Published by Chronicle Books
Summary: The team that brought us Her Right Foot takes a look at the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The rhyming text is simple, emphasizing the importance of helping others and working to make a better society. Suggestions include helping a neighbor, joining a cause, writing a letter, and the generic “righting a wrong”. There may be a sly political message in the “No Trumpets” sign in a couple of the illustrations. The conclusion? “So forget yourself a second/Grab a shovel or a pen/Do something for another./Don’t you dare doubt that you can!/Everything makes an impact/on a bigger big than you./And it all starts with the question:/What can a citizen do?” 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A basic introduction to civics for preschool and primary students. The illustrations are the star of the show here, with a diverse cast of kid characters portrayed in collage illustrations that seem to pop out of the page.
Cons: If ever a book cried out for back matter, this is it. What is a citizen? What are some specific actions citizens can take? Definitely some missed opportunities here, particularly after the thought-provoking Her Right Foot.