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It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,379 ratings  ·  356 reviews
For more than twenty-five years, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has made children her passion and her cause. Her long experience with children -- not only through her personal roles as mother, daughter, sister, and wife but also as advocate, legal expert, and public servant -- has strengthened her conviction that how children develop and what they need to succeed are in ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published January 18th 1996 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1995)
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Robyn It confirmed my "suspicions " that there was far more good in Hillary than she'd been credited with by political conservatives.

The ideals she espouses…more
It confirmed my "suspicions " that there was far more good in Hillary than she'd been credited with by political conservatives.

The ideals she espouses in this book are my ideals as well. (less)
Robyn It might just be a perfect way share values and discuss issues that might not come up otherwise, allowing you to prepare your child ahead off time.

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Calista
My Niece invited the entire family to a literary tea today. She set a place with name tags for each of us. She served tea and then read this book to us. After we had a discussion about the book. She does this at her Montessori school. It was actually a great tea and we had some good discussions. We talked about better ways to make our village better. I think this is pretty impressive for a 6 year old.

I loved the story and the illustrations were fun too. Very well done.

We need rest, peace and co
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Samantha Ania
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We could have had a President full of grace and love who writes a book to inspire children. Instead, we decided to suck.
Scott
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
First of all, this is a misunderstood book.

Many people falsely assume that it's about how government or society is more important than family when it comes to the upbringing of children. Instead, the central thesis is that society has a crucial role in addition to that of a family when it comes to creating a safe and nurturing environment for children. And the corollary: that governments and policies should be judged by the impact that they have on our children.

Clinton includes a number of stati
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Kathryn
Have to say, I am an unabashed Hillary fan. But that said, I was a bit disappointed that this 10th anniversary edition of her groundbreaking book was not updated for 2007 audiences. The data and statistics are all woefully out of date (early nineties), and therefore do not provide any sort of meaningful trend analysis. Also, in a post September 11th world, I would have liked to hear Sen. Clinton's perspectives on raising children in a climate of terrorism, xenophobia and war. Overall, I would ha ...more
Krista Regester
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and powerful message that is illustrated beautify.
Nicole
Jan 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
I couldn't even finish it--and that was before the whole Daddy Clinton with a Cigar in the White House fiasco. Yes, children are priceless, brilliant, beautiful treasures, but it really only takes two involved, self-respecting, loving parents to raise a child. The problem our children have in our country is that many parents are too damn lazy and expect other people--teachers, school counselors, day care centers, nannies, etc.--to raise their kids, and to teach them discipline and morals. Surpri ...more
David J
Perhaps not the best written picture book, but it sure does carry a strong and positive message.
Jen
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote this book with her heart in the right place. I believe that she does have a lot of compassion for children. That being said, there were times that I had great difficulty reading her book about the well being of children, knowing that she was a war hawk in the US’s illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003. On page 290 of her book, Clinton states that it is the responsibility of the government to “Keep America the world’s strongest force of peace, freedom, and prosperity.” Her ...more
Donna
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It reminds me of a time when people cared about other people and really put themselves in the place of the other before making decisions. We were a less selfish nation then.I really believe the "village principle". ...more
Song Medina-Babijes
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I came across Hillary Clinton’s book 2 years ago at a book sale and was intrigued by the title of the book. Thinking it was a sort of autobiography, I learned that the title was derived from an old African saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”. The old adage simply means that a child is not only raised by his parents alone but is also “raised” by other important actors in the community such as friends, school, and village elders—figures that contribute to the total well-being of a child. ...more
SC
Jun 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: advocates for child welfare
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Although I admire Hill's dedication to children's issues, I found this book rather lacking. The prose is exceedingly dull, perhaps because she hired a ghostwriter as she did not have time to write the book herself. (This I can understand, as she was a trailblazing First Lady of the United States, traipsing the globe in advocacy of women and children.) The subsequent lack of passion (which is more visible in her oratory) is therefore painfully conspicuous. ...more
Amy
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Hillary writes. She is great at writing on a level that it feels she is really talking directly to the reader. I felt that this book gave a great sense of how we should be in our own country towards our children. It takes more than a mom and a dad to raise a well rounded child. It takes many others and it seems there are some areas of our country that lack these values.
Annie ⚜️
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I found the beginning a bit confusing and I had to explain to my son what was going on in the story. Closer to the end, it's clear they are all building something together and everyone's doing their part but it could have been clearer from the start for a child. The illustrations were we'll done and the story was nice overall. ...more
Cippi
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everybody
Inspiring, worth-reading. I vote Hillary for next US President
Wade Snowden
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I did read this to a group of 18 year olds like I was their teacher. Yes, I am counting it to my total books for the year. It made me cry. Read it to your children.
Robyn
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Considering I spent years in the Conservative community, where people who never read this book joked about & condemned it without having read it, I had never bothered to read it in the 90s. It's been on my "to read" pile a couple of years now, and I decided if there was ever a time to read it, that time has come.

Regardless how one feels about Hillary's ambition or political tactics, this book is worthy of being judged on its own merit. It has plenty of wisdom to offer for every time and place in
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Chinook
This is a sweet picture book that encourages empathy and helping and togetherness. The illustrations are good and inspired a lot of chatter from both my 1 and 3 year olds. The story was fine, though it didn’t always flow for me.
Yoo-Yoo
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 1996, during Bill Clinton's first term, and the title stuck with me until now, when I finally looked it up at my library and sat down to read it. I am glad I checked it out. It reminded me of many truths and considerations I knew growing up, but have forgotten in the day-to-day pettiness of life. It made me feel more grounded. There are many things we teach children about what is good and stable and how to be ready to deal with society and the outside world. I had forgot ...more
Michelle Lemaster
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Wow! This book mad eme feel so separate from Hillary. I originally loved the idea of a woman in office based on Hillary's strong persona. Unfortunately, after reading this book, I really felt the difference in our class backgrounds. I felt that being women wasn't enough of a bond. To be honest, I was quite bored by her book. It was repetitive, and felt only like politics as usual. This book made me feel very disconnected from Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama's book, The Dreams of My Father had the ...more
Debolina Raja
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about how the whole universe conspires to create the right ambience for a child to grow up in. Hilary Rodham Clinton uses examples from real everyday life to tell us how each one of us is responsible towards the proper growth and development of our little ones into good and mature human beings. Life is an experience, and it takes the whole village and community to make this life fulfilling and learning for our little ones.

A must-read.
Cherie
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Annoying and preachy. It may take a village to raise a child, but that village shouldn't be the government. ...more
Katie
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
More a book for adults than a book for children, but it still has lovely illustrations and an important message.
Keren Threlfall
It is politically convenient to ignore perspectives from politicians (or people in general) with whom we assume to disagree with. In politics, I think there is an even greater belief that if we disagree (particularly, strongly) with someone, they must be deficient in all other areas, as well. But it is not always socially expedient to practice such an existence, and when considering how we can best work together to foster human flourishing as much as is possible, we would be remiss to ignore the ...more
Robyn
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted my review on an incomplete, forgotten account. Forgive my repost.

Considering I spent years in the Conservative community, where people who never read this book joked about & condemned it without having read it, I had never bothered to read it in the 90s. It's been on my "to read" pile a couple of years now, and I decided if there was ever a time to read it, that time has come.

Regardless how one feels about Hillary's ambition or political tactics, this book is worthy of being ju
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Margie
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every educator knows more than one person is responsible for ensuring our children develop to their full potential as citizens of the world. And I know I have said this before but school librarians are in an invaluable position to see all the children in the school for at least three years, usually four or five, sometimes six, depending on the type of school. This brings a singular understanding of the web woven by the children's personalities and their families. We get to see the forest and the ...more
Paola Hernandez
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full Disclosure: I love Hillary Clinton, so I'm a bit biased. Having said that. This book even though it was written in the 90's seems so relevant today.

The importance of having a good support system to raise a child an issue that by all measures she has always been passionate about resonated with me. She touches so many subjects from health care, to education, empathy, work ethic and spiritual growth.

Even though I do not have children of my own, I know that as a member of my community I am als
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Anne Boardman
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During this political season, I decided I needed to know more about Hillary, the person. I have to say I see eye-to-eye with her on child raising, the importance of tending to the entire village and a number of really important issues. I also got to understand Hillary's personality and influences and I am feeling really good about her. This book is very thought-provoking and compels you to act on behalf of the village. And I am so glad I read it. ...more
Kats
A picture book for young children that carries a powerful and important message: together we're stronger.
The illustrations are lovely, but the writing is 'meh', it doesn't have the kind of rhythm or wording that really sticks with children, or the adults who read to them. In fact, I found it a bit stilted and awkward to read out loud to the little ones for whom I was reading it.
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Kelly
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was ok
when you work, work hard. when you play, play hard. and don't confuse the two. -Mr. Rodham

"you can't roll up your sleeves and get to work if you're still wringing your hands."

.. the sight of baby carriages left unattended outside stores on the streets of copenhagen said more to me about the safety of danish babies than any research.

there is not one civilization, from the oldest to the newest, from which we cannot learn. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

when parents talk to their babies, they are feeding the
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Irene
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Parents and People Who Want to Know Hillary Clinton Better
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
When this book was first published in 1996, I was in college and not at all interested in parenting or politics. Now, 20 years later, I'm all about parenting and politics!

In the introduction, Hillary Clinton makes clear that "parents are the most important influences on the lives of their children." (p. XII) However, since "no family exists in a vacuum" (p. XII), the well-being of all children also depends on the society in which they live. The "village", of course, is a metaphor for not just th
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) was the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the cabinet of President Barack Obama. In 2016, she became the first woman in U.S. history to win a major party's presidential nomination, and the first woman to win the popular vote in a presidential race - despite losing the election.

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