Reviews for Dealing With Stress : A How-to Guide


Booklist Reviews 2012 January #1
The bright, cheerful design of the Life: A How-to Guide series helps make it seem as if life skills are something to look forward to rather than suffer through. The tone is upbeat without being overly enthusiastic, and the advice offered is generally very sound. The format varies slightly with topics, but each book includes around eight chapters with text broken up courtesy of sidebar sections and well-chosen quotes. Bold, unevenly shaped boxes set off the illustrations nicely. Dealing with Stress defines stress before discussing it in physiological and emotional terms and making numerous suggestions for coping mechanisms. Each book includes notes, suggestions for further reading, websites, and an index. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
These volumes teach teens about how common human experiences--making friends and dealing with stress--affect their age group in particular. The information is more a general overview than something that provides a cohesive thread. Personal stories interspersed throughout add a human face but often sound canned; stock photos are similarly hit-or-miss. Stress includes hotlines to contact. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. [Review covers these Life: A How-To Guide titles: Friendship and Dealing with Stress.]

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2012 August/September
This series of high interest titles features an attractive layout, solid information, and plenty of appeal. Illustrated with photos and cartoon drawings, the books also have highlighted text boxes with facts, questions to consider, quizzes and questionnaires, and suggestions. In addition to other features, Dealing with Stress also contains hotlines. In Using Technology, information on the "wired" generation is presented in an engaging manner and includes balanced discussion of the pros and cons of technology in teens' lives. All titles in the series should see wide circulation in the middle and high school library. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Table of Contents. Index. Cynthia Ortiz, School Librarian, Hackensack (New Jersey) High School [Editor's Note: Also available in paperback.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 May

Gr 7-10--The quality of these titles varies from book to book. Drive includes an outstanding parent-child driving contract and cites pertinent research to emphasize the importance of conscientiousness behind the wheel without resorting to scare tactics. It has solid advice on being a responsible car owner and handling police stops. Thoughtful discussion questions round out this essential volume. The title of the next book is misleading. The first five chapters are devoted to the history of youth fashion and its intersection with marketing, the next one is an incongruous look at sweatshops, and only in the last chapter are dress codes discussed. Streissguth's itemized descriptions of modern styles vacillate between value judgments and plays at hipness. Wroble takes a wordy approach to the biological and social aspects of stress. Balancing Work and Play (Amicus, 2010) covers the same information in half the pages. While Driving excels, explaining in well-organized detail the entire process of becoming a responsible driver, all three volumes have stock photos with dull captions and arbitrarily placed clip art images.--Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

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