Claire Malone Changes the World is a really wonderful picture book for young children about one little girl who takes it upon herself to try and right the wrongs of the world. This is a heavy burden for one little girl to carry and she learns by the end of the story to focus on issues closer to home rather than worrying about all the issues of the world, she even learns to have fun.
I read this book myself and then with my 5-year-old nephew. He loved the illustrations which help to tell this story just perfectly. We had a discussion about the issues Claire Malone faced with constantly worrying about everything she read on the internet and on the news. He thought Claire learning to have fun and work on changing local things was a good plan, one that we decided would work better than worrying about the whole world.
While it is important children have an understanding of greater issues affecting this messed up world of ours, it’s also decidedly important that we don’t let our children become consumed with worrying about things at the risk of missing out on being children. I thought that way Nadia L King dealt with this was done really well.
I definitely hope that Claire Malone keeps her desire to change the world as she grows and when she’s older that she can make bigger differences. This is a great lesson to teach our kids. I know my nephew and I will revisit this book as he gets older and we will continue to have some interesting conversations around it. I think slightly older children will get more out of this book than my 5-year-old nephew, but I think it’s great to start these conversations while they are young.
This ties in extremely well with 16-year-old Greta Thunberg who has been doing her own thing to change the world recently.
Thank you to the author for providing me with a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Publish date 28th November 2019