by: Jerri James
List Price: $15.00
From the PR Firm: Shoes is a children’s picture book written by Jerri James and illustrated by Norma Samuelson. This is the lyrical story of Margaret Elizabeth, a young girl who looks in her closet and realizes she has lots of shoes, plenty in fact. Her heart is moved with compassion for others who have none. She decides to do something about it. Margaret Elizabeth models a Club GoBeDo kid who makes a difference in the life of a child in need. Shoes is a picture book written for 3-7 year old children.
Shoes is also the foundation behind the newly launched The Orphan Campaign and Club GoBeDo (Go somewhere, Be a voice, Do something). Founded by Jerri James, a mom and author, Club GoBeDo is on a mission to inspire and facilitate selflessness, service and compassion in our children. The goal is simple: 100,000 kids in the U.S. giving 100,000 pairs of shoes to orphans worldwide. Club GoBeDo provides free resources for parents for a variety of activities, from the Club GoBeDo Birthday Club (children request shoes for orphans in lieu of gifts – check out the birthday invitation: http://clubgobedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/BirthdayInvite.pdf) to the Shoe Drives and Shoe Parades, that kids and their parents can get involved in to collect and donate shoes, a basic but often overlooked need for orphans.
Stiktures are sticky-note pads with daily Bible scriptures- sticky plus scriptures equals Stiktures! There are 50 verses about serving and caring for others. Each sheet is designed as a powerful reminder of God’s love and care towards all people. Each day, parents are encouraged to stick a new sheet on bedroom walls, bathroom mirrors, refrigerators, car seats and kitchen tables to surround their children’s lives with beautiful verses on service and selflessness. Stick the sheets everywhere your child looks, fill your house with God’s word, and watch hearts of compassion and service begin to grow! Stiktures is appropriate for children and adults of all ages!
More information: ClubGoBeDo on Facebook; ClubGoBeDo on Twitter; join Club GoBeDo; The Orphan Campaign
My take: Part of the reason I have enrolled my children in Catholic School is because I want them to learn compassion for people in need. I'm not saying this is impossible outside of Catholic School because this is a moral value taught at home, regardless of school, but I know inherent in their religion classes at school are the reinforcement of such morals like this one. The very basis of Club GoBeDo is "to inspire our own children to Go Somewhere, Be a Voice and Do Something." One basic way to introduce this concept is through a book written on a child's level; Shoes is just such a book. This touching story is of a young girl who decides to help out another girl in need, across the world, by sending her shoes. Clearly, The Orphan Campaign's motto of "YOU First-It's not About Me" is evident in this story. If you have young children, I highly recommend this book as a first step in sharing with them about how so many other children in the world as not as fortunate as they are...read the book and start a conversation today!
This review was sponsored by Bolt PR and Club GoBeDo who provided the book and Stiktures for review. I was not compensated in any way except for the complimentary book and Stiktures.