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Who Moved My Cheese? For Kids

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Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese? is a bestselling book that has helped millions of people around the world adapt and succeed in changing times. Now Dr. Johnson has adapted his story for the picture book audience so that, starting from the earliest age, children can view change as a positive thing that can lead to new opportunity.Young readers will enjoy following the ...more
Hardcover, 61 pages
Published May 12th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Tristan
I loved this when I was little (say eight), but everyone else in my family detested it; Dad, in particular, found it patronizing and preachy--which, in retrospect, it is. I think it is a good idea, executed in a reasonable way, but not really a read that is "enjoyable" for the average person. I also don't know why I read it over and over--I had experienced no major upheavals is my life. Sometimes the mind works in odd ways; maybe this is the book that, years later, allowed me to recognize (intel ...more
Bree
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
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I hate the fact that kids need motivational books at all.
I thought it was a book about mazes. It's not.
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Cecilia
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Read the adult version and found this for kids at the library. I enjoyed reading it to my kids and the conversation we had during the reading and after.
Alison
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great children’s book about choosing to change fears, which can lead to something better.
Melissa
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that has been adapted for a young audience. The book is about how to deal with the changes that we face throughout our lives. Change can be challenging to deal with at any age, and this book is designed give children (young and old) tools for coping with challenging life changes. The story features 4 mice who live in a maze and are chasing cheese, when the cheese is moved to a new location in the maze, the mice have to decide how they are going to deal with those change ...more
Whole And
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Loved the version for adults and now a gem of book for children.

I wasn't sure how my 4 year would receive this but surprisingly, the various complex concept were easily grasped through Johnson's writing.

Concepts such as taking responsibility rather than blaming or getting angry when things don't go the way we expect, reacting verses responding, moving on to the next 'magical cheese' even if it scares us, staying in touch with what our 'magical cheese' is, being optimistic about what's coming nex
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Jenny
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have either read this book or seen a little movie it (is there even one of those?) because it seemed really familiar. I like the concept for the most part, though I think the concept may be a little high for young children. Overall I think it teaches a good concept, because I think a lot of us continue to do the same thing and expect different (or previous) results, when things have changed (isn't that the definition of insanity; yep! I'm definitely insane by that standard.) The book was long, ...more
Denise
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Who Moved My Cheese Illustrates the importance of change and the rewards that come with it.
As an adult, I find change to be challenging; difficult to overcome. This children's book resonates deeply within me; it illuminates the fear and insecurity that I have sheltered in my spirit. I acknowledge, grudgingly, and most times, reluctantly a yield to change when there is no other option available. After reading this book, I am hopeful that as an adult I can now more readily relinquish negative beha
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Shannon
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book does have a good lesson. However, it's a bit preachy, and most kids do not appreciate that in their books. I also wasn't happy with the way that the mice where characterized. The athletic, quick mice were the "good" ones who were able to adapt and find new cheese. The bookish mice, who dreamed of getting good grades, were the stubborn ones who were unable to handle change well. It might be subtle, but we really don't need to be telling kids that enjoying books and education won't get yo ...more
Julia Tielman
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for teaching anyone about change. The author adapted this for children from a bestselling adolescent book. The colorful illustrations and easy-to-read writing style appeal to a younger audience. Still, any age can appreciate the story's meaning. Not everything will go your way, and being able to move on is what makes you stronger It is easy to relate to the characters because of their clear emotions. Seeing how they adjust and personally grow makes the story very powerful. T ...more
Heidi
Jan 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, picture
Dealing w/ change can be hard for me. I like things to stay just the way they are and not ruffle my feathers or get out of my comfort zone. But, change is good and often leads to even better things! I read this to my son (the simplified, child's version of the regular book) and we both liked it. My husband really liked the regular version, but I thought this book got the point across just fine. I have no desire to read the more in-depth book on dealing with and accepting change. ...more
Lisa
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents and children undergoing transition
Recommended to Lisa by: n/a
excellent resource for helping children cope with change and understand the manifestations of remaining stuck. change is hard for most of us grown ups (or maybe just me), and we often mistake enthusiasm for resilience in children. this gets everyone talking about life transitions, whether we have control over them or not.
Reepacheep
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
See my review on Who Moved My Cheese. The concepts taught are basically identical, except this book tells the story with a more efficient use of words to make the point and has prettier pictures. ...more
Beneth
Jul 22, 2007 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: kids-books
Hey, I still like pictures. This should prove better than the adult version. I'm a visually oriented person, really. Oh yea, and I even have an excuse, a bright 4 year old who I am taking through some major changes with me. . ...more
Erica
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Really good book. I liked it a lot and I had a good meaning. It'll take you probably a day to read. Some people could take a little message from this book, but to other this could really be life changing. :-) U Decide ...more
KayDee
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I recommend the childrens book over the adult! A great book to help you through changes. My wonderful sister-in-law, Meagan gave us this book as we were moving away from family. It has helped all 3 of us, including little Lisa to not be afraid of changes. This is going to be a family favorite.
Johana Salazar
The characters are looking for the magic cheese. Some will keep looking after the first cheese is gone, some will wait for more cheese to come, and some will giving up fear in order to get the new final price.
Leigh
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Weirdly psychological or a children's book. 2 mice and 2.....tiny colored humans? work their way through a maze everyday, but when the recent supply of cheese runs out they all handle the situation differently. ...more
Mica
Nov 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
ok , this may be a picture book, but i really like it. its bout change and how change is good and how to do it!!
Brenda
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved it and loved the message!
Kimberly
Sep 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Kimberly by: Jeremy
Shelves: picture-books
This is a book designed to help kids who have trouble with change and attitude. It could be helpful for the some kids to help give them a broader perspective.
Kim
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
great books for kids and adults. A picture book version of the adult book.
Christie Wilkins
May 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
great book for kids and adults about finding your way when things change
Grace
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was COOL!!! I am like Haw.
Alberto De Feo
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great for the kids (...and adults too)
kiki Jones
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book to use in an economics discussion or unit.
Ririn
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody who needs to change!
Recommended to Ririn by: the library
i can understand this better because the 'for kids' factor lol.
just like being slapped.
O_o
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Dave Maughan
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
every parent should read this book with their child. you will be amazed at the discussions that you will have!
Sansan Gilbreath
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I didn't see this as a book about being adaptable to change but as being in a maze with someone else controlling your life ...more
Marcus Matherne
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great children's book. I have not read the adult version. ...more
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Spencer Johnson, M.D. left behind a medical career to write short books about life. The most famous was “Who Moved My Cheese?" published in 1998. The book became a publishing phenomenon and a workplace manual. Over 50 million copies of Spencer Johnson’s books are in use worldwide in 47 languages.

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