How To Be A Particular person by Catherine Newman

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How to be a person introduces middle school students in a humorous way into practical and thoughtful life skills.

How to be a person: 65 extremely useful, extremely important skills to learn before being bred by Catherine Newman, illustrated by Debbie Fong. Storey Publishing 2020, 159 pages.

Read level: Intermediate, 8-10 years

Recommended for: 8-12 years

Growing up used to be a matter of course: a natural process in which a child gradually acquired sufficient “life skills” for an independent life. Today, with 20 people signing up for adult courses because they don't know how to do laundry, books like "How to be a Person" seem to be an increasingly good idea. Even conscientious parents at school can drop a few skills through the cracks. For myself, I was so focused on academics that I missed some basics.

This includes how you behave in a friend's house (that is, be sure to check with your host's parents and thank them for stopping by before you leave, and if your friend offers you an option for activities, choose one from legends They just “whatever”. The basics of cooking, immersing yourself in the toilet, sewing by hand, and cleaning the kitchen are covered, as are random friendly actions such as How to cheer up a sick person and How to write a thank you note . Multiple choice pop quizzes and cartoon illustrations provide a lot of humor among the well-founded advice.

When it comes to charity money and donations, the causes go to the left and I would not follow the recommendation that readers watch "The Story of Stuff" on YouTube. But for the most part, How to Be a Person is warm, friendly, and fun. Even adults could get some useful tips.

Overall rating: 4 (of 5)

  • Weltanschauung / moral value: 3.75
  • Artistic / literary value: 4.25

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