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"In Williams's (The Best Winds) poignant story, Tim wants a skateboard badly, but money is tight. Watching a homeless man everyone calls the Can Man (except Tim's parents, who remember when he used to live in their building and still call him by name) collect cans to redeem for cash, Tim decides to do the same to bankroll his skateboard. As he encroaches on the man's turf, Tim suppresses flashes of guilt — especially when the man says he hopes to buy a new coat 'before the snow starts flying.' After the Can Man offers his shopping cart to help Tim transport his cans to the redemption center, the boy hands him the money he's made. In an emotional final scene, Tim receives a skateboard that the Can Man has refurbished and personalized for him. Orback's (Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi) realistic oil paintings on canvas bring the tale's urban setting into clear focus in warmly lit scenes that illuminate the characters' feelings — notably Tim's unease and his beneficiary's gratitude — and readily transmit the weighty themes at work. Ages 5 — 10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

To earn money, a young boy decides to collect and redeem empty soft drink cans, but ends up giving away his money to help a local homeless man. Illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781600602665
Author:
Williams, Laura E.
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books
Illustrator:
Orback, Craig
Subject:
Homeless persons
Subject:
Charity
Subject:
Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Social Issues - Values
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Homelessness and Poverty
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.44x10.61x.41 in. .98 lbs.
Age Level:
05-10

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Product details 40 pages Lee & Low Books - English 9781600602665 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Williams's (The Best Winds) poignant story, Tim wants a skateboard badly, but money is tight. Watching a homeless man everyone calls the Can Man (except Tim's parents, who remember when he used to live in their building and still call him by name) collect cans to redeem for cash, Tim decides to do the same to bankroll his skateboard. As he encroaches on the man's turf, Tim suppresses flashes of guilt — especially when the man says he hopes to buy a new coat 'before the snow starts flying.' After the Can Man offers his shopping cart to help Tim transport his cans to the redemption center, the boy hands him the money he's made. In an emotional final scene, Tim receives a skateboard that the Can Man has refurbished and personalized for him. Orback's (Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi) realistic oil paintings on canvas bring the tale's urban setting into clear focus in warmly lit scenes that illuminate the characters' feelings — notably Tim's unease and his beneficiary's gratitude — and readily transmit the weighty themes at work. Ages 5 — 10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , To earn money, a young boy decides to collect and redeem empty soft drink cans, but ends up giving away his money to help a local homeless man. Illustrations.
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