Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Our Heroes: How Kids Are Making a Difference. Written and illustrated by Janet Wilson. Second Story Press, 2014. $18.95 ages 10 and up
Janet Wilson has made it a mission to let her readers know about the many young people around the world who work diligently to make life better for others. Previously she has shared in two books: Our Rights (Second Story Press, 2013) and Our Earth (Second Story, 2010). In this book, she tells her audience about those who make a difference.
I have shared this proverb before, but it bears repeating.
"If you think you're too small to make a difference,
you haven't slept in a closed room with a mosquito."
Ten child heroes are honored on double page spreads. They come from the United States, Ghana, Canada, India, South Korea, Philippines, United Kingdom, and Japan. Their ages are mind-boggling. The youngest is 5, the oldest 16! They are each inspiring in their own right: for the ideas, the actions, and the successes they have achieved. They are young, full of kindness for others, and persistent in making things happen that make a difference in the lives of many.
"There is no point for others to have so much to eat while others have nothing to eat."
Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, Ghana
"No one should ever have to eat out of a dumpster."
Hannah Taylor, 8, Canada
"Every kid deserves the chance to play."
Kyle Weiss, 13, USA
"We can change the world one heart at a time,
And it starts with helping one person."
Kesz Valdez, 13, Philippines
What an inspiration they are! Whose procession would you choose to walk in? We can all make a difference.
A pleasing design, winning illustrations and photos, quotations from each of the 10 heroes and other inspirational leaders make this a book to be shared in classrooms and at home. Imagine the discussions that will follow. In follow-up pages, Ms. Wilson adds 22 information boxes about other children, their actions, their creativity, and a listing of those things we ALL can do: make the world better, help others, donate, volunteer, tell the world, fundraise, create or join an organization.
You CAN do it!