Makayla Cares about Others

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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.

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nicole Peterson
Caring for other people is an important principle for children to learn and understand. The story in this picture book is about an eight-year-old girl who is afraid of bugs, but despite her anxiety, decides to help a grieving neighbor to plant a flower garden. The book does a good job of explaining in terms that children will understand the importance of helping other people. The examples that are used in the book are all things that young children can start to do. This book comes from "The Way I Act" books that are designed to teach principles of character to young children. The cover does not jump out as a book that will grab the attention of a child, however, the story inside is well worth reading. The illustrations are simple, to match the story line, and young children will enjoy reading the story and learning what they can do to help others.
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Gr 1–3
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.

Kirkus Reviews
Though the message is what matters most in this series from-how we best ought to carry ourselves (honesty, responsibility, respect and forgiveness being some of the topics covered)-all the good intentions would fall flat without an appealing storyline. Fortunately, Kroll takes the barebones message about doing things for others even when you don't have to, even when it is hard to, and drapes it on the sympathetic shoulders of Makayla. Makayla likes to fix things: a broken branch, a cracked tchotchke, things young readers could fix as well. But to mend a neighbor's heart-her old cat just died-Makayla will have to overcome a dread of bugs to help plant a memorial garden. Her fuel is personal gumption, a sense of caring and some advice from Grandpa. Cote's sunny colors add the right touches for a story that feels just right. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807549452
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: The Way I Act Books
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,007,635
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Makayla Cares about Others

By Virginia Kroll, Nancy Cote


Copyright © 2007 Virginia Kroll
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-4945-2


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.


Excerpted from Makayla Cares about Others by Virginia Kroll, Nancy Cote. Copyright © 2007 Virginia Kroll. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    doing the hard stuff

    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.

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