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The world is a better place Because of You – Making a Difference

Posted on February 21st, 2011 by Carolyn Hart

Storytime Standouts reviews a picture book about social responsibility and making a difference Because of You Because of You – written by B.G. Hennessy and illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

From the moment we arrive on earth, each of us has the potential to change the world by loving, sharing, listening and helping others. Lively illustrations and an important and timely message encourage each of us to consider making a difference and how we contribute to the world around us.

“When people from different countries help, care, share, and listen ton one another it is called peace. Even something as big and important as peace begins with something small and precious. It might begin… because of you.”

Because of You would make a cherished gift for new parents or your favourite preschooler.

Suitable for children ages 2 and up

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Leon’s Song by Stephanie Simpson McClellan – Giving Voice to a Dream

Posted on February 18th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart

Leon's Song by Stephanie Simpson McClellan reviewed by Storytime StandoutsLeon’s Song – written by Stephanie Simpson McClellan and illustrated by Dianna Bonder
“If you saw Leon dozing in the sun, you might think age had made him all quiet and peaceful inside. You might think he was content to spend his day resting and remembering. But you’d be wrong…As old as Leon was, his heart was young with yearning.”

Leon is an old frog who dreams of doing something important. Although he lacks beauty, power and physical strength, Leon wishes most for a beautiful singing voice. When a dark, threatening shadow appears in the pond, Leon’s world is about to change. Fortunately his special talent is unveiled and the pond is profoundly transformed. A beautifully illustrated, thoughtful tale.

I share Leon’s Song with children every summer. I use it as part of a frog theme in a kindergarten program but the story goes well beyond frogs and pond life. It is a joyous celebration of self acceptance, finding one’s voice and making a difference.

Best suited to children ages 5 to 8

Stephanie Simpson McClellan’s Ponds in Winter K-4 Teaching Unit

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