The newsletter from Lemuria Books, in Jackson, Miss., directed me to a new anthology: I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children , compiled by Marian Wright Edelman and illustrated by Barry Moser. Here is how Lemuria describes the book, which is for children aged 4 to 8.
What is your purpose in life? To please yourself? To please others? To be successful? To be happy? To serve God? Do you even know what it is? Many people say that their purpose in life is to make a difference- an impact. But how? When it comes to the "how-factor," so many people just do not know. "I Can Make A Difference" is a wonderful multi-cultural, life enriching collection of inspirational material for children. Teaching them ways to make a difference at an early age, it provides answers for that "how" question. Whether making a difference in your purpose or not, we could all stand to make an impact in today's world.
Edelman is, of course, the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. You can read a poem of hers here, at Harper Children's, the publisher. She was also the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi. Booklist calls I Can Make a Difference "a strong package that will lead to fruitful discussions between adults and children."