Friday, 23 March 2012
You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, and illustrated by Kelly Knopp is to be enjoyed by all the young Social Detectives who might have School Smarts, Science Smarts, or Music Smarts and need just a little help with their Social Smarts to make a big difference in their daily interactions.
Are you a good Social Thinker? The authors end their book by saying when the young readers of You are a Social Detective grow up, they will be good Social Thinkers. How will we know? “They will work well with others in the office and in their homes – for example, as moms, dads, teachers, and other types of workers.”
You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids is an eye-catching book described as a comic book. It has 60 glossy, colorful pages 11 inches by 8 ½ inches. The two staple binding allows the book to be folded easily so the adult can present only one page at a time. The keywords are clearly explained in the Social Thinking Vocabulary Definitions on the last pages. It is good for both adult and child to learn these terms together and use them frequently in discussions.
This book uses the perfect medium for their target audience, elementary school-aged (K-5) students, and immature older middle and high school students who enjoy visual books. After having shared this book with an adult, a non-reader will be able to flip through it alone and “read the images”.
I believe that ALL children can benefit from the lessons learned by reading and sharing You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, with adults who can discuss with them their relationships at home, at school and in the community.