Kids for Our Planet, People, and Animals
By: Jill Ziereis Houghton
Illustrated by: Chad Thompson
This is a great picture book about the importance of volunteering. It will teach kids the many ways that they can enrich the lives of other individuals in various kinds of need as well.
The book is laid out in a very unique way. For every month of the year, the reader is shown the various ways that they could volunteer and enrich their community. January is about volunteering at an animal shelter. The family spends time with the animals and spreads some love to them. In February, they make valentines and deliver them to a nursing home. All the elderly individuals in the facility smile and this felt so good. In the spring, they plant a garden so that they could give some of them to the homeless shelter later in the year. The family also helped to plant trees. In May, they visit an orphanage. Then in the summer months, they take the time to recycle and pick up trash on the beach. In July, they volunteer at a camp for autistic children, and make lemonade in August to help a charity for children. Then during the latter parts of the year they help at the homeless shelter and serve Thanksgiving dinner.
Through all of these actions, the family was able to help others and feel better for giving back to the community and helping others in need. The illustrator does a splendid job illustrating the book. We can all be more caring, loving and giving to those around us. What a GREAT message for kids!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth