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Ask a kid a question, and you never know what will tumble out. Here, from bestselling author and brilliant child-at-heart Suzy Becker, is a marvelously interactive way to involve kids in the challenges of life, from what to do about the ozone layer to how to mend a broken heart. Surprising, imaginative, funny, wise, The Kids Make It Better Book is a pure delight, combining a "kids say the darndest things" and Children's Letters to God humor with a greater goal: that of teaching ...
Ask a kid a question, and you never know what will tumble out. Here, from bestselling author and brilliant child-at-heart Suzy Becker, is a marvelously interactive way to involve kids in the challenges of life, from what to do about the ozone layer to how to mend a broken heart. Surprising, imaginative, funny, wise, The Kids Make It Better Book is a pure delight, combining a "kids say the darndest things" and Children's Letters to God humor with a greater goal: that of teaching kids the value of being engaged.
Each "problem" begins with a spread that asks a question and gives one or more solutions from children—illustrated in whimsical full-color drawings by the author. Then the reader is presented with two pages of fill-ins, prompts, and a space to draw his or her own ideas. How do you fix a bad economy? "The government should have a bake sale," says Jennifer, age 9. What would you do to improve schools? "Put chocolate milk in the water fountain."—Robert, age 8. What can we do to take better care of our water? "Have scientists make fish that love to eat tons of pollution."—Jackie, age 9. And finally, a question on the nature of helping itself: The biggest challenge of all might be getting people up off their couches to do something. Any ideas? "Put spikes on the couches"—Micah, age 10.
"Kids Make It Better" by Suzy Becker is fun for Earth lovers, those with creative minds, and kids, who are looking to have some fun. It is also a great way for kids to express their imagination and put it to good use.
This Journal, with both writing and drawing space, takes a problem, gives one or more kid solutions, and asks the reader to come up with their own best solution. It encourages kids to use their imagination and be creative.
One of our favorite kid solutions, when asked the question of how to improve the economy in bad times, 9 year old, Jennifer, writes "The government should have a bake sale." Now why hasn't President Obama thought of that?
Becker also includes tidbits of information including some real-life solutions to problems that seemed fanciful, but actually work. Regardless of how outlandish a kid's creation might seem, these facts let them know that almost anything is possible! Becker shows kids that there are things they can do to help the Earth even when they don't think there is anything they can do to make a change for the better.
At the back of the book there is space for observing and recording problems kids see in their own community, an easy to follow action plan, useful websites and a much deserved congratulations for coming up with great ideas.
The book isn't meant to elicit huge changes all at once. It is a lesson for kids to start to look at things they think should be changed in their world and to take some small steps to make that change a reality. Becker encourages kids, writing, "if you keep giving the world's problems your time and your imagination, you may, one day, make one of them go away."
Perfect for 6 - 10 year olds, "Kids Make It Better" is an excellent way to bring fun learning into any child's summer. The book is also a great tool for parents to start conversations about difficult topics like pollution, poverty and injured relationships as well as kid problems like making improvements to their school and how they can help someone feel better. An online guide that accompanies the book, helps parents assist their children in developing a service project, putting their creative ideas into action.