Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Ways to Change the World

Stanhope, N. (2010). 31 ways to change the world: we are what we do. NY: Candlewick.
LS5385: YA Lit / Informational Books

This is a pretty cute book with the very simple concept that "small actions X lots of people = BIG CHANGE."

Though it feels geared more towards the elementary aged child, there are definitely some lessons that can be taken from it for teenagers and adults alike.  Many of the actions are actually children turning a critical eye on adults and their actions. (energy use, recycling, etc.)  The book is colorful and the illustrations are fun and eye-catching, mixing up mediums with some drawings, some photographs.  It's a quick read but is packed with information and suggestions on how anyone can really make a difference in making our world a better place.  Many of the actions are free (smile at people) and easy (compliment someone).

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