This is a picture book for kids about poverty. It is by Dr. Jillian Roberts, a psychologist who has been working with children for over twenty years as a school teacher.
It can be very hard to talk to kids about poverty. Yet, poverty is all around us. And what is even scarier, no one is exempt from being poor. Most people are a few paychecks from being on the street. There is no job security any more.
There are many reasons why people live on the street. Some people are poor, others become poor after a while because they develop mental illnesses. Others still lose their jobs and have to live on the street.
Further, there are many kinds of poverty. Some people have a roof over their heads yet they cannot a lot of food. Some can’t afford clothes. Some don’t have access to education and medical care because they can’t afford it.
Also, some kids are homeless. These are kids from troubled homes where they don’t feel safe to be with their parents because of abuse or drug addiction.
Because of the rampant problems with poverty, we may think we can’t do much about it. But this isn’t the case. Each of us can do something, regardless of how small. One of the important things we can do is to care. Practice random acts of kindness, support refugee efforts, celebrate diversity in your community, drop unused toys you no longer need to fire halls, and so on.
The message in this book is strong. We can all fight poverty in our communities by helping people that we have direct and indirect access in our community.