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Liking Myself Paperback – June, 1977

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Liking Myself is an encouraging book for young people ages 5 to 11, offering advice on how to handle oneself when feeling depressed, upset, or overwhelmed. Blank spaces amid the hand-lettered pages and black-and-white, sketch-style illustrations encourage young people to write or draw their reaction to particular scenarios. The result is a valuable resource for building self-esteem and emotional stability. -- Midwest Book Review, June 2009

This book teaches valuable life lessons to all ages. They are a must for any family, no matter how old your kids are. Liking Myself teaches us THAT IT IS INDEED OKAY TO LIKE OURSELFES. I know a few adults that need to read this little treasure. It is all about self worth and self-approval, something you do not find too often in children's books. --Ramblings of a Texas Housewife September 28, 2009

There are no adequate words to tell you how fantastic and helpful this book is! --Lori B., reading partner to second graders, New York City Public Schools

I like Chapter 2 `Feeling' the best. Because I have read this book I have learned a very important thing. To express your feelings, you must not blame others. I have become able to express my thinking better than before, and I like myself better now. I used to lie, but now I don't." --Akiko, Japan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"I have used these books for all of my 23 years of elementary counseling classroom lessons, and my copies are tattered beyond repair. They are among the best resources to teach assertiveness and personal skills--students retain the information and refer to them years later. I am absolutely thrilled that Liking Myself and The Mouse, the Monster and Me, are updated and back in print! " --Marilyn Agee, M.Ed., LMHC, Finalist for the 2009 National Counselor of the Year Award of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) <BR>

The Uplift Press Publisher, Dr. Louise Hart, is also author of The Winning Family, and On the Wings of Self-Esteem. 
 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Impact Pub (June 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915166410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915166411
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.8 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,468,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Terrence M. Cummings on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
As growth becomes individually apparent, the learner finds that the idea of a complex life can be simple from almost infancy.

Pat Palmer, in an originally crafted mid-seventies, 80-page, funbook, full of ideas, exercises, warm thoughts, and love, makes ostensible the solution to man's many problems. To like [love] oneself is an elixir.

Divided into six parts, Palmer begins with "Liking Myself." The reader, whether young or old, discovers the priceless value of being himself and enjoying himself by himself - liking myself. In parts two and three, "Feelings" and "Feelings Talk," the author expresses a more specific reality than Rennaissance man Rene Descarte's, "I think; therefore, I am." Rather, LIKING MYSELF illumines, "I feel; therefore, I am!" Feeling allows the reader through inner language to explore the beautiful realism of what exists.

"Allowing," part four, manifests the ideas of individuality, uniqueness, indecision, confusion, pretense, and human error, all in childlike manner, but with the sameness as these apply to every life and to every being.

"Body Talk," in part five, captures the body as a divine vessel that speaks to us -- and we should listen.

Finally, observer consciousness concludes the book with the last chapter entitled, "Letting Go." This idea of detachment from problems, dramas, uncontrollable situations, negative emotions and thoughts, places the reader in his most important posture -- self, and liking that self.

In sum, the crucible -- this trial we often refer to as life, is actually quite radiant when we begin to like [love] ourselves. Palmer epitomizes life's essence in a children's book -- a must for adults.

Terrence Maurice Cummings
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I am a counselor who works with children. Liking Myself is the book I find myself using most often with elementary school children. Liking Myself helps children find out the good things about themselves, learn how to deal with feelings, and learn how to have better relationships with others. There are little practice activities in the book that help kids apply what they are reading.

This is an excellent book that I think all children can benefit from, but especially kids with low self-esteem. I think this book will be a staple in my work with children for years to come.
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this book made me feel a million times better about myself after i read it. i recommend it to everyone and especially young children who have low self-esteems. it helps you get rid of so much negativity and appreciate the little things in life!
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By A Customer on October 16, 2002
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This is a great little book to read with kids. I'm a child psychologist and have found this book very helpful when I have worked with 5-9 year-olds. I am looking forward to reading it with my own daughter, who just turned 4.
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Over thirty years ago, Pat Palmer and Louise Hart met at their first graduate school class in Greeley, Colorado. Pat was the founder and director of the Assertiveness Training Institute of Denver, and when she spoke she surprised some of the men and the "nice girls" in the class, including Louise, to whom she offered a scholarship to her assertiveness class. Pat's dissertation on teaching assertiveness from an early age was published as two children's books: Liking Myself and The Mouse, the Monster and Me. They became international bestsellers in six languages, selling over a half a million copies around the globe, but they went out of print in 2000.

Now, ten years later, these two longtime favorites, which teach social-emotional skills, are being revised and released with help from Pat's longtime friend Louise Hart, Ed.D. Liking Myself, written for children between the ages of five and ten and charmingly illustrated by Betty L. Shondeck, discusses the importance of liking yourself, having feelings, talking about your feelings, allowing yourself to be different, understanding body talk, and letting go. It offers advice on how to handle yourself when you feel depressed, upset, or overwhelmed. There are several ideas, including games, to improve assertiveness and build emotional literacy. The official republication date is January 2010.
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I have been using Liking Myself as a referal for parents for 20 years. It is one of the best self-help/parenting books that is designed for children I have seen in all my years as a parent and practitioner of conflict resolution.

Liking Myself is the beginning of dignity and I am so pleased that this book is being republished to help more and more parents and teachers support more and more childrens finding, and knowing how to restore their dignity.

Michelle Brenner Conflict Resolution Consultant, for families, community, government and workplace. 2009
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