When a big snowstorm hits and the town loses their electricity, Sarah is upset that she cannot play her new computer game. She becomes even more disappointed when her mother tells her that the sandwiches are only for the neighbors who are outside shoveling and picking up broken tree branches. While Sarah is pouting she looks out the window and notices her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Warren, sitting alone in her house. Sarah tries to occupy herself but her thoughts keep returning to Mrs. Warren. Suddenly, Sarah realizes what it means to be a good citizen. All of the neighbors are busy helping each other and she could help others, too! Sarah visited with Mrs. Warren and afterwards, happily helped the other neighbors by shoveling. The storyline in this colorful picture book is easy to follow and young children who initially identify with Sarah will certainly learn from her positive experience. This book is part of "The Way I Act" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This title is part of a series created to provide a forum for discussion on ways that children can develop character. Sarah discovers that being a good citizen involves more than just not breaking any laws; it also applies to her day-to-day life. When a severe snowstorm hits her community, she does her part by checking on an elderly friend, shoveling and clearing branches, and assisting neighbors in other ways. Although she does not have time to play her new computer game, she learns how rewarding it can be to help those in need. This seemingly simple story can be used to initiate discussions on how youngsters have been helpful or could be good citizens in their own homes, neighborhoods, and schools. Filled with bright indoor and outdoor scenes, the artwork adds detail and keeps the tone light. Libraries with a need for updated materials that speak to responsible behavior should consider purchasing this book. Judy ChichinskiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.