For Kids

Fly Away Home, by Eve Bunting (New York: Clarion Books, 1991). The plight of a homeless boy and his father is told in this poignant tale. The only home that Andrew and his dad have is an airport, and as Andrew's dad says,"It's warm. It's safe.And the price is right."Ages 4 to 8.

Tight Times, by Barbara Shook Hazen (New York: Puffin, 1983).A poignant tale about a boy who more than anything else wants a dog but is not allowed to get one because of "tight times."The book portrays the deep love the family feels for one another even though times are tough and Dad loses his job. Ages 4 to 9.

The Giver, by Lois Lowry (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1994). In a world without poverty or inequity, Jonas has an experience that questions every value we take for granted.This is wonderful! Ages 9 to 15.

The Marzipan Pig (Family Home Video, 1991). Adapted from the wonderful book by Russell Hoban, here are thirty moving minutes that sensitize kids to feelings (especially loneliness and kindness). A wonderful video for the family to savor.

Places in the Heart (CBS/Fox Video, 1984).This film features Sally Field in an Oscar-winning role as a young widow determined to survive as a cotton farmer during the Depression.Virtues include compassion, self-reliance, perseverance, and self-control.

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