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How to Lose All Your Friends (Picture Puffins) Paperback – April 1, 1997

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PreSchool-Grade 1-This reverse etiquette book advises readers to never smile or share; to be a bully and whine; to tattle and be a poor sport. Each "rule" offers specific examples and is illustrated with brightly colored pictures. While children are always interested in stories showing the complications and potential pitfalls of social interactions, this plotless treatment is not likely to hold much appeal for them. Also, it's unfortunate that "tattling" is presented as undesirable. Granted, the examples given are minor ones involving friends who are misbehaving in not terribly destructive ways, but youngsters do need to know that there are situations in which "telling" is perfectly acceptable. Carlson's cartoon-style art is a little more crudely done here than in her previous books, and her figures are more angular, as they "Push in front of the lunch line" or "Cheat at cards."-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Ages 4-7. Carlson's set of "simple instructions" is a send-up of adult self-help books and collections of genteel counsel aimed at children. The artwork and the advice she gathers refer to common home and school behaviors children know about and are told to avoid: "If you are eating cookies, hide them when your friends come over." Pushing in the lunch line, whining, tattling, and sibling teasing are illustrated with zippy pictures that strongly contrast having fun and being mean. Mary Harris Veeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140558624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140558623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I use this book as a read-aloud with my first grade students. The illustrations are great, and the book is right at their level. It is a fun way to show good and poor social behavior, and my students ask me to read it again and again. It helps them internalize what it takes to make friends.
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As a school counselor and then as a therapist, I use this book with all ages, 3-18 to teach the basics of friendship skills. It's simple, basic, practical and the most used friendship book I've owned.

One fun key, is to skip the last page on the first reading.
Then have the kids change the story by changing the words, (i.e. how to make friends.)
Then skip the 2nd to last page and go to the last page, which then changes the the end of the new story pictorially. Even though, they may know what you did (the older kids anyway,) they love the trick.
I tell them they are magic and they changed the story.
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I have a little girl who is nearly four and learning to read. She also has trouble, sometimes, with sharing, as do most little girls her age. This book provides her with great lessons about sharing, being a friend, and why other kids don't like it when you're not nice to them. It's a super lesson for a preschooler.

The author's approach amazed my daughter. She writes the book as a sarcastic "guide book," on how to lose all your friends (thus the title), but the sarcasm did not escape my little one. The clear illustrations helped a lot, so that the meaning is easy to grasp.
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This book uses humor to communicate common things that kids do to hurt other children. It is a good book for children who frequently get into scraps with other kids. One of my nephews is the second boy in his family. As the second boy, he seems to have a lot to prove, which has led to a lot of arguments with his other little friends. This book helped him see his actions for himself in a way that did not threaten his self-esteem.
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If you're child has a high-functioning autism or Asperger's I highly recommend this book to help him understand what NOT to do with his peers. It's funny and very tongue-in-cheek.
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This book is a great book to teach children about politeness and friendship. I use this book during the first week of school to build community within the classroom.
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The book is totally awesome. Not for everybody but awesome.

I personally would NOT buy this book for a child who is behaving well
and does not need to get "ideas" how to be bad. A good kid who wants
to know how to make friends and keep them if he she is a bit alienated
does not need this book either. They need more guidance how to make friends.

This book is exactly what the book implies.
It is perfect for a child who has a behavioral issues that cost him
or her friends and if he she keeps repeating the behavior that is
destructive to her his friendships and makes her him upset and suffering
from lack of friends.

It shows brilliantly and in very simple way what behavior are NOT going
to make him friend but too cause loosing them.

VERY simple and VERY straight forward and VERY visually to the point.
You got a picture per page and one sentence underneath. All is needed
to make a child and adult to laugh and reflect.
It is really all your child need to realize how ugly the bheaviour
looks on the picture on another kid.

The book is absolutely brilliant.
I got one for my child who was victim of a friend who would always
take toys from him, always whine to get his way with my child,
always bully him if the winning would not work, never shared and
stuff like that. My child laughed hard and saw that other friends
in that paper child and had easier time to deal with actual child.

It would be also perfect if your child was that problem child
and to help him her visualize what is not funny and how ugly it
looks from the outside.
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Reviewing Social Skills in a Fun, attention-retaining manner!

This book was perfect for my 8 year old Aspie. How many social skills books have he and I read together talking about social rules about how to make friends? We review them over and over, looking at pictures and reviewing all the steps of what to do. Every time I get one out to review with him, I get the same response -- "boring!".

"How to Lose All Your Friends" was perfect for him! He has a great sense of humour and thought the whole concept was extremely funny. Demonstrating what to do by talking about the negative, what not to do, with nice illustrations, is extremely funny and attention-getting. It also reads more like a story book than a text book. As soon as I got it, my Aspie picked it up and read it. He liked it so much, he even did his monthly book review on it. Most 7-8 year olds could read this on their own. Awesome for those who could use a little brushing up on their social skills.
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