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Taste berries for teens : inspirational short stories and encouragement on life, love, friendship, and tough issues
Youngs, Bettie B.
Publication Information:
Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 344 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.5 9 Quiz: 23988 Guided reading level: W.
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BJ1661 .T37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The Richardella-dulcisica , better known as the taste berry, is a unique fruit. When eaten, it causes the taste buds to experience all food eaten afterwards-even distasteful food-as sweet and delicious. Likewise, there are people who, through their love and compassion, make the lives of others better. Like the taste berry, these people can turn sour days into delightful, even joyful, ones.

With all the confusion, turmoil and heartache that teens experience, they need "taste berries" more than any other group. The authors - a mother/daughter team sensitive to the special needs of teens- have collected a wide array of inspirational material, which they interweave with teens' comments and critiques. The book is divided into units on self-worth, self-respect and self-esteem; friendship; love and meaningful relationships; finding meaning, purpose and direction in life; giving, sharing and making a difference; encouragement and success; and coping with pressure, stress and tough issues.

Real teens reviewed this book and the authors completed it with the collaborative feedback of those teens. This innovative approach enables Taste Berries for Teens to show teens - by means of the responses and reactions of their peers, rather than the rhetoric of adults - what it means to be a "taste berry" and to appreciate the "taste berries" in their lives. In addition, the authors offer their own suggestions and counsel to provide structure for the teen responses.

Taste Berries for Teens--a unique combination of timeless and heartwarming narratives, teen responses and reactions, and the authors' own loving and wise commentary and advice--is sure to become every teen reader's constant guide and trusted companion.

Author Notes

Bettie B. Youngs resides in California.



from Part 1 Self-Worth Our life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. --Ancient Chinese Proverb Who I (Really) Am Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his picture--as he does in living his life. --Henry Ward Beecher The Paintbrush I keep my paintbrush with me, wherever I may go, In case I need to cover up, so the real me doesnÆt show. IÆm so afraid to show you me; afraid of what youÆll do, IÆm afraid youÆll laugh or say mean things; afraid I might lose you. IÆd like to remove all the layers, to show you the real, true me, But I want you to try to understand; I need you to like what you see. So if youÆll be patient and close your eyes, IÆll remove the coats real slow, Please understand how much it hurts, to let the real me show. Now that my coats are all stripped off, I feel naked, bare and cold, And if you still find me pleasing, you are my friend, pure as gold. I need to save my paintbrush though, and hold it in my hand, I need to keep it handy in case someone doesnÆt understand. So please protect me, my dear friend, and thanks for loving me true, And please let me keep my paintbrush with me, until I love me, too. A Word from the AuthorsEach of us longs to ôbe ourselves.ö And yet, we seek the approval of others: ôDo you think IÆm okay?ö ôDo you accept me as I am?ö ôDo you like the way I look?ö ôDo you approve of how I act?ö ôDo you like me?ö ôWill you be my friend?ö We want the answers to each of these questions to be a wholehearted ôYes!ö When others like us and accept us, we feel worthy--like weÆre a terrific person. But even though we may want to feel liked and accepted by others, we may not always get a positive response--some people may not think as much of us as we would like. Sometimes this doesnÆt bother us, but most of the time, especially if their approval is important to us, itÆs only natural to feel rejected, hurt or left out. All of us are vulnerable to the scrutiny of others. Why are we so sensitive to their review of us? We want them to accept and approve of who we are at our inner level, not just for what they see of us at the surface. What we really want is for others to like and accept us for who we are--as we are. But what if they donÆt like what they see? The fear of being rejected is at the heart of the struggle between hiding and revealing ourselves--and can cause teens to feel as though even the people closest to them donÆt really understand them very well. Almost all of the teens we heard from said that in order to win favor and friendship from others, they had to ôplay intoö or portray an image they believe someone else holds of them, rather than ôbe themselves.ö ItÆs a coat of paint teens arenÆt all that happy about wearing: The price-tag for being ôsomeone elseö comes at a loss of true identity. Sometimes the loss includes self-respect and self-esteem--your own. The good news is, while you are willing to do some things to Excerpted from Taste BerriesTM for Teens: Inspirational Short Stories and Encouragement on Life, Love, Friendship and Tough Issues by Bettie B. Youngs, Jennifer Leigh Youngs All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.