Posted on April 22, 2013
"What if, one day, you built a playground, right where there wasn't before — where kids had no place to play?"
So asks our new photo-illustrated children's book Let's Build a Playground. Made possible by PNC, the book walks kids through our community build process, from drawing their dream playground, to seeing their playground dreams come true.
When two hundred kids and grown-ups in an Indianapolis community got together to build the playground featured in this book — one of over two thousand that we've helped create — they let their imaginations run wild. After all, a slide isn’t just a slide, it could be a chute to a time machine. A swing might be Pegasus flying across the galaxy...
Weeks of planning precede the construction of a playground that a community feels is truly theirs, a vibrant space to foster both creativity and physical activity. Sprinkled with kid-friendly factual notes, Michael J. Rosen’s lively free verse, together with colorful photographs, capture the enthusiastic teamwork leading up to the final build of a playground in one day — a playground that will welcome kids of all ages well into the future.