In an attempt to read more non-fiction, I selected this book donated to my Little Free Library because it looked slim, had short chapters and clever chapter titles. Although published in 2004, I found its contents very relevant to the workplace of today. Howard Kaminsky and Alexandria Penney have collected and even coined a few phrases to remember as one navigates their employment situation, and the book cover claims this little book, part of the “Magic Words” series, “will bring spectacular results on the job.”

The anecdotes are all good and make non-fiction reading enjoyable. Their writing style has been called by one critic “full of chutzpah and charm.” It is a great book to collect quotes from. Many could be worked into any speech or presentation. For example, here is an excerpt from the chapter titled “The Trumpet Is a Dangerous Instrument”:

“When we were little, we wanted instant praise for the things we accomplished, whether it was tying a shoelace or getting a gold star on a school paper. To make sure we got it, we issued the proud proclamation, “Look at What I Did”!

“As we got older, we learned not to demand praise. We were told that this was bragging, and the braggarts weren’t liked.”

Motivating words surround all of the anecdotes, becoming life-lessons for on-the-job.




Instead of writing about a kid’s book I have read and would like to recommend, let me list some titles I recently “inherited” for my Little Free Library.  I want to read ALL of them (literally a whole car full–hatchback, back seats and floors, front seat passenger side), but cannot pick where to start. The following from the first batch look promising. Have you read any of these? Let me know where I should begin.

The Circuit by Francisco Jiminez

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

For Your Eyes Only by Jonne Rocklin  Catherine Br

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdich

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

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