Empty Lot

Empty Lot

by Dale H. Fife, Jim Arnosky
     
 

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Inspecting an empty, partially wooded lot before selling it, Harry finds it occupied by birds, insects, and other small animals.

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Inspecting an empty, partially wooded lot before selling it, Harry finds it occupied by birds, insects, and other small animals.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A provocative story that gives a clear message of conservation and brings it into focus for young audiences. Harry Hale has a piece of land that is sitting idle and thinks, ``what good is an empty lot?'' Up goes the `For Sale' sign, and Harry immediately has three offers for it. However, before determining the selling price, he visits the land that was once part of his grandfather's farm and takes one last trample through the wild grasses and underbrush. He realizes that it is not empty at all, but rather a home for the thriving, wild creatures he sees and hears. He knows, too, that once the bulldozer clears it, the lot will no longer exist as a haven for them all. The satisfying ending will bring smiles and feelings of relief. Arnosky's watercolor illustrations executed in pastel tones bring a freshness to the ``deserted'' lot and are constant reminders of all living creatures, large and small, that share this planet. Even Harry is depicted as an inquisitive and proud human being. This will be a leader in the Conservation Corps!--Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316281676
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books for Children
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
Sierra Club Books for Children Ser.
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Harry Hale owned an empty lot. For years he had been too busy to visit the two acres of woods and meadow that had once been part of his grandfather's farm.

One day Harry sat in his office on the fortieth floor of a building in the big city, and he thought, "What good is an empty lot?"

So he ordered a sign to be put up: FOR SALE EMPTY LOT

Right away, three people wanted to buy it.

So Harry got in his car, and he drove along, long way to see the empty lot before deciding how much to sell it for.

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