I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children


Marian Wright Edelman has drawn from a variety of cultures and peoples to compile these timeless stories, poems, songs, quotations, and folktales that speak to all children to let them know that they can make a difference in today's world.

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Marian Wright Edelman has drawn from a variety of cultures and peoples to compile these timeless stories, poems, songs, quotations, and folktales that speak to all children to let them know that they can make a difference in today's world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Each of the twelve sections in this book highlights such worthy goals as being loving and treating others with respect, being courageous, aiming for high ideals, caring and serving, being honest, persevering, being determined, and being compassionate. Selections within each section feature quotations from well-known people, poems, fables, folk tales, songs, stories, and full-page portraits of significant role models, including Sojourner Truth, Albert Schweitzer, George Washington Carver, and Mother Teresa. This collection includes quotations and pieces from such diverse sources as Pablo Casals, Maya Angelou, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr., Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Shel Silverstein, Pete Seeger, Aesop, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the Prophet Mohammed, and the Bible. Moser's sensitive, full-color illustrations appear as full-page paintings and smaller insets throughout the book, complementing the text and providing further inspiration. Adults will appreciate this worthy anthology of a wide variety of pieces in different styles and lengths that can be read with young people as conversation starters or, simply, as special shared moments. This is a lovely book to read cover to cover or dip into at various points as the mood strikes. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 12.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060280512
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 487,399
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.02 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, and eight other books. She is the winner of many awards for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, a Heinz Award, and a Niebuhr Award. In 2000, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Edelman is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C., and have three children and four grandchildren.

Barry Moser is the prizewinning illustrator and designer of more than three hundred books for children and adults. He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only twentieth-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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I Can Make a Difference

A Treasury to Inspire Our Children
By Marian Edelman

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Marian Edelman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060280514

A Love Poem to Every Special Child

Black and Brown girl dark of hue with kinky or curly hair

White child with straight hair and freckles too

God painted your skin and curled and straightened your hair just for you.

God is love and you are God's beloved.

Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, and White child created to look just like you,

God rejoices and is glad in you.

God is love and you are God's beloved.

Special child who sees and discerns without the eyes and ears and speech the rest of us need who navigates without the legs ordinary people require and manages without the hands on which other mortals depend.

God is love and you are God's beloved.

Weary child of the night and castaway of the streets afraid and abused in need of safe haven and home to rest and to nest.

God is love and you are God's beloved.

Child of slow mind, innocent of worldly wiles and the will to harm others, freed of devious thoughts.

God is love and you are God's beloved.

Child of poverty unburdened by the chains of things and greed which imprison the haves too muches.

God came in your disguise to save us all.

God is love and you are God's beloved.

-- Marian Wright Edelman


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