Thursday, February 2, 2017

A is for Activist (Innosanto Nagar)

A is for Activist
Innosanto Nagara
Triangle Square
Nonfiction, YA Picture Book
***+ (Okay/Good)

DESCRIPTION: An illustrated A to Z guide explores ways to stand up, speak out, and make one's voice heard on a variety of issues.

REVIEW: This is an encouragingly pro-active picture book, emphasizing activism, standing up and taking action for one's causes, and the gift and freedom of critical thinking and questioning authority when it needs to be questioned. The rhymes sometimes feel forced, though, and at times it seems heavy-handed for a picture book aimed at younger children, enough that only minor nudges would push it into parody territory. That's not to say the topic isn't important or timely, though. A grown-up reading this with children, or giving this book to a child to read on their own, should be prepared to explain and discuss the subjects presented here... and discuss them well enough to withstand questioning, as the book itself reminds kids that asking questions and thinking critically is an important part of any activism.

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