Kids can do many of the projects without adult help, though most encourage teamwork with adults or peers or both. Particularly encouraging are the community-building aspects of the book, teaching kids about basic friendliness and kindness to neighbors young and old. Projects like the New Kid Survival Kit, a welcome box students plan and fill that helps acclimate incoming transfers, strengthen kids' empathetic responses and develop hospitality even in uncomfortable situations.
- Broken into ideas by category, like animals, community development, environment, health/wellness, service, etc.
- Surprising, large section on politics and government for kids
- Potential downside with spidey-sense activation in a crime-fighting section, just for the danger aspect, depending on where you live.
- School clean-up idea is quite solid
- New kid survival kit idea is generous and promotes friendliness among peers, community development
- How cute — Adopt a grandfriend! I need to do that.
- 'I Care' kits for homeless people with myriad personal care items
- Notes in the back with how-tos, checklists for nearly all the projects, startup funding ideas for kids to launch entirely on their own
- Strong empowerment aspect to this book, with a wide grasp of what appeals to kids at a range of ages and what they can actually DO that will make a difference
Barbara A. Lewis
Free Spirit Publishing
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Review based on a free copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher.