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WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? for Kids
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2005
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My children have had to deal with tremendous unexpected changes in our lives as our home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. One day we were in a home and my four year olds were just getting settled into school. The next day we were living 500 miles away from home, their home was destroyed, and they were placed in new schools. This story was perfect in explaining to them that change happens to everyone. Sometimes these changes are very unexpected. If we are willing to embrace change we can make this change an opportunity rather than a tragedy. Wonderful principles to teach to kids. My wife and I learned from it also.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2003
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At last, "Who Moved My Cheese?" has found its target audience--children.
It is a simple parable that illustrates the natural tendency to resist change. The uncertainty that generally accompanies change provides a level of discomfort that some try to escape. Rather than take the necessary steps for change, some people cling to old notions and actions that produce little or no results.
These are good concepts to learn at an early age, as long as it is undertood that reducing such a simple little concept into practice is the hard part. Knowing that we need to "search around the maze for new cheese" doesn't help much, without guidelines for determining when we are "moving around the maze" or simply "sitting at the cheese station."
Hopefully, parents can provide some insight where the book doesn't.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 28, 2004
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I am a fan of the adult version of this book, so when I saw it came out in a children's version, I had to have it. We're a military family, so change is one constant in our lives. We're about to make a move which will be the first one my 5 year old daughter is really aware of. I introduced this book to her, and even though she doesn't quite understand the real meaning of the story, I'm hoping it will be a way to remind her that change is a good thing. She'll already have the lessons tucked away in her mind, so hopefully when she's in the midst of a change, it will mean something to her. The pictures are wonderful, as is the story. My kids love it and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is dealing with change. It's an optimistic view of whatever changes come into our lives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I use this version of the story with my Autistic students--even the older ones. One of the primary difficulties that people with Autism have is dealing with changes. This gives me a vocabulary and means to talk with my students about change and helps them to see that change can be positive. When they are experiencing change and can communicate about how they feel, they are better able to deal with the changes and see how they are a part of the change. A must have for all teachers of all ages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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My husband had been given the adult version of this book a few years ago when a new young VP came into power at his company. Our 4 year old is an old soul who likes things the same, day in, day out. We bought it for him. It's wonderful. He enjoyed it and it helps open up dialog about the changes in his little world. And it's realy funny when Dad reads it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book to some of the 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom I am currently working at and I was surprised at how much some of them enjoyed it. Some of the children were begging me to read it over and over and over. The book is quite long compared to other books for children this age range so I was very surprised when it kept their attention. I don't think that the message of the book is very understandable for most children of this age, but they enjoy the pictures and predicting what will happen next in the story. One of the kids in my class even borrowed this one because he wanted to share it with his grandma.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
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My kids love this book. For my 5 year old it's just about some mice and small people. My nine year old gets it. When we read this book at bedtime I don't have to read another because they both love this book. It is a must have for anyone wanting their kids to develop "just do it" attitudes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book. It is a wonderful book to spark family conversations about the power of change. The illustrations are terrific and allow small children to follow along easily. We read this book often and talk about change and the benefits of trying new things. Extremly relevant and well done.

Mia Redrick
Author, Time for mom-Me-5 Essential Self-care Strategies for Mother's
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2006
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If you've been in middle-management, chances are you've either had this book pressed on you or seen it lying on someone else's desk but only in the "adult" form (I use the term loosely, "Who Moved My Cheese?" is on about a 7th grade reading level). As it turns out everything that was in the blockbuster WMMC is here in this version for kids, to the extent that middle-managers should have THIS version of the book vs. the adult copy-- it would've saved everyone a lot of time.

ANYWAY, the "plot" is this: in a maze there are 4 characters, 2 mice with big ears named Sniff and Scurry, and 2 mouse-sized humanoids, Hem and Haw. Each day they all set forth (the mice earlier and more industriously than the humans; the mice are instinctual whereas the humans consult maps) into the maps and seek out Magical Cheese. Everyone loves MC 'cuz it makes you feel good (no surprise there). Here's how the rest of the story goes:

Sniff and Scurry find a BIG OL' pile of cheese in a Cheese Station and are happy as... well, rats. Hem and Haw find it too and everyone has a grand ol' time. Sniff n' Scurry carefully measure the cheese to see when the supply is getting smaller whereas Hem & Haw sleep later and later and pay no attention to the dwindling supply. Eventually, surprise, surprise, the cheese runs out.

The mice knew this was coming and immediately set out to find NEW cheese whereas the humans more or less freeze up and piss n' moan that there's no more yellah' stuff 'round. Hem actually decides to STAY there in the empty Cheese Station thinking that some day (who knows when) there will be more cheese. Haw eventually goes out seeking more cheese like the mice, eventually finding a massive dump even larger than the first station. Surprise, surprise, the 2 mice are already there. Haw is, presumably, left in the empty cheese dump waiting and withering away to nothingness.

Now, what's the message for kids behind all of this? Well, actually, you have to infer that for yourself. Unlike the adult version of this book that carefully walks you through the concept that Change is Inevitable and Fortune Favors the Flexible, in the kid version there is very little to assist young minds to realize what the moral of the story is. Sure, Dr. Johnson asks questions like "what is YOUR cheese?" but what the hell does THAT mean to anyone younger than, say, 6th grade or more (who probably wouldn't be caught dead reading a picture book in the 1st place).

What I find interesting about this whole thing is that the book that STARTED out as a management book for adults wound up (no doubt as a way of raking in a few more $$$ under the thin veneer of "lets pass on this wonderful bit of whiz-dom to the younger generation) as a kid's book. In actuality, I think it would've worked best the other way around: starting this as a kids' book and turning it into one for adults; after all, hardly anything is changed other than there's more words & less pictures in the adult book.

In other words, I'm torn. I see the value in a book that espouses being open to change, but I'm offended it was written at a 7th grade reading level. I find it interesting that the original book came out some 6+ years ago, and I have yet to see any useful, sweeping change done because of this book or any others (Awaken the Giant Within; Iron John; Fish!; Zap! or any other management books on the shelves). To turn it into a children's book, especially one in which the central message of Change is Invevitable and Sometimes Necessary isn't even STATED strikes me as a sort of "quick, lets get this out there on the tail end of the adult book so we can make money".

I don't know if I recommend this book or not. Maybe it's good for your 4th grader, but I think like a lot of adults who were given this book and then expected to "work smarter, not harder", the message for kids will faaaade aaaaawwwaaay almost immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I didn't know how well the illustrations were going to be, but I was pleasantly surprised. It covers the entire story line of the adult version and is tailored perfectly for kids. My five-year-old loves it.
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