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WHAT CAN I DO TODAY? To Make This World a Happier Place

Author: Allison Stoutland

Illustrator: Cathy Hofner

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Publisher: Inch by Inch Publications,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Just the simple act of setting up a lemonade stand for charity can be the impetus for others doing something nice for someone else. This is a book that illustrates how a random act of kindness for one person can change many lives.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler liked following each event, seeing what the next person did for someone else.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice read, written simply so that even a four-year-old can absorb the idea of pay-it-forward. The notecard in the back is a very nice touch.

Pros: The story expertly weaves a "house that jack built" type tale with a pay-it-forward theme.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a great book for introducing younger children to the impact of random acts of kindness.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALEX AND THE AMAZING LEMONADE STAND   MR. GEORGE AND THE RED HAT   DEWEY DOO-IT Helps Owlie Fly Again; A Musical Storybook Inspired by Christopher Reeve to Benefit the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation

Educational Themes: The story offers an easily replicated path to teach your children about simple (and random) acts of kindness.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, philanthropy

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2005

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