Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9-13 School & Library Binding – Oct 12 2000
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Inspired by the many readers of Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul (one of many in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), the authors decided to reach out to young people at that incredibly confusing, exciting chapter of life, the preteen years. Readers between the ages of 9 and 12 (give or take a year) sometimes felt that the book for kids was too young, while the edition for teens (Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul) was too old. In this warm, supportive anthology of true stories by and about preteens, the very issues that seem so complicated and insurmountable are addressed with intelligence and openness. Divorce, violence, death, friendships, school, family, attitudes, changes, dreams... preteens have a lot to offer and a lot to learn on these subjects. Many of the brief essays, cartoons, quotations, and introductions are witty as well as wise and touching; readers might devour the book from start to finish, drop in for a story here and there, or focus on a concern that is most important at the moment. The preteen years seem to be the perfect time to reach kids, before they are lost in teen angst and coolness. And who better to learn from than their own peers? For some added incentive to read, celebrities such as Mia Hamm, Karl Malone, and 'N Sync have contributed essays as well. (Ages 9 to 13) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Like other titles in the "Chicken Soup" series, this volume contains numerous short pieces of verse and prose, interspersed with comic strips of "Calvin & Hobbes," "Family Circus," and "Dennis the Menace," as well as pithy quotations selected as lead-ins to some of the pieces. The writings are grouped under headings such as "Achieving Dreams," "Overcoming Obstacles," "On Choices," and "Eclectic Wisdom" (for the bits that didn't fit elsewhere?). They are intended to encourage, inspire, and comfort. Each of the stories carries an author's name, and those written by young people give an age as well. Snail mail and e-mail addresses are included for those who want to respond to the book or submit stories and poems of their own. Children who loved Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul (Health Communications, 1998) will no doubt welcome another serving.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Franklin Public Library, MA
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The sections in this book are Achieving Dreams, On Friendship, On Family, On Love, On Death and Dying, On Attitude and Perspective, Overcoming Obstacles, On Choices, On Tough Stuff, On Changes, and Eclectic Wisdom. You will laugh, cry, feel thankful, feel bad, and you can relate to some of the stories. Celebrities Mia Hamm, Karl Malone, Beverly Mitchell, and the members of *NSYNC add their feelings and stories to the books.
I don't think you can be too young or too old to read this book. I have read parts to my parents, and they felt exactly the same way I did. My younger brother also enjoyed it. The book is narated with cartoons like the Family Circus, Calvin and Hobbes, and Dennis the Menace.
After reading this book, I felt better about making new friends, my life, and the tragadies and unexpected things about being a preteen. I hope you do to.
I have found it riveting, and many of the stories can bring tears to your eyes. The stories are concise. The writing is fluid and easy to understand. I was struck, however, by the intensity and hard edge realism of some of them. There is a section on death and a number of the other stories touch on grief, divorce, loss and death. My son just lost his grandmother in March (my mom) so I believe some of these tales will be helpful. They touched my own heart. Parents should be aware however that there is a heavy dose of despair--albeit overcome by strength and love. Also some nine year olds are more mature, wiser and perhaps less innocent than others. A nine year old from an otherwise happy, intact family who has yet to face a great deal of loss or grief may be taken a back, perhaps even a little frightened. This is a good work that should be reviewed first by a parent. Certainly consider the age prescribed. Also examine your own views on death, dying and marriage dissolution. These stories may helpfully support them, or they may not.
As a consultant in the child and youth development field, I would be more likely to steer the 11-13 year old grappling with specific issues to this Chicken Soup.
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My 12 year old daughter really dug into this book…says she wants more of these types of books. The short stories are perfect reading for kids, and she liked seeing that everyone is... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris
I bought this as a present for my younger sister who belongs to the preteen age category suggested in the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2009 by V. Chan
The book contains loads of stories of tennagers who survived all this stuff, and acomplished dreams. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004
This was a book that whenever you picked it up it touched your heart. It is hard to think that some preteens have to go through what they did. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003
Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul the survival guide for the preteen years is about real stroies of growing up, new friends, laughter, sad moments, tragic deaths, divorcs,... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003
this book has everything from tragic happenings in family to your first kiss i think every preeteen should read thisPublished on Aug. 24 2003
I abosolutly loved this book. In fact I loved it so much I read it two times and it only took me about 2 weeks to read it both times!! Read morePublished on July 24 2003
I loved this episode of Chiken Soup and I really recommend it. All the storys of achivieing dreams are my favorite because it is true you can achieve your dream if you try.Published on May 19 2003
Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul is written by kids all around the world. This is a great book about kid's experiences from around the world on a lot of things like losing people... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003