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Thanks for the Feedback, I Think? : My Story About Accepting Criticism and Compliments the Right Way - Julia Cook

Thanks for the Feedback, I Think?

My Story About Accepting Criticism and Compliments the Right Way

By: Julia Cook, Kelsey De Weerd (Illustrator)

Paperback | 1 September 2013

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Do you know a young person who tends to argue or give excuses when you are trying to correct behavior? Or a student who misinterprets praise and compliments? Teach them the social skills "how to accept feedback" and "how to give and receive compliments" using a kid-friendly story with a lesson that enriches social emotional learning.

This entertaining story follows RJ as he goes about his day doing the things he enjoys, such as blowing bubbles, playing soccer, and hanging out with friends. But when a couple of friends give him compliments, he just isn't sure how to respond As RJ continues through the day, he hears from his teacher and parents that while there are many things he's doing very well, there are some things he needs to work on. His first reaction is to argue and make excuses. Throughout this story, RJ learns what it means to receive positive and negative feedback, and how to respond appropriately. Parents and teachers will love taking kids on RJ's journey as he discovers the many forms of feedback, and he learns to accept and grow from criticism and compliments at home, in school and with friends.

This picture book is the sixth in Julia Cook's book series, which teaches children in grades K through 6 social skills that can make home life happier and school more successful. The skills are part of the Boys Town Education Model(R) that has improved student behavior and classroom climates in hundreds of schools across the country. Many of the same techniques can also be found in the strategies that comprise Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting(R) program. Tips for parents and educators to effectively teach how to give and receive compliments and how to accept feedback are included at the end of the picture book. 31 pgs.

The BEST ME I Can Be book series also includes:

  • The WORST Day of My Life EVER
  • I Just Don't Like the Sound of NO
  • SORRY, I Forgot to Ask
  • TEAMWORK Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to SHARE
  • I Just Want to Do It MY WAY
  • I Can't Believe You SAID That
Industry Reviews

"...RJ is a boy who has trouble finding the right thing to say when others give him compliments or constructive feedback. Using many familiar examples and interaction situations, RJ is taught the following suggestions: "When somebody GIVES you a compliment, the BEST thing for you to do, is to LOOK at the person, use a nice, pleasant voice, and simply say, 'THANK YOU.'" The second suggestion is "When somebody GIVES you feedback, they're helping to IMPROVE who you are. LISTEN to the person, and say 'OK.' Their words just might take you far. Make sure that when you listen you LOOK at the one who is talking to you. STAY CALM on the inside, no matter what is said. Then carefully THINK it through." Using ideas coming from these two key suggestions, RJ is able to improve his soccer game, get his schoolwork done on time, and show all his homework steps in math to prove he is not cheating. "Thanks for the Feedback...I Think!" is a practical kids self help book that many adults could also benefit from. Amusing, nonjudgmental language and pictures help keep the message clear and positive throughout this appealing self help for boys and girls age 7 and up." - Children's Bookwatch


"Julia Cook knows just how to write so that ADHD kids will listen. My son loves these books and wanted all of them. It has been the best investment in our ADHD therapy plan. She clearly "gets it" and understands what the world looks like to an ADHD kid. The stories asses the challenges without being preachy and give specific and direct "rules" to follow, to concur each challenge they address. They benefit ALL kids (and adults) and are good for the entire family to know and follow." - T.J. Wright, Amazon


"What a wonderful book for children, parents, and educators! Accepting feedback is often a difficult skill for children. This book shares one young man's struggle with accepting compliments as well as criticism, while teaching appropriate responses that are socially acceptable and will enhance relationships. I highly recommend this book for all educators!" - Tara Eckstaine, M.Ed., Elemantary Administraion, K-12 Leadership Principal, Horace Mann Elementary & Bridges, Sioux Falls School District

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