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Surviving Fights With Your Brothers and Sisters: A Children's Book about Sibling Rivalry (Ready-Set-Grow)
Surviving Fights With Your Brothers and Sisters A Children's Book about Sibling Rivalry - Ready-Set-Grow Author:Joy Wilt, Ernie Hergenroeder (Illustrator) Surviving Fights with Your Brothers and Sisters deals with the friction that naturally exists between brothers and sisters. This book can be used by itself or as a part of a program that utilizes all the Ready-Set-Grow! books. — Surviving Fights with Your Brothers and Sisters is specifically designed so tha... more »t children can either read the book themselves or have it read to them. This can be done at home, church, or school. When reading to children, it is not necessary to complete the book at one sitting. Concern should be given to the attention span of the individual child and his or her comprehension of the subject matter.
Surviving Fights with Your Brothers and Sisters is designed to involve the child in the concepts that are being taught. This is done by simply and carefully explaining each concept and then asking questions that invite a response from a child. It is hoped that by answering the questions the child will personalize the concept and, thus, integrate it into his or her thinking.
Most brothers and sisters grow tired of being together. They get tired of eating, sleeping, playing, working and going places together. Often children fight because they are simply tired of being with each other.
Surviving Fights with Your Brothers and Sisters offers definitions of and solutions to "sibling rivalry." A child begins to understand why he or she fights with his or her brothers and sisters.
Does it feel good to hurt each other's bodies?
Does it feel good to hurt each other's feelings?
Does it feel good to hurt each other's things?
Surviving Fights with Your Brothers and Sisters is designed to teach the child that brothers and sisters say and do mean things to each other, but that by learning to respect each other's bodies, thoughts, feelings, and desires they can learn to treat one another with kindness and love.« less
Anna L. (annalovesbooks) reviewed Surviving Fights With Your Brothers and Sisters: A Children's Book about Sibling Rivalry (Ready-Set-Grow) on
ISBN 0849981255 - I'm not entirely sure of the age group this book is really aimed at. It's annoyingly repetitive to older kids, and has words and concepts little ones might not really grasp alone. Illustrations of every sentence in the book seems too much, again, for the older set, but perfect for younger children.
That aside, Wilt does a fair job of laying out the reasons siblings fight, the ways they fight and how to stop the fighting - not from the parent's point of view, but from the kid's point of view. This make it much easier for a child to relate to, and the fact that pretty much every thought in the book is stated three times - initially, in pictures, and in a summing up - makes young kids a better audience than older ones, who might find it condescending. Of course, younger kids will have it read to them by adults, who can then take the time to explain the ideas and to talk about them. This sort of approach might work best for this book and the entire set.
The illustrations are great, with a few full-color ones mixed in with the mostly black and white drawings. Overall, it's a nice book with a great goal that just didn't impress me all that much. Still, if siblings are driving you crazy and you're willing to try almost anything, it's worth your effort to read the book and follow up - just reading it isn't going to solve much of anything!