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How Kids Make Friends: Secrets for Making Lots of Friends No Matter How Shy You Are [Paperback]

Lonnie Michelle
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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September 1995
Third Edition: Published 2002.

The latest, updated version of the book that has helped thousands of children gain self esteem and make friends.

"How Kids Make Friends" by Lonnie Michelle is a colorful children's version of Dale Carnegie's bestseller, "How To Win Friends and Influence People."


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Friends make life full and exciting; children's needs are vast and with the addition of each new friend lies a piece of the child's puzzle for completeness. Conversely, having few or no friends limits a child's personality and may lead to a poor self-concept and possibly to crippling emotional problems. In this book, the author acts like the kind and caring aunt who provides unconditional positive love and offers valuable secrets that can make life fulfilling and full of promise. She has created a gem of a book, both for children and parents. Each page offers the child a new tip and new possibilities. With each new strategy comes greater confidence and opening up to rewarding experiences. This book should be required reading for all elementary and middle school-aged children. -- Gerald D. Oster, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland Medical School. Co-author, Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A guide for parents and caregivers

How Kids Make Friends is highly recommended for children ages six and up, parents, grandparents, educators and libraries. -- The Midwest Book Review

I LOVED this book! By the time my mom and I were finished reading it, my face hurt from smiling so much. -- Julie R, age 9

I wish How Kids Make Friends had been available to me 30 years ago. It sure would have made my life easier. -- Shel Horowitz, author, The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook

Lonnie Michelle has written what could be your child's first self-help book - How Kids Make Friends...Secrets for making lots of friends, no matter how shy you are. It definitely, yet gently, shows kids in their own language that acquiring friendships is a matter of the choices you make and the responsibility you take for the task - not something beyond their reach. This is a valuable lesson which if generalized can extend to many other life skills as well. I highly recommend it. -- Michael S. Broder, Ph.D., author of The Art of Living Single

Lonnie Michelle takes a sensitive subject and makes it a comfortable one; for both parent and child. With a new house, new neighborhood and new school ahead of us, this was just the book our family needed to jump that social hurdle and make new friends. -- Lisa Roberts, author of How to Raise a Family and A Career Under One Roof

Lonnie Michelle's book comes at a good time for an audience of parents, teachers, therapists and others who enjoy helping children grow and make their way in this complex society...It is written in a relaxed and upbeat manner with lots of specific suggestions and strategies that children can adopt for meeting new people, learning what to say, and what to do. Ms. Michelle doesn't just give advise: she has many explanations for why she suggests youngsters do as she says... -- Rita P. Sussman, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

WOW yourself by effortlessly raising your self esteem now. Read this book. -- New York Times best-selling author Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for The Soul

Where was your book ten years ago when I needed it? You've managed to fill an empty slot on the bookstore shelf, and I hope it does well. Useful information. A book every parent needs. -- Paula Hrbacek newspaper columnist, "Paula's Projects"

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This darling book has been especially popular for children who are shy or have recently moved to a new school, parents and grandparents, educators, librarians, child therapists, and special education schools and educators. How Kids Make Friends is available in bulk and charitable fundraising by special order. Give your child the gift of friendship.

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This book is based on Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People". The creation of a version of this book for a younger audience is an excellent idea. Yet, we feel that most of Dale Carnegie's concepts are largely missing (or not reinforced enough). The Lonnie Michelle book only touches upon several of Dale Carnegie's concepts, with little elaboration (and mostly filler illustrations). Each of Dale Carnegie's relevant concepts should have been reinforced with interesting anecdotes.. This book is good for the youngest of audiences as a very basic primer.. Ultimately, there is a great opportunity for someone to author a more detailed book geared for children (with far more text and less illustrations). For now, we feel that parents can provide more effective results by simply purchasing Dale Carnegie's famous book - and to verbally discuss each of the relevant concepts with your children. I wouldn't recommend purchasing Lonnie Michelle's book for children over 9 years old.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point Oct. 16 2000
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my 9 yr. old son who isn't shy but has trouble relating to other kids. I like that this book encourages him to focus on other people, not on himself. (We can all learn that lesson!) It was a good conversation starter for us. I liked the reference to Dale Carnegie's book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" which is a book my sons have seen my husband and I read several times! I do however think the book is a bit shallow when it promises kids will "make all the friends they want" and that kids can "automatically make friends". I think those statements should be a bit tempered. Overall, I liked the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of helpful suggestions May 19 2004
Format:Paperback
What an amazing book. I'm always impressed when authors who are bona fide experts can relay information without ever being condescending or belittling. I gave this book to a child and was immediately impressed by how much more comfortable he felt in social situations.
Remarkable to read and reread.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves this book Oct. 20 2002
Format:Paperback
Shortly after receiving this book, my wife & daughter read it together. At 7 years old and quite shy, she had trouble making friends in 2nd grade.
It's been three weeks since we bought the book, and she still insists on reading it a couple times a week. We believe it gives her confidence to go to school the next morning and interact with her classmates.
My wife insists that our daughter has a new outlook when it comes to school. She has been more playful, and talks more when she comes home. We hope these results continue!
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Format:Paperback
With an 8-year old son learning how to make friends,and handle new situations at school, I was searching for a book to help him along. This book had suggestions like "smile" and "give people compliments" and I didn't think it was appropriate at all for the issues an 8-year old faces at school. It was way too shallow and didn't address real issues. I did buy another book at the same time from Amazon that was much better - "Good Friends are Hard to Find" and I thought it addressed very specific issues and gave great advice on how to handle each one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing March 19 2002
Format:Paperback
It didn't suit the needs of my child at all, but maybe it would help someone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be mandatory for all pre-teens!
Our two children (ages 10 & 8) had trouble making friends, having rarely invited anyone home to play after school. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2000 by Georgia Mills
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much fluff, not enough stuff...
This is a book for kids who really are on the verge of making friends. Who, in reality, probably wouldn't have that much trouble making friends with just a LITTLE bit of effort. Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2000 by Pamela Hostallero
5.0 out of 5 stars My child's teacher taught her how to smile w/this book
My 8-year old daughter came home from school one day, more bubbly than usual. She said that her teacher had a copy of "How Kids Make Friends", she read the book to the... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars How Kids Make Friends-the best book ever made
How Kids Make Friends by Lonnie Michelle is the best book I have ever read! It teaches you not only how to make friends for the kids, but it teaches the parents as well, how to... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for someone who is shy
I'm 18, I got this book today and already have made some friends, this book is excellent, it has cool pictures in it, and helpful hints on what to and what not to do, this is... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 1998 by AxOxL User@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for children and parents on making friend
I couldn't wait to take this book home to my shy child. She really needed the help
that was offered in this book (she's a shy 8 year old), and has read the book over
and... Read more
Published on Aug. 30 1996
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