Children - Fiction

Let's Work Smarter

Category:Children - Fiction

Author:Katharine Mitropoulos

  • Publisher: Set Sail Press
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2024
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • ISBN-13: 979-8-9874626-4-5

Let's Work Smarter by Katharine Mitropoulos follows the delightful tale of a group of animal friends working together to refurbish their old playground, Harmony Lane. On a beautiful day at the Harmony Lane farmers market, friends Mole, Bunny, and Mouse sell their delicious goods—apple pies, fresh carrots, and tiny treats—to raise money for their project. Their efforts are rewarded when Mayor Zebra announces they've reached their fundraising goal. The next day, team leader Mouse organizes the friends into groups: Kangaroo, Frog, and Kitten are tasked with planting flowers; Bunny, Giraffe, and Bear with painting the fence; and Mole, Grasshopper, and Cheetah with cleaning the sandbox. Initially, the tasks proved to be chaotic and overwhelming. The flower planting team struggles with dirt, the sandbox team faces an uphill battle clearing leaves and sticks, and the painting team finds precision difficult. Exhausted and disheartened, the friends find themselves no closer to completion by lunchtime. Realizing their approach might be flawed, Mouse suggests working smarter rather than harder: using teamwork, creative problem-solving, and planning to streamline their efforts.

Inspired by this new strategy, the friends devise innovative solutions. The sandbox team rakes leaves into bags and uses a wheelbarrow for sticks. The garden planting team simplifies the process by dividing the work into steps, while the painting team organizes their efforts to paint the background first and then the designs. By working more innovatively, the friends make significant progress in the afternoon. The turning point emphasizes the importance of taking breaks, collaborating, and planning. With renewed energy and clever approaches, the teams efficiently complete their tasks. By the end of the day, the playground is beautifully transformed with freshly planted flowers, a repainted fence adorned with colorful designs, and a clean sandbox filled with new toys. Through delightful illustrations by Laura Watson, the narrative emphasizes the importance of teamwork, planning, and creative problem-solving. The characters’ determination and cooperation resonate strongly, making Let's Work Smarter a heartwarming read for young audiences. I enjoyed the message of this book and the author’s ability to deliver complex work concepts with colorful, eye-catching illustrations and a simplicity that makes it accessible to children. 

Reviewed By: Jane Riley

Reviewed Date: June 4, 2024

Category: Children - Fiction

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