Everybody Can Help Somebody

Everybody Can Help Somebody

by Ron Hall, Denver Moore

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Everybody can help somebody—even you!

"I used to spend a lotta time worryin' that I was different from other people . . .

But I found out everybody’s different—the same kind of different as me.”

Little Denver grew up very poor, and he didn’t get to go to school. As time passed, Denver


Everybody can help somebody—even you!

"I used to spend a lotta time worryin' that I was different from other people . . .

But I found out everybody’s different—the same kind of different as me.”

Little Denver grew up very poor, and he didn’t get to go to school. As time passed, Denver decided to hop a train to the big city for a different life. But that life was difficult, and Denver spent many years as a homeless man. But God showed His love through two people who were very different from Denver.

Based on Same Kind of Different As Me, the emotional tale of Denver Moore’s life story, this unique children’s book includes Denver’s original art. Parents and children alike will be moved by this powerful story and will never forget the unexpected and life-changing things that can happen when we help somebody.

"Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.

Meets national education standards.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This children’s version of the authors’ bestselling Same Kind of Different As Me is the biography of Moore, a sharecropper’s son, and his journey from homelessness to grace. Moore grew up in a shack without electricity or running water on property owned by “The Man.” There were bright spots in his childhood, such as the bicycle The Man gave him in exchange for 100 pounds of picked cotton, and a friendship with The Man’s son. Moore’s story also includes the physical and emotional hardships he suffered: as a child, he “wanted to learn and to see new places and to have enough money to buy things of his own.” Later, Moore becomes homeless and finds that “being lonely, poor, and hungry made him mean.” But the story also describes the miraculous way in which his plight came to the attention of Hall and his wife, Miss Debbie. Moore’s folk-art scenes of country and city life complement the simplicity of the message: “Nobody can help everybody but everybody can help somebody.” The story is a realistic, heartfelt, feel-good tale of redemption. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
Patronizing storytelling glosses over a tale of Christian kindness. Hall retells his biography of inspirational speaker Moore (Same Kind of Different as Me, 2008) as a lesson in charity. Moore grows up on The Man's plantation during the Great Depression, illustrated with deep colors and eye-catching images, such as a black boy with a sack of cotton as big as he is. After hopping a freight train, Moore is homeless until Hall's wife dreams about him and finds him at a mission. Moore's reaction is plainly touching: "Denver had never heard anyone say, ‘God loves you.' He had never even heard someone say, ‘I love you.' " However, Hall's prose is often glib; he tells without showing, and his description of plantation life borders on benevolent. When The Man gives Moore a bike in exchange for picking 100 pounds of cotton, the blistering labor is described as "extra chores"; asked if he is homeless, Moore reflects that The Man had "given him" a shack. While young children may understand chores and rewards, equating sharecropping with receiving an allowance is hugely problematic without discussion. Moore's simple, evocative pictures tell his story best, mitigating Hall's superficial text. For a more reflective illustration of kindness begetting kindness, consider Jacqueline Woodson's Each Kindness, illustrated by E.B. Lewis (2012). (Picture book. 4-7)

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Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
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7.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Everybody Can Help Somebody

By Ron Hall, Denver Moore

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2013 Ron Hall
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2269-5


"I used to spend a lotta time worryin' that I was different from other people ... But I found out everybody's different, the same kind of different as me."

Not too many years ago, American people were struggling. That time was called the Great Depression. Families didn't have much money. Mothers and fathers couldn't find jobs to buy food, medicine, or warm clothes for their children.

That was the time when Denver was born, on a cold January day on a cotton plantation in Louisiana. He was so small that his granddaddy would carry him in the front pocket of his overalls.

Denver's family worked as sharecroppers picking cotton on The Man's plantation. The Man let them live in a shack on the plantation. They had no electricity. They had no lights. They had no water. They were as poor as they could be.

Denver's family didn't have a car. Sometimes they rode on a big wagon pulled by mules. But they usually walked.

Most of the food they ate came from their garden—corn, potatoes, carrots. The milk came from The Man's cow. At Christmas, The Man would give them a pig so they would have some meat.

Even though he was a little boy, Denver worked with the rest of his family. He fed the chickens. He milked the cows. He picked wild blueberries.

There wasn't money for toys, so Denver would make toy trucks from old boards, with bottle caps for the wheels.

One day, Denver saw The Man's son Bobby riding down the dirt road on a brand-new bicycle. It was shiny and red! Denver had never seen a bicycle. He wanted one so much! He asked The Man, "Can I do extra chores for you so I can earn enough money to buy a bike like Bobby's?"

"Denver," The Man said, "if you pick one hundred pounds of cotton, I will buy you a new bike."

Denver got up before the sun even came up the next morning and picked cotton all day, sweat trickling down his forehead and into his eyes. Just as the sun was setting, he took his pillowcase full of cotton to The Man's barn and put it on the scales. It only weighed five pounds!

Day after day, he worked in the hot sun and picked cotton until his hands and knees were so sore and swollen that he could not pick anymore. The Man's son Bobby felt sorry for Denver and thought, I'll pick some cotton too and sneak it into Denver's sack in the barn. With a friend helping him, Denver finally had one hundred pounds of cotton.


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Meet the Author

Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he divides his time between Dallas, New York, and his Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.

Denver Moore served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012.

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