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Children's LiteratureMr. Carillo is the custodian at Dublin elementary school. He fixes pipes, cleans the floors, changes light bulbs, makes coffee for the teachers, and performs a myriad of other tasks. Two children, Grace and Zach, come to school early, every day, because their mother is a teacher at the school. So they begin to follow Mr. Carillo around watching his every move. After asking if they can help, they become Mr. Carrillo's assistants and help with various chores. Mr. Carillo dubs them his "Early Bird Helpers," which makes them feel special. The students and faculty feel that he is a top-notch custodian and they want to show their appreciation to him for keeping their school in tip-top shape. After a meeting, which they keep secret, they make a plan. At the beginning of the school week, Mr. Carillo arrives as usual but the children and staff surprise him with a flood of unique thank-you notes posted around the building—on the doors, on his bucket, on the banister of the stairway and in the boiler room. Through this story children can learn to appreciate and respect all of the people who make their education a wonderful experience. 2004, Margaret K. Mc Elderry Books, Ages 6 to 9.