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Children's LiteratureAn unnamed girl narrates this lecture about taking care of belongings and respecting the environment. The girl and her family are lovingly illustrated; Johnson has taken particular care to represent this African-American family realistically with a variety of skins tones. Other children in the book are shown with different racial backgrounds as well as one child depicted in a wheelchair. There is little literary value in this book, the theme is didactic, and most likely, boring to children. The topic jumps from putting away toys to caring for the environment and recycling to respecting others' possessions with little cohesiveness. The last pages of the book are directed at parents and teachers, giving ideas for activities to teach the concepts outlined in the book. While this may be helpful to parents, only the most novice of teachers will not be familiar with these ideas. 2004, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 2 to 6.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo