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Children's and YA literature reviews.

It’s Nonfiction Monday! Created by Picture Book of the Day, it’s where book bloggers feature a nonfiction book for kids.  

Wendie’s Wanderings hosts the roundup this week.

Today I’ll be reviewing a title sent to me by Capstone Publishers, Animal Rights: How You Can Make a Difference by Rhonda Lucas Donald.

This is an excellent book for any child or classroom interested in animal rights.  It’s not just a guide to how others make a difference, it emphasizes how anyone can.   Throughout the book, there’s several stories of teens who saw an injustice to animals and fought to right it.   As the book opens, we learn the story of Haley, who lost her dog due to antifreeze poisoning, and fought to get her home state of Tennessee to require manufacturers a bitter chemical. Her campaign paid off, and the bill she proposed became a law.

Each chapter of Animal Rights illustrates a step towards activism. This format makes it a great classroom addition, as it goes through all the parts required for such a campaign: brainstorming, research,  mapping out a plan, etc.  Keeping its young audience in mind at all times, the book asks the reader to consider the reliability of any website (such as looking for university and government websites first), book, etc,  to look out for bias and stereotyping.  Also, when discussing online communication for their cause,  it does remind children to use caution online and never reveal private information.  Finally, the resources section of Animal Rights offers the Capstone Facthound service, where readers simply plug in the book’s unique ID number in the Facthound website, and will receive quality and kid-safe websites on the topic.

With a kid-friendly approach towards a complex issue and a helpful guide for their campaign, Animal Rights is a must-have.  Slim but loaded with information, plus tips, a glossary, and additional resources, it’s the perfect introduction to giving children a voice for a concern.

Animal Rights: How You Can Make a Difference is part of Capstone’s Take Action! series.  Learn more about the series at the publisher’s website

Copy for review provided by the publisher.

Title: Animal Rights
Author: Rhonda Lucas Donald
Date: 2009
Publisher:  Capstone Publishers
Pages: 32
Format: Hardback


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