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Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities
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Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities

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by George Ancona
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that....It's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service.
—Kirkus Reviews

This encouraging book presents examples of children volunteering to help others and enjoying the process...Clearly, the answer to the title’s question is an emphatic "Yes!"
—Booklist

A good choice for schools with a strong emphasis on community service.
—School Library Journal

The clear project descriptions and lively photographs show that volunteering is something that any youngster can do, with a little adult supervision. Hopefully it will encourage readers to become active, contributing members of their own communities.
—School Library Connection

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
Children from all over the world coming together to volunteer their time are the central theme of this book. George Ancona uses photographs to show readers different ways children, of all ages, are helping those less fortunate in their communities. Readers first learn about and see children knitting hats and scarves. The scarves and hats will be donated to homeless people in the winter. Readers will then learn about how families come together to plant, tend, and harvest a community garden and deliver the goods to a local food bank. Ancona does a wonderful job explaining how food banks and meals-on-wheels type of organizations work. Organizations that help handicapped individuals with activities like skiing and others that allow young adults to help train service dogs are also highlighted. George Ancona’s award-winning photography is featured throughout the book, successfully sharing the story with his words as well as his photographs. Each photograph supports the text and opens the world up for his readers to experience. This book is highly recommended for schools, churches, clubs, and libraries as it helps children see that they too can volunteer and make their community a richer place for everyone. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-06-06
Kids don't often get a chance to help others outside their families in meaningful ways. This book may change that. Ancona's focus is not on connecting readers with specific organizations but on showing kids the myriad ways they can make a difference, whether working with their parents, their friends, their schools, or people in their communities. A classroom's students knit hats and scarves for the homeless; families harvest produce for soup kitchens; kids bag plums and snacks for needy families; a girl accompanies her dad when he delivers a hot meal to an elderly man; children help train dogs for service jobs; one boy helps another who is disabled to ski; children water young trees during a drought; mentors help younger students with schoolwork; a club cleans up their section of adopted roadway. Ancona gives a general idea of what each volunteer opportunity entails and how long it takes. Lots of pictures fill the spreads. The kids are named in the text, which gives the whole package a nicely personal feel—individuals are doing this work, not generic people. The children are focused and obviously trying their best, but they are also finding time for fun. While this may be too didactic for many readers to choose on their own, it's a sure bet for groups and families focused on doing some community service. (Nonfiction. 5-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763673673
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/25/2015
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
699,817
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

George Ancona is the award-winning author and photographer of more than one hundred books for children, many about culture and the arts. Most recently he wrote and photographed It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden. George Ancona lives in New Mexico.

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Can We Help?: Kids Volunteering to Help Their Communities 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
How Can We Help is a wordy picture book showing how kids can help with the world/environment. It gives examples of what kids like you can do! Other readers would enjoy this book because it shows that kids can help and how they care about the world too. It is interesting to see what kids all around the world can do. My book buddy’s (5 years old) favorite part was when they knitted things (hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) to homeless or weak people. She thought it was very sweet to do that. My book buddy didn’t like how long it was and she thought it was a little boring to read. This was her opinion, but other little kids may enjoy this book. Review by Sofia H, age 11, American Mensa