31 Ways to Change the World

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Children have lots of ideas for changing the world — and here are thirty-one fun and simple ways to get started.

Small actions multiplied by lots of people equals big change! That’s the driving belief behind the social change movement We Are What We Do — and it infuses this lively, motivating book packed with action steps for younger readers. Incorporating the suggestions of thousands of children, tips range from stirring (stand up for something) to silly (walk your dad); from ...

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Overview

Children have lots of ideas for changing the world — and here are thirty-one fun and simple ways to get started.

Small actions multiplied by lots of people equals big change! That’s the driving belief behind the social change movement We Are What We Do — and it infuses this lively, motivating book packed with action steps for younger readers. Incorporating the suggestions of thousands of children, tips range from stirring (stand up for something) to silly (walk your dad); from earth-friendly (don’t charge your phone overnight) to eye-opening (where is that Waldo?); from social (teach your granny to text) to downright surprising (speak soccer!). These thirty-one creative, original ideas are contributed by kids for kids — and each is guaranteed to have a clear and positive impact. Of course, the book would not be complete without a final question to the reader: what’s the one thing you would do to change the world?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This upbeat manual, originally from Britain, lets kids know they can help big things happen by doing little things. The 31 Actions were all suggested by children, and range from projects kids can do alone—like taking short showers—to actions involving others, like celebrating a holiday from another culture. That one comes with a calendar of special days from around the world. Most of these actions are green ideas, or ways of getting along peaceably with others. Some of them readers have heard before, but many are more complex and could lead to creative results. Cooking a meal from scratch using all raw ingredients or making a map of a neighborhood marked with "things kids really want to know" are two examples. Just for fun—but with emphasis on taking time to notice—is a Waldo puzzle made for this book; most middle-schoolers will also relish challenging their teachers with a test to find out how green they really are. Graphics are bold and sometimes funky, like the pages for Action #2, "Walk your dad," with amusing black-and-white sketches of grown men being canines on a leash. Pages are clever and eye-catching right up to # 31: "Add your own action," where kids can explain their wishes or dreams and are encouraged to post them on the "We Are What We Do" website. This glossy little handbook has enough good ideas to be a classroom resource or a cool birthday gift. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Publishers Weekly
Presented by British community interest company We Are What We Do, this stylish handbook features 31 suggestions for changing the world, volunteered by kids. The actions vary from the practical (“Turn things off when you leave the room”) to the civic (“Teach Your Granny to Text”—a crocheted list of gran-centric abbreviations includes IMD or “In my day...”) and cross-cultural. Space is provided for readers to write in their own actions. Optimistic without being contrived, and visually exciting. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763645069
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 440,274
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

We Are What We Do is a global movement aimed at inspiring people to use small, everyday actions to help change the world. Founded in London in 2004, the group gathered fifty simple ideas for improving the environment, our health, and our communities to create the international bestseller CHANGE THE WORLD FOR A FIVER, published in the United States as CHANGE THE WORLD FOR TEN BUCKS.

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