by Katie Smith-Milway. Illustrated by Eugenia Fernandes
Based on true events, Kojo, a small boy in Ghana, receives a teeny tiny loan, just enough to buy one hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings, he can return to school (when his father died, he had to leave to work). Soon Kojo’s farm thrives, and he is able to give a teeny tiny loan to a small boy to buy one hen. Smith-Milway and award-winning illustrator, Fernandes, enthrall kids and parents with the transformation potential of microfinance. It’s a hot topic; the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to 2006 Muhammad Yunus, a Bangledeshi economist who pioneered microloan banking, a lending system for people in developing countries who have no collateral and no access to conventional banking.
An inspiration for children and a wondrous tool for parents to share values: School is a privilege! A little generosity makes a big difference. Hard work counts…
One Hen has built quite a following: teachers developed curriculum, a web designer donated a site with games…and Opportunity International loans real money to a poor entrepreneur when kids donate their winnings.
by Ellen Sabin, Illustrated by Kerren Barbas
Heroes come in all different shapes, sizes, ages, colors, and places. (Top secret: Mom and Dad could be one too!) The real question isn't "who" is a hero. It's "why" is she one? "What" makes him admirable? Through this engaging activity book, kids think deeply about what they admire in others...and then what qualities they would like others to see in them. A look at people more than skin deep and an easy way to help your children choose friends wisely.
by Al Seckel
Prepare to be amazed! Inside the covers of this incredible, colorful collection are hundreds of the world’s most powerful optical illusions. They’re beautiful to behold, and stunning in their trickery. Some of the mind-boggling images seem to spring into action, other ambiguous illusions feature several subjects in one, and others still could not exist off the page. 369 pages, most of them illustrations. Kids entertain themselves on their own with this wonder-filled book.
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