Saturday, December 8, 2012
Just Because by Amber Housey
Mom's Choice Gold Award and Creative Child Magazine Book of Year for Family Values! What is the value of sharing, taking action, and seeing another person's point of view? Meet two families who feel it's their responsibility to give back to others. Through delightful and whimsical illustrations, Just Because shows us how easy it is to give back to our community and to see things from a different perspective.
The idea of a flip side story is very interesting and appealing to me. In a flip side story, the reader gets both perspectives. They always say there are two sides to every story and now you can see all of them. In Just Because, the first perspective the reader gets is a family taking clothes to a donation center for people who don’t have clothes. It teaches children not to be greedy. If there are things that you don’t use another family might need them and not be able to afford them. It also teaches about how giving to others can make you feel good inside. The second perspective is about the family that needs the clothes. I felt bad for this family just by looking at them. They had holes in their socks and shoes. However, they learned an important lesson about giving and donating. Even if they do something that they think is small, like volunteering at a homeless shelter, it can make a big impact on someone’s life. This is a great book for parents to read to their children and discuss it afterwards. What can children do to help others? As the book shows, even the smallest child can do something to help. I recommend this book for children 3 and older.
I give Just Because: 5/5.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.