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If I Had a Hammer: Stories of Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Technology and faith are the subjects in this hands-on account of Habitat for Humanity, the organization that helps create safe, decent housing for those in need in the U.S. and across the globe. Starting with his eloquent foreword, former President Jimmy Carter talks throughout the book about how, inspired by his Christian faith, he is committed to Habitat’s work ethic, which stipulates that the poor are not given a handout but a handup. As part of the program, rich and poor people build homes together, and volunteers cover their own costs. The book’s open design, with clear type on thick, quality paper, includes many color photos of people living in poverty, from Durban, South Africa, to Berea, Kentucky. Also included are close-up images of volunteers and residents installing roofs, painting windows, and completing new homes. The text’s details about the essentials of providing shelter, fresh water, electricity, and effective sewage systems for all combine into a powerful message that will inspire many readers, including adults. Grades 6-12. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"You have it in your power to ease suffering. Do it. You will be surprised how happy it makes you."
Ann Curry, NBC News — Quote

"This is an inspiring book, telling how ideas starting on a little farm in Georgia have grown to a worldwide movement bringing people together. How? Read it."
Pete Seeger, American folk singer and co-writer of the song, "If I Had a Hammer." — Quote


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781441889164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441889164
  • ASIN: 1441889167
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,543,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm a great believer in the work of Habitat for Humanity, have actually worked as a volunteer on one of their projects in Honduras, so bought this book for my 10-year-old granddaughter upon the recommendation of the Habitat folks themselves. It had been described as a book that would have interest for 9-12 year-olds, and would have "a story line that would be interesting to 10-year-olds." What I found, however, was mostly a rehashing of the kind of publicity writing that appears routinely in the literature that Habitat sends out every now and then, with a mostly adult-level vocabulary, and no noticeable story line, though I must admit I lost interest before reading the whole book. It's a great idea, but they will have to do better to keep the interest of any 10-year-old that I know.
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Format: Hardcover
As a devoted supporter of Habitat for Humanity and the writer David Rubel, I was very much looking forward to If I Had A Hammer--and neither disappointed. What an enjoyable and insightful read! Rubel not only artfully weaves the history of this magnificent organization together in an easy-to-follow way, but he also captures the spirit and joy of the program. It is an inspiring story, and one that children and adults will appreciate. In these challenging economic times, If I Had a Hammer will remind you of all the potential out there if we share our talents.
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Format: Paperback
A few years ago, one of my radio show guests was a representative from Habitat for Humanity . . . I was impressed by both what he had to say and the organization and now am even more so after reading IF I HAD A HAMMER (see also Section 11) by David Rubel.

This it seems the book was originally written for younger readers, I think it can be enjoyed by individuals of any age . . . what I found particularly interesting was the fact that Habitat for Humanity does much good for the entire world--and not just this country.

In addition, I was touched by the experiences of both the volunteers and those who had homes built--such as this one:

* Sherwood and Marsha's experience illustrates a point that Danielle Weir makes about interacting with people in need. "Something I learned when I was young and have relearned in my nonprofit work is the importance of inviting the poor to a sense of dignity," Danielle says. "Habitat does that by inviting people to participate in the building of their own home. It'd certainly be easier to have professional builders do all the work and not get involved with homeowners and volunteers, but Habitat is about more than just the physical outcome. It's about the process, and part of that process is creating dignity in the lives of the partner families. Another part is having everyday people come out to help. All of it is connected."

I also liked how the author shared some of the background that led to the success of Habitat for Humanity:

* Fuller's first move after the conference was to open a headquarters for Habitat in the back room of his new law office in Americus.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a compelling, affectionate, and easy-to-read introduction to Habitat for Humanity, the US-grown international organization that should be an inspiration to everyone -- and should be known about by every child and teen. The first chapter tells the interesting story of the creation of Habitat, from the early efforts of Millard and Linda Fuller and Clarence Jordan to the momentous involvement of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Then chapters 2 through 6 describe the practical working of Habitat mainly through anecdotes featuring children and teens: why some families need houses and how they are selected by Habitat (chapter 2); why Habitat houses are designed the way they are (for community integration) (chapter 3); why Habitat attracts the volunteers it does (chapter 4); how Habitat houses are built (chapter 5); the benefits of Habitat service for volunteers (chapter 6); how Habitat addresses even such basic needs as those for water and sanitation (chapter 7); and how the Habitat ethos of service might even help to heal social conflict within communities (chapter 8). Please give this stirring book -- to children, libraries, and schools -- to help create the next generation of Habitat volunteers.
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