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A Smart Girl's Guide to Style (Smart Girl's Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2010

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Grade 4-7 These books read like long magazine articles. The tone is light and accessible, and quizzes, images, and question-and-answer segments break up lists of tips and ideas. Both titles mix practical advice with fictionalized scenarios. Style is aimed at kids who shop for a new wardrobe each school year. It offers such advice as Don't try to get everything all at once. That's exhausting. Much of the content is filled with information women are expected to know but are rarely given. It includes definitions and examples of necklines, fabrics, and cuts of clothing, and describes appropriate attire for various events. The title also offers advice on, for example, how to respond to peers who make fun of fashion choices and how to approach parents who disapprove of them. Parties is also filled with helpful information (readers will learn that RSVP means please reply, for example) and behavior rules (be outgoing at parties, but never a loudmouth). It includes sections on hosting and attending a variety of parties and offers realistic advice for common scenarios like homesickness at a slumber party and how to make conversations with adults who say things like, My how you've grown. The girls in both books' colorful cartoon images are thin and pretty, but represent different races. These titles offer practical information in an inviting way, and include tips that readers seldom get from other sources. Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Smart Girl's Guides
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593696485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593696481
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Smart Girl's Guide to Style points out in the opening chapter the difference between style and fashion: fashion is the clothing industry's seasonal attempt to woo our funds from our accounts; style is how you express yourself.

Throughout the text, author Sharon Cindrich urges her young reader to have the confidence to make dress choices independent of peer pressure and media hype, and to feel comfortable with whatever manner she chooses to clothe herself (and with whatever manner she can afford). The book is also a basic introduction to clothing and fabric, introducing the names and shapes of collars, necklines, skirts, pants, coats, sleeves -- the basic variations of design that form the fundamental vocabulary of our arts of dressing ourselves. Cindrich also offers practical secrets of how to prepare for and survive clothing mishaps, like when you sit in something nasty or when your zipper gets stuck. These issues may seem trivial, but simple solutions can avoid so much unnecessary emotional pain -- especially when you're stuck together at school all day.

On page 20, Cindrich gives the most important advice of the whole book, in a section entitled "big truth":

"There is one part of style that you can't buy from a store or a catalog, and that's your attitude. The way you hold your body when you walk down the hall, the words you use to communicate with others, and the choices you make each day are a big part of your personal style.

"Staying positive, respecting others, and having confidence in yourself will help your style shine through. Not only will you feel good about how you look on the outside, you'll feel great about the person you are becoming on the inside, too."

Now that's good advice. With this in mind, our young women will be able to tell the difference between expressing their noble humanity and enjoying the material arts of style.
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A Kid's Review on June 29, 2011
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This is great book for ages 7-18. This book will teach about style, your style,shopping and much more. This book will help find your style and tell you how stand up people who insalt your style. G.R.E.A.T book.
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my ten year old granddaughter loves this book, and she has read excerpts of it to me. i am so impressed with this whole series of books, and this one touches on a subject that is often difficult for tween girls. it is well written and offers practical advice with a positive slant, as always. i wish this series of books had been around when I was growing up. i would have had fewer insecurities for sure. my granddaughter is fortunate to have the kind of guidance from a knowledgeable source to help her make choices, particularly when advice from her grammy doesn't sound cool enough.
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I think this book is great! It's very easy to read and understand. It talks about trends, fabrics, colors, accessories, ways to wear a scarf, advice from other girls, dealing with parents, and even some great shopping tips. This book is the perfect accessory for any young girl!
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By Williams on January 23, 2011
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This is a really cute book for girls. I got this for my niece for Christmas and she even put little sticky tabs on it with notes. Its total fluff but great for the tween age group, they have quizzes and illustrations. She really enjoyed it
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My daughter was slightly disappointed because it wasn't as interesting to her as the books in this series on interpersonal topics. I have no idea what she was expecting though, and was surprised she asked for it in the first place since she has been completely unconcerned with her appearance to date. Like, to the point where I told her she had to brush her hair and wash her face without being reminded for two weeks to earn it. She's ten. I will say, she read the whole thing in one day and her outfits now sometimes match. So I'm pleased and suspect it meets it's goal. I skimmed through it and thought it was a pretty good run down on the basics of building a wardrobe- how to determine proper fit, the names of different cuts of tops and bottoms, etc. I also liked the encouragement to try different styles and experiment with different looks and the framing of it as a creative pursuit, and importance of respecting that everyone's style is different.
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This has been a great guide for my daughter and she loves it, and I'm happy because she is no longer wearing big flowers with little flowers because they are alll flowers. YEA!
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This helps me so much with finding an outfit for the first day of high school, and with not finding my own sense of style.
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