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Just the Way I Am: Habit 1 (7 Habits of Happy Kids) [Hardcover]

Sean Covey , Stacy Curtis

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (8 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994237
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 21 x 0.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 937,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept in need of a better story. 22 Dec 2009
By stinhoutx - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first in a series of seven kids books from one of the Covey's (seven habits). Habit 1 is "be proactive". I like the concept of the book, because I find value in the "7 habits". The illustrations are well-done. The Parents Corner at the end that helps with discussion is useful to explore a child's feelings and experiences similar to that in the book. However, I did not enjoy the story itself much and think it wrapped up rather weakly. Here, the "be proactive" message is meant for a porcupine that gets picked on because he has quills, like picking on a child with freckles. He learns to cope by not letting his feelings get hurt and decides to show off his quills instead of withdrawing. This is consider proactive because he takes charge of his own feelings. I think for "be proactive" it could have touched on a topic that required actual action, like brushing teeth, cleaning up a room, or similar. How would you relate this to a portly child who is picked on? Should they go the next day in a bikini swimsuit? Okay, bad example. So, in short, good book for discussion, limited entertainment value as a reading book on it's own.
26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Way for Me 25 Sep 2009
By IMNSHO - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge Sean Covey fan, so I had high hopes for this Covey book targeted for young children. To begin with, the illustrations are fair. The main character Pokey Porcupine looks more like a cave-man character than a porcupine with sharp quills. Because Pokey looks more human-like than animal, he appears much older than the target audience in elementary school.

The story is told in the past tense, "Every time he walked by Biff Beaver, Biff made fun of him." The next page states, "Pokey would go home and look in the mirror." Did Pokey look in the mirror each time? Simple past "Pokey went home and looked in the mirror" makes more sense than the conditional tense (would). There is one attempt at humor in the dialog among the animal friends: "I fink he's wude," said Taglong Allie the mouse.

The goal of this little children's book is that you should like yourself for who you are, despite what anyone else may say. Given that goal, why does Pokey add glitter to show off his quills at school? On the following page, it is obvious that his friends and bad Biff are attracted to the glittering quills. In fact when Biff sees these adorned quills he says, "I wish I had quills."

When I read this book to my 5 1/2 year old grandson, I asked the questions for discussion at the end of the story. His response to the question "Did Biff like Pokey's quills at the end of the story? What made Biff change his mind?" was "Yes, he liked the quills because Pokey added GLITTER!"

Many years ago, when my daughter was in 3rd grade, there was a mean-spirited little girl who made fun of my daughter's beautiful blue eyes. This lasted a couple of weeks. We talked about what was being said to her, how this made her feel and what she could do - or not do. The book JUST THE WAY I AM would not have provided insight then and will be of little value today. This book had the potential to address a universal problem of teasing/bullying but instead side-stepped the issue with quick fix glitter .
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2.0 out of 5 stars We expected more 10 May 2010
By Rebecca M. Sorcini - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for more of the The 7 Habits of Happy Kids like I was, you may be disappointed. The story is too simplified and my 5 year old was immediately bored. The grammar is all over the place, which I have come to notice is quickly deteriorating in many younger children's books. The body of the book we received was mounted upside down as well.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, plan to get the series 2 Nov 2009
By Kerryann Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This book made a Covey convert of me. I had not read his earlier works but I am familiar with the success of the "7 Habits" philosophy.

I have two small boys, aged 4 and near 2 and raising secure, responsible and kind people is a goal of mine. I thought this was a great book, written at the right level and I plan to get the others for my boys.

Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for Children 13 Feb 2013
By John McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have read and tried to use the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People principles since I was a teenager. I was delighted to find these engaging, fun stories for children teaching these habits.
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