The Thing About Swings
by Mona Patel
Meet Ava, an elephant who tries to use a swing but quickly realizes swings aren’t designed for elephants. She sets out to create a better swing but her friend the skunk finds all of her ideas ridiculous. “We can’t do that! It would cost too much, take too long, and parents would hate it!” While Ava and the skunk talk about all of the possibilities (and skunky excuses) for the new design their orangutan buddy rolls up his sleeves and starts prototyping. With the resources they have at the park, the orangutan builds a wild, over-designed swing that is ready to be usability tested – and ready to teach everyone an important lesson. In her debut picture book and follow-up to her bestselling design thinking manual Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think, author and Motivate Design CEO Mona Patel walks us through the design process and inspires children and adults of all ages to question, dream, and design a better world. 100% of the proceeds from The Thing About Swings will go directly to support E-School for Girls, a program designed to empower underserved young women to become confident leaders and entrepreneurs.