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It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,292 ratings  ·  174 reviews
In Mrs. Clinton book. she stresses that it takes a village to help children to develop to their full potential. It takes parents, churches, schools, businesses and others. As a country, we need to look at other countries to see what they may doing better than America and pick out the good ideas.
Hardcover, 320 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)

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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 The data and statistics are all woefully out of date (early nineties), and therefore do not provide any sort of meaningful trend analysis.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
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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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
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".
Cippi
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everybody
Inspiring, worth-reading. I vote Hillary for next US President
Sabiel
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.
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
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.
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 plac
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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
Cherie Jane Nef
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.
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
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.
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 bein
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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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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.
Nick
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
While it was nice to read about Hillary's continued dedication to improving the lives of children, the book feels dated. Many of the views outlined in this book were once mainstream values of the Democratic party, but in 2017 come off as Republican-lite. Most of the data in the book is outdated and reads as a very long campaign speech.
Kelly
Jul 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-group-books
I really wanted to like it. And the first 30 or so pages were good. But she comes off as over-privileged and preachy.

I'll still vote for her if she gets the dem nom, of course.
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: 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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Lauren
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I’ve always felt conflicted about Hillary. There are times I see her as a woman with a family who has faced struggles in her life that are not all that different from myself. Then there are moments when I think she is a stone cold harridan who manipulates the system in order to gain as much power as possible.

As I read this book, however, I was solidly on her side. Who wouldn’t be (well, besides Ann Coulture)? Putting children first, promoting early education programs and daycare assistance, hel
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Vincent Novak
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was published 14 years ago, and the generation of children (of which I was a part of circa 1996) Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks of, is now in early adulthood, the book's thesis that not only must society make accomodations for its children, but the parents of said children also, is still very relevant in 2010. I grew up in a small town not unlike the ideal "village" portrayed by Mrs. Clinton. I was raised by a single divorcee mom was very conservative in her parenting methods. ...more
Sarah Mackintosh
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I enjoyed this read; however I couldn't give it more stars because as I read I realized that there was a pattern that started to annoy me. Basically Clinton outlined truths and reminisces about her experiences and those are truly delightful bits. Then she outlines legislation and solutions for various issues. I think the book would be more interesting if she had addressed issues that she wanted to change or show the ways that other counties and leaders had made innovative, successful changes, bu ...more
Stephanie Sun
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to the abridged audiobook.

Most surprising anecdote: She and Bill had Arkansas prison inmates on staff in the governor's mansion, which had been longstanding state policy. She got to know all kinds of convicted criminals, including murderers.

The last part of the audiobook is about income inequality and the degradations of consumer capitalism.

All in all, with the frequent subtweeting of politicians who talk a big talk about family values except when family-friendly Democratic policies
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Debbie
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked it but my friends didn't so much. However, it's a good book club pick. Our book club quote-of-the-year came from this book -

"It just goes to show that a bad book doesn't make for a bad book club meeting."
Gayle
Aug 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting discussion of public policy, developmental and educational psychology. Nothing much new, though. I was disappointed because I'd hoped to get a better insight into Hillary, the person.
Kaethe
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the sentiment, and agree with it. But I think it's falling on deaf ears these days. There seems to be nothing left of the social contract.
Justin Tapp

Hillary Clinton is the Last Conservative.

Take a look at these quotes and tell me who of the many candidates for President in 2016 wrote them:

"There are limits to what (government) can do. We reject the utopian view that government can or should protect people from the consequences of personal decisions or that it can legislate complete peace, harmony, and brotherhood."

"Those of us who believe in the free market system should worry about what we are in danger of becoming: a throwaway society sust
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving within the administration of President Barack Obama.

She was a Senator from the state of New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd, President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, Hillary served as First Lady from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election Clinton was a leading ca
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“We need to understand that there is no formula for how women should lead their lives. that is why we must respect the choices that each woman makes for herself and her family. Every woman deserves the chance to realize her God-given potential.” 45 likes
“Home is a child's first and most important classroom.” 37 likes
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