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Art in Action: Make a Statement, Change Your World
illus. by Allison Steinfeld. 112p. Bloomsbury. Sept. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781681197562.
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Gr 4–7—In 2016, Chavez set up a table and chairs in a New York City subway station, and encouraged people to share their thoughts, hopes, and fears on sticky notes, which he posted on the wall of the station. This became "Subway Therapy," an interactive art installation that the artist used to help people connect, especially during times of national tragedy and division. This book provides kids with ideas and suggestions on how to create their own world-changing art. Projects are organized by location: crafts that can be done with family, at school, and in the community. The suggested activities include interviewing family members, handing out appreciation tokens to friends and classmates, taking photographs of community members at a local coffee shop, and more. Each project emphasizes the importance of having a dialogue with others. Difficulty rankings from one to five and sidebars accompany each prompt.
VERDICT A timely addition to crafting and bibliotherapy collections for middle grade readers.

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