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Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School [Paperback]

Judith Wynn Halsted
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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press; 2 edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910707510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910707510
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,071,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Worried that her gifted child was spending too much time reading by himself, a mother admonished her son to go play outside. "But Mom," he replied, "some of my best friends are books!" Thus the name of this wonderful book which describes the role of books in a child's development, and summarizes the social and emotional needs of the gifted reader. In Part Three of the book, Halsted gives an annotated bibliography of over 300 books, each dealing with issues for gifted children. She then presents a set of easy-to-use indexes of the books by grade level and by topic, as well as by author and title. Topics include aloneness, creativity, differentness, intensity, moral concerns, etc. This book truly is "an excellent resource for selecting the right book to guide a child to better understanding of self and situations," according to the California Association for the Gifted Newsletter, and I agree. It is a must-buy or must-borrow book for the parent of any bright child from kindergarten through high school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is definitely the best of its kind on the market! 26 Jan 1999
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Format:Paperback
Worried that her gifted child was spending too much time reading by himself, a mother admonished her son to go play outside. "But Mom," he replied, "some of my best friends are books!" Thus the name of this wonderful book which describes the role of books in a child's development, and summarizes the social and emotional needs of the gifted reader. In Part Three of the book, Halsted gives an annotated bibliography of over 300 books, each dealing with issues for gifted children. She then presents a set of easy-to-use indexes of the books by grade level and by topic, as well as by author and title. Topics include aloneness, creativity, differentness, intensity, moral concerns, etc. This book truly is "an excellent resource for selecting the right book to guide a child to better understanding of self and situations," according to the California Association for the Gifted Newsletter, and I agree. It is a must-buy or must-borrow book for the parent of any bright child from kindergarten through high school.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 6 Aug 2003
By Kappy Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is wonderful to find a book that helps you guide your child - ANY child, gifted or not - to exceptional reading material. I loved the books it recommended for my 4 yr old - we picked up several of them at the library and some here on Amazon. The book also pointed out what the exceptional qualities for each book were, so that you could have a better discussion about the book with your child. It was worth the money, since it gives recommendations for ALL ages of child and I will reference it as he grows older.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful 2 Nov 2002
By Laura Lynn Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book mainly for the annotations of the books and, for me, the theory and application to classroom situations is a bonus. The part I will use the most is the annotation section, where the book is discussed and pointers are given on what types of issues are addressed. Discussion points, always useful for teachers, are carefully addressed for each book. I wish more books could have been included, but, of course, there are trade-offs in that - longer ==> more expensive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource, though oversimplified 24 Jun 2009
By Tracy L. Polyak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent resource for helping gifted children deal with the special problems that accompany giftedness. One reviewer complained about the lack of academic books in the bibliography, but the author clearly states at the beginning that the main thrust of the work is to offer books that help gifted children with emotional issues surrounding their giftedness. Intellectual needs are a part of that, but the author did not try to provide a complete bibliography for this but chose to focus more on the emotional needs.

I found the book most helpful in the first chapter discussion about the unique qualities and needs of gifted children. Although I got the book to help my gifted 4yo, I read descriptions of issues I have struggled with my whole life. In this book, I found my own struggles articulated for the first time, and it was a very emotional experience for me.

My main problem with the book is that it is written a bit immaturely--ignoring the complexities of gifted children and of human nature in general. The author frequently oversimplifies a problem and its solution, and also states opinion or probability as fact. For example, she frequently says that a child had a particular problem, and had the parents responded in a particular way, the child's problem would have been solved. Of course, human nature is much too complex to assume that all of our problems could have been resolved during our childhood by our parents. But the author's insights are nevertheless helpful if you can get past the oversimplification.

This book is very helpful just for the bibliography. Another reviewer complained that books were listed under the grade levels of average students, but I don't see how else they could be categorized, since every gifted child is at their own unique level. I am using the books that correspond to (1) my child's age, (2) my child's reading level, and (3) my child's level of understanding (so these may be read-aloud books).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A primer & a guide 13 Dec 2002
By Rebecca Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Books are wonderful bridges for communication about feelings, values, & decisions. Books can save lives by allowing Readers a way to use their minds in a safe, broadening & nurturing way. Literacy doesn't simply mean being able to scribble signatures, read shopping lists & understand highway signs, it means being able to read fluently, engaging the mind in an adventure of self-discovery. Packed into our brains, from conception on, is a universe of experiences, learning to read gives that universe language.
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BOOKS is a super guide on how to set your children on their road to a lifelong passion. Take the bibliography to your library & recruit the librarians in your hunt for good books.
Everything you want to know about what the ability to read can do for your children's minds, when it can do it & how you can help train & encourage a lifelong love of reading.
Just remember to add Reading Time to your schedule & the mix.
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