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It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Hardcover – September 15, 2015
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Gr 5–8—This basic primer on social issues covers education; poverty, both in the United States and globally; women's rights; public health; and the environment. Taking an upbeat, positive approach, former First Daughter Clinton stresses the importance of being proactive and involved when it comes to current events. She includes many examples of children and teens who have made a difference, and each chapter ends with a list of concrete actions readers can take to "Get Going!" Relevant topics (the antivaccination movement, global warming, the wage gap) are broken down in accessible, if slightly dry, language; while comprehensible, the book occasionally veers into PSA territory. Though Clinton draws upon her own personal experiences in an attempt to make the text more relatable (her tone is that of a gentle and encouraging older sister), references to her more privileged background often feel slightly tone-deaf (for instance, in a section discussing how medical problems such as heart disease disproportionately affect people of color from low socioeconomic backgrounds, the author mentions the lifestyle changes that her father, former president Bill Clinton, made after undergoing bypass surgery). While the cheery yellow cover and chapter headings presented in bubble lettering suggest a younger audience, this is a fairly dense tome (the text is broken up by the occasional chart or serviceable black-and-white photograph) that may prove daunting for those seeking pleasure reading. However, the information is sound, useful, and timely, and each of the chapters would make for good stand-alone options for lesson plans or reports. VERDICT A solid addition to global studies or current events units or projects.—Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal
Praise for It's Your World:
"Clinton clearly paid attention to her parents' discussions at the dinner table, and she capably shares the lessons they imparted about the future impact of what we do in the present."--Publishers Weekly
"[A] terrific resource for junior activists."--Booklist
"This book is a resource for children and teens who also want to make a difference and may not know where to begin or may have an idea for ways they can make a difference."--VOYA
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The book is geared toward teens. I'm not the target market, but I like having ideas of gifts for that age group that don't involve tiny screens and earbuds.
Ms. Clinton was able to take a lot of complex data about economic and social issues, break it down into plain English, and present it in a way that will engage teenagers. Her bias--and everyone has one--is a lot less apparent than many authors I've read. The information she presents is easy enough to find elsewhere if one wanted to wade through reams of verbose and bland reports. It's one of the few books on these topics out there for this age group that talks to them instead of at them. Her writing style was a little chatty for my tastes, but probably will appeal to teens.
Her whole point is that teens should be informed participants of the world around them rather than just parroting some pundit's regurgitated talking points. (That point seems to have been lost on some adults who use product reviews to catcall--probably because they didn't read the book.)
Each chapter starts out addressing a problem such as poverty around the world - The author takes us through information about the problem, inspires us with how we could help resolve bits and pieces of the problem and the motivates us by giving us a list of possible things that we can do to help alleviate the problem.
I like that she never states that we are going to make the problem "go away." I've seen students get discouraged because they think they are going to make the problem disappear. I like how it is expressed that we are a small part but that all the small parts make big changes. I like this aspect. I also like how she includes many issues that we can take care of right here in our own backyard. We can't or don't want to change world poverty - no problem - we can tackle poverty right here in our own neck of the woods.
I like it - It's a good book. I intend to use one of her topics as my choice for civic engagement in my classroom: "Time for School." It's a great chapter about how there are many places where school is not a right - but a privilege. My students don't realize this. They think school is a burden but perhaps if they were helping someone who wants to go to school - but can't - it might help them realize the value of school. Who knows. I was inspired - maybe they will be as well.
At the end of each chapter, Ms. Clinton has a page of suggestions that you can do to help with whatever the chapter’s topic is. The suggestions are simple things that you can do to slowly change your life to take action help others. I really liked the entire layout of the book, and recommend it to any kid interested in making the world a better place. The message in the book a is something kids can all get behind, “We all can do something” Ms. Clinton said.