Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Feel Confident! by Cheri J. Meiners


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Empower children to recognize their individual worth and develop self-confidence, as well as confidence in their abilities and the choices they make. Children learn that they can speak up, expect and show respect, try new things, and believe in themselves. Confidence-building skills of accepting yourself, asking for what you need, making decisions, solving problems, and communicating are also discussed. Young children will respond to the true-to-life situations and colorful illustrations.
Being the Best Me! is a one-of-a-kind character-development series. Each book in the series helps children learn, understand, and develop attitudes and character traits that strengthen self-confidence and a sense of purpose. Children will relate to the engaging illustrations, real-life situations, and easy-to-understand examples. Each book focuses on specific attitudes or character traits—such as optimism, courage, resilience, imagination, personal power, decision-making, or work ethics. Also included are discussion questions, games, activities, and additional information adults can use to reinforce the concepts children are learning. Filled with diversity, these read-aloud books will be welcome in school, home, and childcare settings.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has her master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. A former first-grade teacher, she has taught education classes at Utah State University and has supervised student teachers. Cheri and her husband, David, have six children and two grandchildren. They live in Laurel, Maryland.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Elizabeth Allen is an artist and professional illustrator of children’s picture books as well as a former songwriter and jazz musician. She has exhibited her art in galleries in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Elizabeth lives on a river running through a forest near St. Paul, Minnesota. 

MY TAKE:
Like the other books in the Being the Best Me! series, this book helps kids read about ways that make them be better persons.

In Feel Confident!, the protagonist tells kids about things that can boost their confidence.

As with the Be Positive! book, this book has ways for kids to reinforce their confidence, discussion questions, and games and activities that can help boost their confidence.

The book has the same illustration and coloring style as the Be Positive! book, so if you liked the first book, you should enjoy this one too.

Thanks to NetGalley and Free Spirit Publishing for the e-ARC. Publication date of Feel Confident! is on September 1, 2013.

THE GOOD:

  1. It can help kids improve their confidence.
  2. There are games and activities for kids to try.
  3. There are discussion questions for kids and parents.

THE BAD:

  1. The illustration style might not be for everyone.

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
I can try lots of new things.
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to help boost your child's confidence.
  2. You want your child to read books that have positive messages.
  3. You like books that you can discuss with your children.

RATING:
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