May 14, 2015

Children's Book Review: Let's Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too! by Bashar Salam #Letschangethat

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No matter how young a child is, there’s no better time than now to instill crucial values such as acceptance and tolerance. This is the fundamental theme surrounding Let's Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too!


 About the Book:

What if we had to change the ways we normally did things just to help someone who really needed us? Could we do that? Watch how Felix asks for help from the most unlikely characters and see their reactions. Will they all pitch in and help or will they refuse?

About the Author:
Dr. Bashar Salame is an author and practicing chiropractor in the Metro Detroit area. Bashar has written extensively on may topics including health and wellness. He has also owned and operated a full selection bookstore specializing in children's books and educational materials. Dr. Salame decided his first published work should be geared towards children as early views and habits tend to shape personality. “Teaching our children about acceptance of others is the greatest gift we can give them,” said Bashar. “As I was looking for creative ways to teach my own children these important lessons, I weaved together this bedtime story with the animals that my son loves and it took off.

Felix is a house cat who sneaks outside and instantly stumbles upon a baby bird that’s in trouble. He wants to aid in the baby bird’s rescue, but knows that he can’t do it alone. He will have to make the ultimate decision on whether or not to step out of his comfort zone and seek support from unfamiliar creatures in the neighborhood.

Let's Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too! demonstrates how important it is to eliminate social barriers in such a way, that young children can really appreciate and understand. It teaches children that although we may all be different, we should appreciate and accept diversity. The story told through animals, explains the value of standing together and rising above and beyond stereotypes and intolerance.

The illustrations are delightful and full of vibrant colors; perfect for any young child. My son absolutely loves pointing out the many details of each page. The book has even won the Mom’s Choice Awards “Honoring Excellence” seal of approval.



The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 40 countries.

I really enjoyed reading this story to my son. Not only does the book teach about acceptance, but it also touches up on teamwork and conflict resolution. Even though my son is still very young, this story offers several very important life lessons that I know he will carry with him all the way up into adulthood.


You can learn more about Let's Change That! If Animals Can, We Can, Too!, online. If you’re interested in purchasing the book, you can also find it for sale on Amazon.




   
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