Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Kids' (and Parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship by Leslie A. Susskind

The Kids' (and Parents', too!) Book of Good Sportsmanship: An Easy-to-Read Guide for Families by Leslie A. Susskind (Rated: C)
Good Manners Kids Stuff Press
ISBN: 9780982474402
Published Nov 27, 2009
Softcover, 42 pages, Ages 4-8

Good sportsmanship ... mmm ... it seems to be easily forgotten in the heat of competition. How then can we help our kids to be good sports? There are several things we can do as parents, and Susskind was smart enough to put some good and needed advice into the form of this interactive and easy-to-use guide.

Susskind introduces twelve principles of good sportsmanship, one for each 2-page spread. The colourful font, the simple but effective situations she brings up and the questions for discussion with the well-thought out answers are all age-appropriate. Each principle also includes a tip for parents. I love this simple but powerful little book.

As a mom with two kids, I have taken my kids to various sports. My daughter has done ballet, gymnastics, skating and will soon begin synchronized swimming. My son has also done sports. Throughout the years we've encountered various situations and met parents doing the same. It's a learning experience. It's true the principles outlined are basic things we know, such as to listen, follow the rules, and respect the officials but oh, how we can forget! These reminders are good.

It's never too early to start teaching our children good sportsmanship which in essence is good manners. This is a wholesome book and one that you can re-read and refer to at the beginning of every sport season or if your child is having issues with sports. The book is attractive, engaging and fun. And it even contains a Certificate of Completion at the end. A cute book with a big message.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. I definitely like the idea of this book. Sounds like it deals with some important messages that kids can easily forget when they get caught up in the excitement of the game.

  2. Sometimes I think parents need this more than kids do.


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