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The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2006

    Give This Book a Look

    The interactive aspect of this book, along with its message, goes a long way toward inspiring young readers Children to make a positive difference in the world. The illustrations and activities are engaging and compel children to write up their ideas and hopes for themselves and mother Earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    Great for Learning

    This book is very inspiring! This book is a perfect role model for any child to read. They can really learn so much from this book. If a child takes one good thing from this book, it helps make this world a happier place. I recommend this book for any child. This makes a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    One book holds the village to raise your child!

    ¿The Giving Book¿ and ¿The Hero Book¿ the first two books in a series by Ellen Sabin teach children how to be bigger, better givers while also reinforcing the three ¿r¿s of reading, writing and arithmetic in a gorgeous binding of just 64 pages. These books combine the colorful characters and palpability akin to childhood favorites like that of Sesame Street or Reading Rainbow, while also teaching the values of giving to others as a way of getting to know yourself. Your children will be learning how to become amazing adults without ever realizing it! These books come in large, durable heavy pages that feel more like a photo album than a reading book, and this is because there are limitless opportunities for the reader to draw, glue, write, insert photos and collage. By the end of the book, with all of their creative input, they are by and large a co-author! It takes a village to raise a child, and ¿The Giving Book¿ and ¿The Hero Book¿ provide a wonderful community of learning opportunities. Author Ellen Sabin presents great information on how to give back to your community in addition to how to discuss and share your growing personality with others. The activities throughout the text simultaneously improve their working vocabularies and refine their dexterity by encouraging their creative hands and minds to add personal touches to their edition. These books cannot go wrong, and have a place in both home and classroom for the child just big enough to hold a book on their own, through the middle-schooler who still has an appreciation for crafts and self-discovery!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    Help Young Children Make a Difference in the World

    The Giving Book engages the young person in significant and personally rewarding steps as they explore giving back to the world at large. It shows each child they can be a force in this world and make change happen for the good. The Giving Book provides personalization and 'ownership' of the child's charitable efforts and makes this realization a lasting one. After time has gone by, the child looks at their Giving Book and this 'ownership' continues to encourage and reward the child. +++++ As a parent I appreciate the focal point and regrounding the Giving Book provides. It is difficult to face continuous newscasts of sadness and neglect in the world and then to encourage a child to think of charitable works. The Giving Book is gentle, giving firm support for the good instincts of the child to make a difference in the world and helps them feel happy about it. Even if a parent doesn't have the time to hear about to each step that they took, the kids can record their actions and share them with parents and others later. +++++ Ms. Sabin has given a gift to us all. I hope her good deed and those of the many 'owners' of her book will continue over the years. I heartily recommend this book for your child or others (as a gift to children's groups, scouts, church youth programs, clubs) to inspire the best in our kids and reward them in an appropriate and mature way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2005

    a book that will touch your heart

    This little book is the best book on philanthropy for children i have ever seen. Giving is a difficult concept for children as is sharing. Ellen SAbin makes it a fun and experiential journey. Every child in America should own this book and use it every day of their lives. We will be a better nation and world as a result. Marc Pollick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    A Great Book for Growing Better People

    A richly realized, illustrative interactive framework for giving young people a fuller, wider perspective on the world in which they live and how to contribute-- in both big ways and small-- to making it a better place. A refreshing change from standard children's fare, both in terms of the lessons taught and the manner in which they are presented-- in an open, honest manner which gives young people respect and credit as thoughtful, active participants, even as it teaches. An ideal gift that encourages its readers to keep on giving.

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