of ideas when it comes to polite retorts. Aimed at pre-teens but adults can also find nuggets there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth on January 4, 2013
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This was a very helpful book for my granddaughter when she found she didn't know what to say when a girl in her 1st grade class kept making smartalek and hurtful comments to her. My granddaughter tried ignoring her after being friendly didn't work. When ignoring her didn't work she was very upset. This book helped her some and will probably be helpful again later on if and when these type of problems arise later on in elementary school. Talking with her parents and grandparents first helped but then there were ideas in this book which we had not thought of that spoke on her level.
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