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"Always Wear Clean Underwear!" Paperback – September 5, 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6. Gellman's warm, witty, and instructive primer for children about the whys and wherefores of parenting will help them understand their parents' motivations for discipline. The author describes his own childhood frustration and curiosity with his mother's endless injunctions to eat his vegetables (especially the dreaded green-bean casserole), to share his toys, clean his room, take out the trash, and not to hit his sister. When he became a parent, Gellman came to realize that such commands are part of a greater master catalogue that he calls "The List." In lighthearted but sincere prose, he explains that items found on this record of seemingly endless commandments have little meanings and big meanings. Each of the 30+ short chapters is devoted to one of these parental injunctions children hear while growing up to be good people. The author explains reasons for each rule and brings more than a little wisdom and often gentle humor to the process. His explanations are so lucid and insightful that this wise and refreshing book will be great for shared reading. Tilley's occasional small cartoons add another note of levity.?Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Behind a mask of frivolity--a ticklish title and Debbie Tilley's whimsical cover art--lurks a stern schoolmarm. Each item on "The List" of 32 annoying parental admonitions stands for a really Big Lesson. (Ages 8 and older) -- The New York Times Book Review, J. Patrick Lewis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At any rate, here is what I think of this book!
I bought this book many years ago at a local bookstore "going out of business sale" :0(
My daughter who is now 8 1/2 has requested I read something out of this book at bedtime at least once a week since she was THREE - seriously! She absolutely adores it because it explains why parents say what they say and do what they do.
The difference is that it says it in such an unassuming, beautiful, graceful and non-confrontational way. The author's style is almost like a choreographed dance - and in an emotionally charming and almost poignant way......while reading it to my daughter, I always think "Actually, yes - that IS why I say that!" Or "oh my gosh! I never thought of that! Of course!"
Tonight we picked three chapters to read; one of which was entitled "Say You're Sorry".
It starts out.....
"If you want to grow up to be a good person you only have two choices:
Choice #1: You can learn how to never do anything bad.
Choice #2: You can learn how to say I'm sorry.
Since choice #1 is impossible, you better think hard about choice #2.
Saying you're sorry shows great things about you. It shows that you know you did something wrong. It shows that you can admit to others that you did it. And it shows that you're trying to change so that you don't do it again. All those are great things to say about you, and that's why when you don't say I'm sorry, your parents will nag you to say it.
Saying you're sorry is not only good for you, it's also good for the person you hurt. When you hurt somebody else, you can't take back the hurt. You can erase a mistake on a piece of paper, and you can delete a mistake on a computer screen, but people are not paper or computers. When you hurt another person, that person stays hurt until you do something to take away the hurt.
The only way to take away the hurt is to go right up to the person as soon as you can and say to him or her, "I hurt you, and I'm sorry. I wish I didn't do it, but I did it. I hope you can forgive me, because if you did it to me, I would forgive you."
When you can say that, you will have learned the big lesson behind "Say you're sorry," and that lesson is: You need to fix up what you mess up.
This chapter goes on to talk about how some "I'm sorry's are cheap - and that you have to mean it and follow it up with different behavior than in the past, etc.
It also talks about how sometimes a person you hurt, to whom you apologize will be so hurt that they cannot say "that's ok"....and how to deal with it when that happens.
Each chapter is about 3 pages long.
Ever since we first started reading this wonderful book over and over again....five years ago; I have thought "I wish I knew this wonderful man!" What a wonderful, compassionate and FUN guy he must be!!!
Buy the book!~!! I have now started buying it as a book to be included in a stack of books to be given for Baby Gifts....along with of course "The Napping House" and many others.
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