Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities
Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities
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Annotation: Describes how children can help their communities in different ways, from tending a community garden and training service dogs to volunteering to help people with disabilities and mentoring younger students.
Catalog Number: #109432
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-7367-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-7367-3
Dewey: 177
LCCN: 2014951417
Dimensions: 24 x 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This encouraging book presents examples of children volunteering to help others and enjoying the process. Elementary-school students are shown knitting hats and scarves for homeless families, picking produce at a community farm, and packing donated after-school snacks for kids. A girl and her father deliver hot meals to a man "who doesn't see too well." Members of a Boys and Girls Club pick up trash monthly along a nearby roadway. And best of all, a professional trainer of assistance dogs brings them to a school, pairs them with kids, and has them work together to give the dogs practice in responding to commands. Crisp, colorful photos show the participants at work and, when their work is done, occasionally playing around, too. For instance, after watering young cottonwood trees during a drought, three boys enjoy a rock-throwing contest beside a river. Succinct text explains the volunteer activities. Clearly, the answer to the title's question is an emphatic "Yes!"
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 With service learning projects in elementary schools on the rise, this title would be a good one to share with children who are considering the options. Through beautifully crisp and colorful photographs and explanatory narrative, Ancona shares a variety of endeavors that children have undertaken in his Southwestern community, such as knitting hats for homeless people; sorting, packing, and delivering food for a food bank; picking up trash; and mentoring younger students. The kids' determination, passion, and commitment comes through in the photos, while the text explains what they are doing in accessible but not overly simple descriptions. Teachers looking to begin a service project might want to start here as a way to introduce the topic and inspire children to think of the possibilities. This title could also be used as a model/mentor text for creating a classroom book to document children's projects VERDICT A good choice for schools, scouts, and local groups looking to foster community service. Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
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ALA Booklist (7/1/15)
National Council For Social Studies Notable Children's Trade
School Library Journal (8/1/15)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

Real kids make a real difference in their communities in this vibrantly photographed chronicle by George Ancona.

George Ancona celebrates the joy of kids giving back. In one after-school program, middle-school students mentor and tutor younger children. Via a special partnership, schoolchildren help professionals train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. At a community farm, families plant, grow, and harvest produce for soup kitchens and charities. In these and other examples of volunteering, kids of all ages work together knitting hats and scarves for those who could use warm clothes, packing hot meals to deliver to housebound people, and keeping roadways clean. Young humanitarians reading these accounts may well be inspired to find ways that they can help, too.

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