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12 Children’s Picture Books About Sharing

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the first lessons we’re taught as young children is about the importance of sharing. Yet examine our actions as adults—the ways we treat each other, nonhuman animals, and the earth—and it may seem… More

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The Man in the Clouds

by Koos Meinderts and Annette Fienieg

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources

Every day, the “man in the clouds,” who lives at the top of a mountain, sits and looks at a painting: “… a landscape so beautiful, so marvelously empty … this is what it must… More

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Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

by Steven Kroll

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources

When the neighborhood has a tag sale, Pinch the pack rat doesn’t want to give up any of his stuff. But when he sees how much money he can make from selling his stuff (and… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: Blanket Fort Party Helps Kids Confront Homelessness

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 6, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) Parents are increasingly looking for ideas… More

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14 Children’s Picture Books About Homelessness

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on November 11, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

People and animals without homes surround us year-round, but their presence seems more palpable in the winter months. As rates of poverty and homelessness grow, so do children’s questions about those who don’t have a… More

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December

by Eve Bunting

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Resources

Simon and his mom live in the tiny cardboard house they’ve built for themselves. On Christmas Eve they don’t have much, but it’s more than the woman who comes knocking on their door has. Does… More

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The Can Man

by Laura E. Williams

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Resources

Tim’s family doesn’t have a lot of money, but he really wants a skateboard for his birthday. When he sees Mr. Peters, “The Can Man”, who is homeless, collecting cans, Tim gets the idea to… More

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Shoebox Sam

by Mary Brigid Barrett

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 24, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Humane Living, Resources

Delia and Jessie spend Saturdays with Shoebox Sam, who teaches them about making old shoes new again and helping those in need. More

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A New Kind of Gift Giving and Getting: So Kind Gift Registry

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 24, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Several years ago my husband and I were struggling with the clash between wanting to live a simpler, more humane life, and the issue of getting and giving gifts. After much contemplation, we decided we… More