The holidays have passed, we've given thanks for our many blessings and we've set our goals and aspirations for the new year. But we sometimes need to be reminded to think beyond ourselves and celebrate the simple act of kindness. The Can Man by Laura E. Williams is the perfect story to share with young readers to remind them what's important.
Tim's birthday is near and he wants a skateboard more than anything. So to save the extra money he needs, he decides to collect cans, just like 'the can man' who wanders up and down Tim's street. Tim realizes how hard it is to collect cans, and when he actually has a chance to talk to Joe Peters, he finds out what the Can Man's been saving up for--a new coat before the snow starts flying. Just as Tim redeems his cans and small flakes of snow sprinkle down from the sky, he learns that the Can Man probably needs it more than he does.
This is a touching story that reminds young readers about the importance of giving and how a good deed does not go forgotten. At a time when many are down on their luck, this is a warm reminder about caring and compassion. A wonderful book to teach children about homelessness.
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (April 30, 2010)
Source of review copy: Publisher