Reviewed by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.
This book is geared toward young gifted and talented readers; however, it is also a short and easy read for adults who would like to begin building a knowledge base about what it means to be GT. Judy Galbraith’s more than 20 years of experience working with the gifted community make this book a forthright and enlightening resource.
Reading this book can help young gifted children understand what the label gifted means to them. The author emphasizes how all individuals do not define their special talents or abilities the same way, and how specific talents and abilities differ from person to person. She addresses many questions floating through the heads of bright youth, and gives an array of educated answers to them. Gifted children can also benefit from some “been there, done that” experience of other gifted children in the “GTs speak out” segments featured in the book. The individual’s role in fully developing his or her high potential is highlighted throughout The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 and Under with numerous tips on how to do so. Readers are also encouraged to write their own experiences or definitions pertaining to giftedness in designated sections. These are some of many aspects in this book that encourages gifted youth to increase their self awareness. The author also provides numerous “think about it” suggestions to assist with this. After reading this book, gifted children are likely to feel a sense of pride and empowerment related to their capabilities.
In addition, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 and Under could be a useful tool for parents who would like to empathize with their gifted child’s perspective. Reading the “GTs speak out” segments may help parents identify what their children are experiencing. Furthermore, knowing the tips on how to “make school more cool,” “how to be the best you can be” and more, can help parents teach their children to self advocate for their education. This book is written for a mature young population. There seems to be an assumption of high communication competency for the intended young audience. Discussing appropriate and effective means of self advocacy could be very beneficial to your child. The wise saying “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” may be something parents want to explain to their children. Parents who read this book will be able to assist their children in understanding the “8 Great Rights of Gifted Kids,” and how to stick up for these rights in the most effective way. Other aspects of this book that may interest parents are the resources for parents and teachers, websites, and index found in the back of the book.
The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 and Under is a book that can easily be read from cover to cover in one sitting. It is also a resource parents can lead their children to time and again to help them learn to handle difficult situations.
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