Parents' Guide to

It Takes a Village

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Neighbors build playground together in cheery teamwork tale.

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This upbeat tale of working together to make the community a better place has a positive message and wonderful, engaging art. The story told in illustrator Marla Frazee's pictures is the specific account of building a playground from scratch, following a kid-generated idea. But author Hillary Clinton's text is broader, building on the theme expressed in the title, It Takes a Village (which comes from an African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child"). She offers truisms about kids and communities, such as, "Every child needs a champion. or two. Or three. Or more" and "Every family needs help sometimes."

The text is spare and reflective, with some lines that will zoom over the heads of young picture book readers, such as, "Children are born believers. And citizens, too." The ending call to arms is targeted squarely to adults: "Let us build a village ... worthy of all childen." But kids will be drawn in by the art nonetheless.

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