________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 26 . . . . March 12, 2010

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The Weber Street Wonder Work Crew.

Maxwell Newhouse.
Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2010.
24 pp., hardcover, $19.99.
ISBN 978-0-88776-913-9.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 4-7.

Review by Linda Ludke.

*** ½ /4

excerpt:

We're the Weber Street Wonder Work Crew and we can make a difference! Together we can earn money, have fun, and make our neighborhood shine. Sylvia's got a green thumb. She helps Mr. Flannigan in his garden. His roses make Weber Street beautiful.

 

The kids who live on Weber Street are an industrious bunch. They use their interests and talents to help their neighbours. The crew pitches in wherever needed, from dog-walking to window-washing. Each double-page spread showcases a different child and her/his contributions: "Ava's our computer whiz. She helps Mrs. Cline keep up with all her friends online … Ross and Rob are responsible for gathering up mail and flyers and newspapers while the Hendersons are on vacation." This close-knit community also celebrates together, and the book ends with a street party.

     Maxwell Newhouse's folk art illustrations show aerial views of the tree-lined streets. The residents live in tidy blue bungalows with picket fences, three-storey apartment buildings and big brick homes. The text often appears on an angle, running along the path of the sidewalks.

     This book exudes a unifying sense of community pride. Kids of diverse backgrounds and abilities are shown making a positive impact both in helping the environment and in helping their neighbours.

     The Weber Street Wonder Work Crew is a terrific book to share on Earth Day. Children studying community helpers in school may also reflect upon the contributions they can make as individuals.

Highly Recommended.

Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.

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