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Review: What I Know

March 4, 2010

Roger Emerson Fishman’s beloved grandfather passed away when Roger was 11.  When Roger’s father passed away two years later, Roger felt lost and tried to hang onto the lessons his grandfather had taught him.  Roger inherited his grandfather’s easygoing manner and also an understanding of the value of good advice.

Roger decided to ask 10 year olds and 100 year old for advice and wrote What I Know Uncommon Wisdom and Universal Truths From 10-year olds and 100 year-olds as a result of these interviews.  He was able to interview some amazing 100-year olds – such as Harry Houdini’s assistant and an Academy Award winning art director – and quite a few ordinary 10-year olds.

The book is divided into 10 parts – Believing in Yourself, Integrity, Friendship, Parenting, The Joy of Giving, Preparing for Life, Personal Choice, Perseverance, Change and Longevity – with one 100-year old’s interview highlighted and lots of quotes from both age groups.

The advice from the 100-year olds is much what you would expect – work hard and believe in yourself.  For me, the real gems came from the 10-year olds – they’ll give you hope for tomorrow.  Some of my favorites are:

Make sure you really want to have kids.  They can be really annoying at times, and never have more than five kids because that = drama! (Joanna P. from Berkeley, CA)

When you get frustrated at what your parents are trying to teach you, just know that they’ve been through this stuff before.  They might actually know what they’re doing.  (Dorian S. from Charlotte, NC)

At 93 pages, What I Know is a quick, inspirational read.  It’s the kind of book you pick up again and again when you have a few spare moments. I think it would make a nice gift.  Check out the book trailer:

I won this book in a contest on You’ve GOTTA read this.   I am an Amazon Associate.
31 Comments leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 6:14 am

    I could just do with some advice on dealing with hormonal preteens. This book might be the answer I am looking for.

  2. March 4, 2010 6:17 am

    The quotes from the kids that you picked really made me smile. Especially the last one. I like the idea of giving this one as a gift!! 😀

  3. March 4, 2010 7:04 am

    Sounds like a sweet book – and, as Staci mentioned, a good gift idea.

  4. March 4, 2010 8:20 am

    I need a couple of ten year olds around this house right now.

  5. March 4, 2010 8:30 am

    sounds like the type of book that would make for an enjoyable change of pace —after too many novels.

    great review

  6. March 4, 2010 8:32 am

    This looks adorable! From the cover right down to the contents.

  7. March 4, 2010 8:36 am

    I had seen this one and thought it might be really cute. Kids and what they say always manage to take the cake!

  8. March 4, 2010 9:07 am

    This sounds so fun. And I love the cover!

  9. March 4, 2010 9:28 am

    This looks like a great book to have around the house for all of us to read. Thanks for the review!

  10. March 4, 2010 10:51 am

    This sounds like a book that should have included an interview with Anna’s girl! LOL

  11. March 4, 2010 11:06 am

    Out o’ the mouths of babes, as they say. How is it that we lose that wisdom when we hit the middle of the timeline?
    Had a relative who reached the century mark. She passed her wisdom along by example: hold onto your dignity, no matter what happens; read the newspaper every day; and always save time to play cards!
    A very interesting book, indeed.

  12. March 4, 2010 11:36 am

    I love this concept! Ten year olds have surprisingly sound advice sometimes. As do 100 year olds, of course, because they’ve got the experience.

  13. March 4, 2010 12:21 pm

    This sounds like a heart-warming book, wise and wonderful. Loved the video. Thanks for sharing this with us, Kathy. 🙂

  14. March 4, 2010 1:10 pm

    It does sound like a nice gift for all ages. I think I would just be able to use it to brighten any day but reading what a ten-year-old has to say!

  15. March 4, 2010 1:34 pm

    Sounds cute! I know we only have 2 kids and we still manage to have a fair amount of drama in our house!

  16. March 4, 2010 2:39 pm

    It does sound like a good gift book. And the part about making sure you want to have kids was very cute.

  17. bookinn permalink
    March 4, 2010 2:45 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I’ll have to check it out!

  18. March 4, 2010 4:06 pm

    Good review!

  19. March 4, 2010 4:38 pm

    I would like to read this one. It sounds really interesting. Great idea for a book.

  20. March 4, 2010 4:57 pm

    Oh, this sounds fascinating! It makes me wish I had gotten to know my grandparents better.

  21. March 4, 2010 8:56 pm

    This looks so great — like you said, something to pick up every once in a while to read a few lines. I loved that video.

  22. March 5, 2010 12:42 am

    I really enjoyed this book as well! Was fun trying to guess if the advice came from a 10 year old or a 100 year old, as sometimes you couldn’t tell. Great book!

  23. March 5, 2010 7:50 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I like to read this type of book at night before bed. Short anecdotes and not stressful!

  24. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 5, 2010 11:54 am

    This sounds lovely. The kids advice is funny 🙂

  25. March 5, 2010 12:17 pm

    It sounds wonderful, the trailer itself makes me want to buy the book.

  26. March 5, 2010 12:19 pm

    This sounds great! The advice from the 10 year olds is funny…but it also makes sense!

  27. March 5, 2010 3:58 pm

    This sounds like a perfect “red light book” for me…one to read when I am stopped at red lights! Great wisdom emanates from children when we listen to what they have to say!

  28. March 5, 2010 10:23 pm

    I could see myself liking the advice from the 10-year-olds too!

  29. March 8, 2010 12:44 pm

    I liked this book too. Both age groups were wise and beautifully honest.

  30. March 8, 2010 3:52 pm

    I have heard a lot about this book and really want to read it. I am glad that it was a good read for you. The quotes you chose made me smile. Loved the trailer as well.

  31. March 22, 2010 2:38 pm

    My nephews would enjoy this, thanks!

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