Work Title: A Kid's Guide to Giving
Work Author(s): Freddi Zeiler; Ward Shumaker, illustrator
208 pages, Hardcover $9.99
Reviewer: Anna Stewart
When parents send a check in the mail or donate online to their favorite charity, it usually doesn't occur to them to share their act of charitable giving with their children. This author, who started writing this book when she was only fourteen, puts the power of giving directly into kids' hands.
Though it took Zeiler seven years to write, rewrite, and then find a publisher for her guide to more than 100 kid-friendly charities, the end result is a resource for the whole family. As a teen, Zeiler realized that many other people did not have the comfortable, middle-class life that she enjoyed, and she felt inspired to do something about it.
Creamy yellow-and-white pages offer boxes with tips such as cautioning kids not to go door-to-door without an adult, even in their own neighborhood. Zeiler also relates anecdotes, including the story of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's campaign to raise money to defeat polio. That campaign is still going; it's called The March of Dimes. Quotes from kids like nine-year-old Lucy, who gave $16 of her own money to UNICEF for the tsunami relief, are lightly scattered throughout.
The first ninety-seven pages are written in a very friendly, conversational voice discussing charitable causes---what they are, how to choose one to contribute to, and three different ways of contributing. The first way is by giving money. Zeiler...