Books about Generosity/Giving/Compassion

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  1. Mrs N

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    We are looking for books about generosity/giving/compassion for first graders. Some of our ideas were Night Tree by Eve Bunting and Trees of Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco. Any other good ones?
     
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    Have you tried The Giving Tree by Silverstein? My kids loved it!
     
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    I also suggest The Giving Tree.
     
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    I really hate The Giving Tree. It teaches kids to be selfish and to use up all of nature until it's gone. Yes, the tree is generous, but the little boy is selfish and bratty.
     
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    I thought I was the only one who didn't like the giving tree.:blush:

    Wanda's Roses
    Nutmeg and Barley
    Lily and the Paper Man
     
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    The Woman Who Outshone the Sun. I can't think of the author, but it's one of my favorite stories. It's based on a Native Mexican folktale and its about compassion and acceptance.
     
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    The Legend of Blue Bonnet by Tomie De Paolo. A little girl makes a sacrifice of her most beloved possession to save her people. (might be on the harder side for first graders)
    A Chair for My Mama
     
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    Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud-Not really a "story" but more of a character-building guide. I came across it on this web site and really enjoy using it in my classroom. The kids get their "buckets" filled. You can google it to get ideas.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions- we were leaning away from The Giving Tree and trying to find more diverse books. I have the Have You Filled a Bucket Today and the companion book- I didn't even think of using that one. I will check out your suggestions on Amazon.
     
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    A good book about global giving is Beatrice's goat. It is a story that outlines the efforts of Heifer International. They give livestock to families in Africa (This book takes place in Uganda).

    Beatrice's family recieves a goat and in this way they are able to sell goat's milk for money and Beatrice is able to earn enough money to attend school.

    Its a very nice story and is based on an organization involved in global giving.
     
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    I was going to suggest Legend of the Blue Bonnet as well. I think first graders would understand it fairly well. They all know how hard it is to part with a favorite toy or security item.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, everybody

    I'm going to consider some of these books for my students. This is a great time of the year to try to get the kiddos thinking about more than receiving gifts.
     
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    Oh, I had forgotten A Chair for my Mother. I love that book!

    I also like Boxes for Katje and the Quiltmaker's Gift. They are wonderful for talking about giving and generosity!
     
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    It's not a book idea, but how about you have students find articles about how people are giving back to their communities or helping out in some way. I think it's really important that students see real life examples of community service, compassion, etc so they don't just think this stuff happens in books :)
     

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