Children's Literature - Joyce RiceMicah and Liz have left their home in the country to move to the city. Now they live in an apartment building with ducks and a pond, but they cannot feed the ducks or play in the pond. Their parents have moved because of new job possibilities and Micah and Liz miss the freedom they had in the country. They have been looking for hidden treasure in their new neighborhood, but have found nothing. However, they have made a new friend in Grandma Jan, an elderly lady who lives alone in their neighborhood. Micah and Liz try to help Grandma Jan feel at home by planting flowers for her to remind her of her old home. When Micah and Liz discover a lost kitten, it is time for Grandma Jan to help them feel more at home. Micah and Liz teach us that we can help ourselves by helping those around us. This is a delightful first chapter book for early readers. The cover does not indicate a multi-cultural element, and the story does not emphasize it. Children will see themselves in these characters, regardless of their culture.
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