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“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
Summary: This structured guide gives a young “author” an opportunity to explore his or her thoughts and feelings, and allows them to privately deal with questions and concerns that everyone has to address as they grow up. This book is a fill-in-the-blank autobiography project.
Type of Reading: family reading; independent reading, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 12; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 9 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The process is organized, thorough, engaging, and rewarding. The program is well organized and I could see how it would be of interest and help to adolescents.
Pros: The author has developed an organized “hands-on” program, which if followed, could help reduce some of the angst with which young people must deal as they grow up. The activities are interesting, engaging, and enjoyable.
Cons: The shortcoming of this program is that there doesn’t seem to be any feedback mechanism by which the autobiographer can share concerns, ask questions, or seek clarification. Without someone as a guide (parent, teacher, or counselor), this could turn out to be a harmful rather than helpful process.
Borrow or Buy: Given that it is a workbook, you will probably have to buy this if you want to share it. The program can be an excellent resource to help young people wrestle with challenges of growing up. Although counselors will find it a great tool, it would be difficult to use in a class environment.
Educational Themes: THEMES Life is a challenging and fast paced process. The speed with which things happen, the constant intrusion of television and media in our lives, and environmental dangers can be confusing and frightening to everyone, especially adolescents. The program outlined in this workbook can help young people deal with the challenges of growing up in today’s world.