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You Get What You Get (Little Boost) Library Binding – August 1, 2013

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About the Author

The youngest in a family of nine children, Julie Gassman grew up in Howard, South Dakota. After college, she traded in small-town life for the world of magazine publishing in New York City. She now lives in southern Minnesota with her husband and their three children.

Sarah Horne was born in sub-zero Derbyshire, UK, one cold November day. Since then, she has graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2001, and from Kingston University with a Masters in illustration in 2005. Currently, Sarah lives and works in Wapping, London, and spends many hours sipping tea while working at Happiness At Work Studios.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Little Boost
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479521574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479521579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great book! This is a saying we use A LOT in the younger grades at my school - "You Get What You Get and You Don't Throw a Fit!" I am REALLY excited someone finally turned this great little saying into a helpful book. It is PERFECTLY written. Best part is Melvin goes home and also teaches his family all about this new rule he learns at school from his teacher. Students are always learning to deal with disappointment throughout their school day. This saying is an easy way to help kids cope and move on from whatever small they think is an injustice. In life we are not always going to get our way and get what we want - lets remind kids to be happy and grateful for what they do get - not what they don't get.
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"Melvin did not deal well with disappointment." This is the beginning of Julie Gassman's newest book, You Get What You Get. It tackles the problem of handling disappointment in a clever and straightforward way. Melvin throws a fit whenever he doesn't get what he wants. Apparently this is tolerated at home and he always gets his way, but at school the rule is "You get what you get if you don't throw a fit." Melvin learns to control his behavior at school pretty quickly and when he spills the beans at home, his parents take on a new philosophy as well. The book makes a great lesson and relevant point about self control that any child can understand. With bright illustrations and a to-the-point message, Gassman has created a winning book with a great message.
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I purchased this book for my daughter in an attempt to help with some of her big tantrums when she is told "no" or if she gets something she doesn't want. We also have I Just Don't Like The Sound of No by Julia Cook and Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban and those have been a HUGE help in our home.

My daughter is 3 and is prone to epic meltdowns. While her behavior is pretty age appropriate, it's not okay in our home. We are so ready for her to be out of this phase and have been working with her to help her deal with her feelings better. There's no overnight solution but this book is definitely helping us get there little-by-little.

Melvin is a little squirrel who has fits when he doesn't get what he wants, or when things don't go his way. At school he learns the rule, 'You get what you get, and you don't throw a fit'. At school he learns that throwing a fit is not okay, but since his family doesn't know this rule, he continues to have fits at home. Until one day he tells his sister, who is whining, the rule. Then his family agrees that the rule should also be applied at home. Melvin realizes that even though he might want to throw a fit, he should not.

This book is great since it it's not preachy to kids and takes that pressure away from them. I know my daughter has heard us telling her 84357025903 times that it's not okay for her to flip out and scream and flail around, etc. Instead, we see Melvin doing it and we see how silly he looks. We also see things from the family's point of view and we empathize with them having to deal with Melvin's come-aparts.

The only problem is that it does not suggest what kids can do instead of throwing a fit. Obviously they have legit feelings and need to get them out somehow. That's what a fit is, after all.
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Since this is a refrain in most classrooms when there are different color choices, I thought it would be a great addition to my personal library. In fact, I'm going to ask our school librarian to consider it. I read it and thought the text wasn't too difficult for my SpEd PPCD students to understand. It will be a book we read every couple of months - whenever this problem reoccurs in my classroom.
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Well...get this book for a read aloud for kids from 1 to whatever and you get more than you think! Yes a wonderful, if not too subtle message...so what? Why does a good thought need be subtle? Lively story, completely believable characters, charminglly illustrated, and a diabolically lovely twist that should leave the listenerer both smiling and thinking. Plus a captivating and rhyming refrain inviting kids to join in the story! A five star winner for sure!
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I was hoping this book would provide more of a learning basis for the whole idea of being grateful and happy with what you have, but instead it just sort of repeats the mantra "you get what you get." This is a good concept but lacking ideas on getting little ones to be thankful and grateful.
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Great book for teaching character Ed on fairness. My students favorite saying is now you get what you get and you don't throw a fit. They have solved so many problems on their own by quoting this to each other.
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As a child psychologist, I use this fun children's book frequently with children who tantrum. It presents the subject of tantrums in a way that doesn't trigger shame and defensiveness, allowing the clear message to be heard!
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