Monday, February 20, 2017


Dude! Do you know what non-verbal commnication is? Hmmm, I bet right now, as you consider my question, you're doing it! Yes, right now!

Du-de, that's probably too much information right now, right?! Let's just consider Facial Expressions right now, OK? 

Dude! OK, yes, I've seen how some of my friends, or even my parents look when they are angry.... It's not a  good thing to see, but it does warn us...better go to my room and be quiet... How about one that will automatically make you happy too? 

 I love non-verbal communication and I believe it is one of the most important communications skills to learn. Why? Because knowing what to look for and how to interpret non-verbal cues will greatly improve interpersonal communication!

Dude! The easiest way to begin to learn about non-verbal communication is to, first, see it, and then try to understand it! That, Dude, is what this book is about! 

Dude, with no spoken words to read except one throughout the book, children are asked to evaluate pictures--sound of the word, Dude, plus setting, facial expressions, etc., and decide what our little Dude is feeling! Here's an example of what you may see...but just the facial expressions...

Dude, do you realize what your face is telling others?! You know, I like to use emojis sometime, but with all the new options, it is sometimes hard to decide exactly what expression fits your own personal feelings. Used to be a smile would be enough to say I'm happy. Not anymore.

Can you tell from a facial expression, whether Dude is happy, worried, feeling sad...and more... Dude, don't worry, because the face and the expression are all listed at the end of the book. See how many you get right! And, if some were wrong, you can go back to view that page and look carefully at the scene to help you understand and know why the right word was used...

This book is lots of fun just to flip through the pages... The book is recommended for ages 4-8 but anybody at any age will enjoy a refresher course...The best thing is that the book, and studying facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues, will help children differentiate between say the words, happy versus cheerful, and other words with similar meaning but which "better expresses" what the individual wants to say.

Duuuuudddddeeeee! This is a great beginners book which is highly recommended...I'd even consider it a must-read to help your child advance in their communication skills. For me, that is the most important thing you can offer a child as they are growing in years and maturity.


Christopher Aslan has written and produced a bunch of delightful books including the award-winning “Wenda the Wacky Wiggler,” “Dude,” and the wondrous new audio-book,“Jumble Berry Pie” which he also narrates with a ton of passion. He loves to write stories that speak to both kids and adults together; ones that empower, connect and inspire us all! His love of writing and expressing extends into the world of commercial voice-overs, narration, screenwriting, and apps.

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