Every Body's Talking
What We Say without Words
Are you nervous about your presentation at school tomorrow? Or about going onstage for the school play? What about trying out for the baseball team? Try standing like a superhero for a few seconds before you start. Research shows that standing like a hero makes you feel—and act—like one!
Humans use words to communicate, but we also use our bodies to send messages. We may shrug our shoulders to show we don’t care, or open our eyes wide in surprise, or give the thumbs up to show we approve of something. But did you know that giving the thumbs up in Greece is pretty rude? Or that nodding your head—which means “yes” in the United States and Canada—actually means “no” in the European countries of Albania and Bulgaria?
Every Body’s Talking explores the complexities of body language. Discover what is really being expressed when people stand, sit, or move in certain ways and learn how you can use your body and facial expressions to communicate more effectively in a variety of situations.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Genre||Social Studies, Young Adult|
|Category||SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||64|
|Reading Counts! Level||8.4|
|BISACS||JNF044000, JNF052040, JNF053050|
|Dimensions||9.75 x 9.75|
|Features||Activities, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Websites, and eSource|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Cream of the Crop for Children's and Young Adult Literature
Library Media Connection
“Large text and expressive full-color photographs explore the complexities of body language and how you can use your body and facial expressions to communicate more effectively.” —Library Media Connection
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Count on readers sharing this book with friends and postulating exactly who among their acquaintance ‘always does that.’” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A must-have for classroom libraries in classes requiring oral presentations, this book may well help students faster than any teacher encouragement…. Display in public and school libraries; gift a copy to your child or child’s teacher; help this extraordinary resource make the rounds.” —starred, VOYA
“A smart, accessible introduction to an important and interesting topic.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The layout is lighthearted and the photographs are spry, while the source information is drawn from both current events and scientific experts.” —Booklist
Author: Donna M. Jackson
Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young readers. Her works include the critically acclaimed Elephant Scientist, named a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, a 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book nonfiction honor book, and an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade book; Extreme Scientists, selected as a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009; and ER Vets, an Orbis Pictus and ASPCA Henry Bergh honor book. Donna's interest in the mind-body connection began when she first studied psychology in college. Later, while writing a book called In Your Face, she became fascinated with facial expressions and the many messages we communicate through body language—both to ourselves and others. Donna holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She lives near the Rocky Mountains with her husband, Charlie, their family, and their two dogs, Shadow and Sydney.
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Every Body's Talking
Are you nervous about your presentation at school tomorrow? Or about going onstage for the school play? What about trying out for the baseball team? Try standing like a superhero for a few seconds before you start. Research shows that standing like a hero makes you feel—and act—like one! View available downloads →