A Chance to Shine

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Joe smelled kind of funny. He was a little bit weird.He wore trash can shoes, had a scraggly beard.He'd talk to the pigeons in front of Dad's store.I often wondered what he was sitting there for. Through the eyes of a young boy, readers meet Joe, a neighborhood man down on his luck. One day, the boy's father makes Joe a deal: sweep the sidewalk each morning and he can count on his meals. From that day on, the boy begins to recognize changes in this man his father hired-and when he's made stock boy, his new boss ...
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Joe smelled kind of funny. He was a little bit weird.He wore trash can shoes, had a scraggly beard.He'd talk to the pigeons in front of Dad's store.I often wondered what he was sitting there for. Through the eyes of a young boy, readers meet Joe, a neighborhood man down on his luck. One day, the boy's father makes Joe a deal: sweep the sidewalk each morning and he can count on his meals. From that day on, the boy begins to recognize changes in this man his father hired-and when he's made stock boy, his new boss is Joe. Back at school the boy is inspired to interact with kids he used to ignore, and he realizes that Joe isn't the only one who's changed. Seskin and Shamblin's lyrical first-person narrative blends seamlessly with Christie's lush acrylic and gouache illustrations in this story about an act of compassion that makes a big difference.The best-selling authors of DON'T LAUGH AT ME team up with Coretta Scott King Honor recipient R. Gregory Christie to show childrenthat there are ways to overcome a first impression.Based on a song, the book includes a CD recorded by Steve Seskinand Allen Shamblin plus an instrumental version for sing-alongs.Musical score included.Reviews"This powerful book would be a good choice to stimulate classroom discussions about helping, sharing, giving, understanding, and differences."-School Library Journal
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
Joe, a homeless man, is given a chance to turn his life around when the owner of the store where Joe sits during the day offers him a job. The owner tells Joe that he will provide him with food if he sweeps the sidewalk each morning. His son asks his dad why he is trying to help this man. His dad explains that everyone needs a chance to feel needed. Joe cleans himself up and shows up for work each morning, and before long Joe becomes the manager of the store and the son is his helper. After working at the store for a while, Joe is back on his feet, and he rents an apartment down the street. Throughout this emotional journey, the son begins to see things differently. He returns to school in the fall with a new sense of compassion toward others. This is a beautiful story with a wonderful message. The words and illustrations make this book a must have for any school, community, or home library. This book also comes with a compact disc that includes the words of the book as a song. The music is outstanding. This book would be a terrific addition to any character education program.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In this picture-book version of a song written and recorded in 1991 by the authors, an African-American boy describes a scraggly homeless man as smelling funny and being "a little bit weird." One day Dad offers Joe a job sweeping his storefront sidewalk. When the youngster asks his father why he is helping the man, Dad explains, "Every heart needs a chance to shine,/to be wanted by someone somewhere down the line./We're all meant to write on the pages of time." Joe's quality work earns him a promotion and he is soon back on his feet. The thought-provoking story concludes with the boy incorporating his father's message into his own relationships with other children, whom he used to call "strange." Double-page acrylic paintings create the mood and emotion for the text with warm hues and expressive characters. The story is set against a realistic-looking urban backdrop. Sunbursts in bright shades decorate the yellow endpapers. This powerful book would be a good choice to stimulate classroom discussions about helping, sharing, giving, understanding, and differences.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582461670
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 557,912
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.13 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

ALLEN SHAMBLIN lives in his home state of Tennessee with his wife, Lori, and their three children.

STEVE SESKIN has been teaching children songwriting for five years. He is the author of the Tricycle Press books DON'¬?T LAUGH AT ME and A CHANCE TO SHINE, and many hit songs. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

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