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
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
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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