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Children's LiteratureThirteen-year-old author Sondra Clark has written an insightful book filled with practical instructions on how an ordinary child can impact not only the global world but also the small universe of one's family, school and local community. Based on her own experiences, she peppers the book with humor, making the book's suggestions kid friendly and doable. Simple suggestions include treating family like company. A child can do chores without being asked, write a positive note to a family member, or help a sibling with a school project. In terms of connecting with the community, a child can play games with members of an assisted-living center, assist with selling concessions at a non-profit theatre or help at an animal shelter. Overall, the book's message concerns how kids, no matter their age, can show selfless concern to others. Clark practices what she preaches and offers encouragement as well as ways to cope with disappointment when good deeds go bad. Since the writings are Christian based, the book, however, is not for use in a public school. The use of the book is most appropriate for religiously affiliated schools or church settings. Positively, the general ideas can be easily adopted for a public school setting. 2003, Fleming H. Revell, Ages 8 to 12.
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