How to Change the World


Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Annabel Tempest extend their investigation into inspiring trailblazers in How to Change the World. Fifteen examples of teamwork are examined which inform, entertain and inspire.

We travel through history and around the globe learning of brave, resilient people who identified and fought for important causes. These include those who sought to form the International Space Station (ISS) that created ‘the third brightest thing in the sky after the sun and the moon’. Then there are the brave women who stood against the oppressive tyranny of their working conditions in the Matchwomen’s Strike of 1888.

While we read about the Campaign for Votes for Women, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Annabel Tempest extend their information, so that we learn how indigenous women of Canada and Australia could not vote until the 1960’s. It took until 1993 until black South African women could vote!

The story of Sunder Paliwal whose grief at the loss of his daughter, and the destruction of his Piplantri habitat led to a tree planting revolution that benefited the women of this area, is breathtaking!

Bookwagon recommends How to Change the World with urgency! These stories inspire, captivate and inform. Furthermore, reading of others who led and fought for fairness and change is a boost to everyone during times of difficulty.

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How to Change the World

Fifteen true stories of incredible teamwork

Rashmi Sirdeshpande, illustrated by Annabel Tempest

(Penguin Random House)

If you seek to be inspired and cheered, look no further than How to Change the World. Following How to Be Extraordinary, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Annabel Tempest turn their attention to true stories of teamwork. Thereafter, we learn of feats of daring, determination and positive change.
The first story concerns the first incidence of democracy and teamwork as experienced in sixth century Athens when Cleisthenes implemented a new system. Other new systems implemented included the start of the Fair Trade movement, which ‘wanted workers to be treated fairly and paid a fair wage’. 
Roger Payne, meanwhile, was the biologist who alerted the world to the beatify of whale song. His work, alongside that of Greenpeace campaigning, led to the Save the Whale campaign. However, as the writer and illustrator remind us, this issue, alongside others included, continues to need our awareness and support. The stories that Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Annabel Tempest are so interesting and varied! From Estonia’s singing revolution to the Freedom Riders of New South Wales, we travel the globe inspired and informed!
Bookwagon recommends How to Change the World, a truly stirring, superb book, for reading at home and school.


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