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50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    A great resource for kids

    I came across this book while browsing at my local Barnes & Noble and bought a copy for my stepdaughter, who is a big animal lover. What a great resource! It¿s full of fun facts about animals, easy activities that kids can do on their own (or with a little adult supervision), quotes from kids¿ favorite celebrities, quizzes, puzzles, and lots more. This might be just the thing to get kids to put down the video games and pick up a book! I¿ll definitely be buying copies for all of the young people on my Christmas list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Buy This Book Now

    As an expert in learning¿I have a doctorate in Applied Linguistics¿I highly recommend a new book for children, 50 AWESOME WAYS KIDS CAN HELP ANIMALS, by Ingrid Newkirk. It is a great way to educate children--and everyone else¿about our nonhuman friends. As a linguist, I especially enjoyed Chapter 36, 'Critter Chatter,' which begins: ¿Words we say, hear, and read have a powerful effect on us and how we see others. Sometimes people develop bad feelings about animals simply from the words they use.¿ After September 11, I spent entire days writing to politicians I saw on television who said things like: 'We're gonna find the animals who did this,' as if animals would ever plot and execute something like coordinated attacks using commercial jets. And you know something? After a couple of months, the language our politicians used changed dramatically. Newkirk raises a rare topic that, for me, is at the heart of our problems with animals: We refer to them as things. 'The dog was hungry, so I fed it.' When we're comfortable using language that defines animals as objects, it's much easier to accept treating them as objects. Newkirk suggests not only using the language of individuals (him and her), but asking other people to adopt it, too. I urge every parent and child to read 50 AWESOME WAYS KIDS CAN HELP ANIMALS. It's like one-stop shopping for raising a compassionate child, and being a compassionate adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Excellent book for Children

    This is a well written, compelling, and fun book for kids and adults who want their children to learn the valuable lesson of compassion and thoughtfulness. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    Great resource for kids who love animals

    This is a fun and insightful guide to helping animals that¿s full of humor and heart. I love the way that Newkirk helps kids put their natural compassion toward animals into action without being preachy or patronizing. Laid out in an entertaining, easy-to-read format that features cute illustrations, riddles, and quizzes, 50 Awesome Ways is packed with information and simple suggestions that have inspired my daughter to make an every day effort to help animals. She loved everything from the poems and artwork and the accounts of real-life kids active for animals, to the tips for helping wildlife and the easy-to prepare animal-friendly recipes. I¿ve always tried to teach my kids empathy for animals, because I think that it¿s the first step in teaching children empathy for everyone. Newkirk¿s book follows the same train of thought. She teaches empathy to kids by helping them put themselves in animals¿ shoes and advising them to follow the ¿Golden Rule¿ and ¿do unto others as you would have them do unto you.¿ Your kids will love this book because it entertains and empowers them to make a positive change in the world. You¿ll love this book because it teaches your kids kindness, respect and empathy for animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Great Book

    I picked up a copy of 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals to help me guide my children into becoming compassionate adults. This book has helped me talk to my kids about what happens to animals without scaring them, because, let's face it, what happens to animals before and during slaughter is frightening to most adults, let alone to children. It's a great book full of fun facts that kids enjoy learning and it teaches kids to view animals not as objects, but as living, feeling beings that deserve our respect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Great book for kids and adults!

    I bought this book for a young friend who loves animals, and even though I'm 34, I enjoyed reading it too! I learned a few fun facts about animals and picked up some tips that hadn't ever occurred to me before. The book has something for every kid who cares about animals--advice on finding cruelty-free products, packing easy and healthy vegetarian lunches and snacks, being nicer to dogs, cats, and other companion animals, and tips on writing letters and educational school projects about animals. There are plenty of silly jokes that made me smile in spite of myself. The book makes a great gift, and all teachers and parents who want to raise compassionate, empathetic kids should buy it and read it with their children.

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