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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.
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Flip Side Stories
Flip Side Stories
Just Because is the first in a series called Flip Side Stories. They share two points of view of the same situation. They teach children to see different points of view while encouraging empathy and compassion for others.
I paused a moment on the stair
And heard my mom and dad:
"To throw away is such a shame
for wasting is so sad."
What a cute idea to make one small book represent both the family who could afford to donate their extra things as well as the family who needed the things. In "Just Because", Amber Housey provides two stories that reflect how seeing another point of view can make a better you. In the first story, a family goes through their children’s toys and clothes and donates them to a Thrift store. In the second story, a family visits the Thrift store to buy toys and shoes that were donated. Each set of parents instills in their children values and an understanding that no matter which side of the fence you are on, among the haves or the have-nots, you can make a difference in the lives of others.
The illustrations are bright and colorful, which will attract young readers. The story line will give families an opportunity to open up some conversations about why some people have more than others, why being generous and donating items or helping others is important, and other life lessons. Planting the seeds of charity, giving, sharing, and responsibility in young children will help them become better adults and better citizens and this book does a good job of planting those seeds in young minds in a way they will understand and enjoy.
Perhaps even the parents reading this book with their children will be inspired to see what they can do as a family to make the world a better place and how to give back to the community.
Why making an impact is a gift to our children.
"This book (Just Because) gives kids an opportunity to see how they can make an impact in their world. Helping our children find purpose and meaning in life is one of the greatest gifts we can give to them. Amber Housey's story shows that no matter where you are in life, you can make a difference in someone else's life, and doing it just because is a part of living a meaningful life. This is a book that we can use in the Girls and Boys Empowered programs to teach kids to see that how they treat others says everything about who they are as a person."
-Kimber Bishop-Yanke, Founder, Girls and Boys Empowered
An amazing book for all!
"As an elementary school principal I feel this book would be a great addition to every classroom library. Teaching children to give to their community is essential if we want to develop a caring and loving world. Just Because helps children to learn how they can have a positive influence on those around them."
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