Welcoming our Children to a New Millennium:
A Daybook of Hopes and Wishes for the Future
By Jane Middelton-Moz
Children and adults express their thoughts and wishes for the new era in this heartwarming daybook, a celebration of youth, families, communities and our future. At one time, welcoming ceremonies for children were part of every culture. In her work in communities through-out the world today, author Jane Middelton-Moz has become increasingly aware of the number of children who were not received with gladness into the arms of their communities and who walk the streets of cities, towns, villages and reservations unprotected. Yet as wall between individuals and families get higher and concern for children increases, countless individuals have voiced their fear that as the new millennium approaches, communities in the true sense are becoming a thing of the past.
Welcoming Our Children to a New Millennium optimistically expresses the thoughts and wishes of children and adults—from all colors, creeds and walks of life—for a better tomorrow. Letters from adults, all role models working to rebuild a world with a future, welcome children to the new millennium. Children voice their concerns for the world with wishes ranging from "I want adults to pay more respect to Mother Earth" to "I want someone to say hello to me when I come home from school."
Through poignant words and illuminating photographs, this unique book celebrates and honors children and youth and will restore in readers a feeling of community through the support of families and the welcoming of children. A marvelous teaching tool for schoolteachers and parents alike, it will provide a medium that may begin to open up communication between adults and children, and will demonstrate, by example, sound community values.