Friday, April 3, 2009

Lily and the Paper Man by Rebecca Upjohn

I often read aloud to the children in my neighborhood during the summer months because the library cancels story time. We do all sorts of activities and have a wonderful time, usually culminating in a big water party on the last day. I felt last year that we needed to do something more. I challenged the children to save their pennies and donate them. We would be making school kits to donate to other children. By the end of summer we had collected enough money to make 35 school kits. I read the children stories about others who had served. This story is about a girl who is afraid of a homeless man until she starts noticing how cold he is. She asks her mother if she can use her money to buy gloves for the man and then they go through their closets to find items he could use to stay warm. Lily eventually gives the man warmth that cannot be measured as she places the special baby blanket her grandma gave her around his shoulders.

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