Ready to know the next book choice?! This is our third month and I’m excited to announce the new book choice: Almost Home.
I learned about this book from my kids. They got it at school and told me about it and I instantly wanted to read it with them.
About This Month’s Book
The Amazon book description: “When twelve-year-old Sugar’s grandfather dies and her gambling father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren’t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar’s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can’t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds.”
What I like about it –
My kids have led a pretty cushy life, and I should know because we’ve worked hard to give them this life. Even though this is a fiction, I think it is good for them to read about what some people could experience growing up. It teaches perspective to their own problems and invite empathy for the struggles others go through.
Activity Ideas for Almost Home
This activity idea came about very organically because Matt has been working at a new job for the past few months in downtown Dallas. As he walks to his car or around the city, he crosses a lot of homeless people. He told us that one day he was holding a water bottle for himself, but when he crossed by a homeless person, he felt like he should give the man his water even though they weren’t begging or asking for handouts. The next day, the man started combing his hair as he saw Matt approaching and greeted Matt. Matt said he felt bad he didn’t think to bring another water bottle.
My girls and I right away were thinking – we wanted to help him help the homeless people he comes across. And to make it official and make it happen, I decided to do something for our Book Club Activity.
We decorated brown bags (with crayons) and packed some snacks in there. We just used the stuff from the pantry we already had – water bottles, granola bars, and little bags of chips.
You may not be able to help everyone, but help the people you can!
Have you or your kids read Almost Home yet? We definitely recommend!
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