Makayla Cares about Othersby Virginia Kroll, Nancy Cote
Makayla realizes that caring is about doing nice things for other people, even when it's hard to do. Makayla overcomes her fear of bugs in order to help plant a memorial garden for a neighbor.
Eight-year-old Makayla is great at helping others, but her fear of bugs keeps her from assisting her neighbor in planting a memory garden for her cat. After thinking of the things her grandfather does to indicate his love, such as taking her for ice cream even though he can't eat it, the girl realizes that she must overcome her anxiety to prove that she cares. The illustrations portray Makayla pondering the problem and overcoming her concern. Pictures vary in size, which keeps readers' focus. This book is useful for discussing concern for others, but it also can stand alone as an enjoyable story.
Sandra WelzenbachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Makayla Cares about Others
By Virginia Kroll, Nancy Cote
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2007 Virginia Kroll
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Makayla was good with her hands. Whenever something broke, she was ready to mend it. So Grandpa gave her a toolbox that she took wherever she went.
She glued Aunt Karen's broken clay turtle.
She hammered Mr. Bell's bird feeder back into place and clipped the broken branch off Miss Barbati's blueberry bush.
She even measured baby blankets for the Nicotera twins to see how much fabric Mom would need to finish them.
One summer Monday morning, Makayla was walking to Grandpa's when she noticed her next-door neighbor starting a new flower bed. "Hi, Mrs. MacFee," Makayla called. She saw Mrs. MacFee swipe at some tears.
"What's wrong?" Makayla asked.
"Furgus died over the weekend while you and your family were away at your aunt and uncle's," said Mrs. MacFee. She heaved a huge sigh. "I'm planting a memory garden in his honor."
"Oh, no!" Makayla cried. She had loved the smoky-gray cat that had found his way onto Mrs. MacFee's porch during a thick fog sixteen years ago. That was eight whole years before Makayla was even born.
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When faced with unpleasant tasks, what do you do? Makayla overcomes her fear of bugs to help the people who mean so much to her. This book opens the discussion about sometimes having to do 'the hard stuff' in the name of caring.