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Book Review of "The Adventures of PhilAnThropy" by Linda Wise McNay, Del Martin and Ailena Parramore

Tuesday, January 8, 2019  
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Reviewed by Christina Mimms, SAIS


The lessons of charitable giving can never be taught too early. Children learn early in life to give back through their houses of worship, schools, and other organizations. 


“The Adventures of Phil An Thropy” bring those lessons to life through the story of three friends –  Phil, Annabelle, and Thropy – who set out to help a friend, Ian, who needs a special chairlift to enjoy the neighborhood pool. They launch a kid-friendly fundraising campaign for the $1,500 needed for the chairlift, and through selling lemonade, mowing lawns, walking dogs, and other jobs, their project takes flight. And soon, other friends and neighborhood kids start contributing to the cause, giving their birthday money or earnings from other jobs. While the children find  that each person may be able to contribute just a small amount, together they can make a big impact. 


Along the way, the children also learn about leadership, teamwork, brainstorming, communications, organization, finance, and positive change. The chairlift project inspired the children to do even more as a group by forming a PhilAnThropy Club (directions are provided in the book) and continue their good works. 


Written in a kid-friendly font and with beautiful illustrations throughout the book, the story springs off the page with color and enthusiasm. McNay, Martin, and Parramore, all highly experienced fundraising professionals, have found a way to share what is typically a message for adults in an age-appropriate and entertaining fashion. 


I could see parents and Scout troop leaders reading this book to children, but I could also imagine the development officers in our schools visiting preschool and elementary classes on campus to share this story. The book provides a great way for some of the “office folks” in our schools to explain what they do and to inspire the next generation of philanthropists as well as volunteers.  

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