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How to Lose All Your Friends (Picture Puffins) Paperback – April 1, 1997
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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.
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.
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.
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.
since book is written in such a simple way, a child does not
need any help to "get it" it is just self explanatory.
I would not introduce this book personally to a child younger
then probably 5. There is some reasoning required to get it
in the right way. I would think that a child under 5 could
get it in opposite way or might acquire some bad behaviors.
Child 5 6 and 7 could benefit from it immensely.