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"This activity book for children can be the beginning of a child's discovery of the joy of giving." -- Frances Hesselbein, Chairman of Leader to Leader Institute, Former CEO Girl Scouts of the USA.

"The Giving Book is in itself a gift to all of us who seek a greater level of philanthropy in our world. It is a wonderful, engaging tool for parents and others who want to instill in our children a strong sense of giving. It provides children an opportunity to use their own skills and ideas in creating a better life for someone besides themselves -- building higher self esteem and a belief that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. My deepest appreciation goes to Ms. Sabin for her contribution to our children and our future!" -- Shay Bilchik, President/CEO, Child Welfare League of America

"The greatest gift we can give our children is a tender heart and one full of compassion for others. Giving is a joy. This book takes an old concept and involves the children in the giving process, teaching them firsthand the benefits to giving." -- Editor, Wee Ones Magazine

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This book belong in the hands of every child. The message is relevant. Families, gift-givers, communities and schools have an opportunity to send an inspiring message and teach a beautiful lesson at the same time-- about the joys of giving.

This book is one in a refreshing and unique series by author, Ellen Sabin. Her other books include: The Hero Book: Learning Lessons From the People You Admire; The Healing Book: Facing the Death, and Celebrating the Life, of Someone You Love, and The Autism Acceptance Book; The Healthy Body Book: Caring for the Coolest Machine You'll Ever Own; The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth; The Nickels, Dimes, and Dollars Book: A Wise Kid's Guide to Money Matters, and more! You can find FREE teacher's and parents guide's to use with this series available at Watering Can Press.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Spiral-bound: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Watering Can; 1st edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975986805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975986806
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Newman on January 17, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
A richly realized, illustrative interactive framework for giving young people a fuller, wider perspective on the world in which they live and how to contribute-- in both big ways and small-- to making it a better place. A refreshing change from standard children's fare, both in terms of the lessons taught and the manner in which they are presented-- in an open, honest manner which gives young people respect and credit as thoughtful, active participants, even as it teaches. An ideal gift that encourages its readers to keep on giving.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Weller on November 23, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
"The Giving Book" has touched me very deeply and is the perfect gift for every child. It is colorful, engaging and such a wonderful way for children to learn the personal rewards of giving to others and to the Earth. I have purchased copies for each special child in my life and I will have such joy giving them this wonderful book. It is a keepsake they can carry into their future and share with the people in their lives. Ms. Sabin has produced a magical book and it is a warm and loving personal adventure for each lucky reader.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Traci Larson on December 26, 2004
Format: Spiral-bound
This is a great way to help your child explore the world and have an opportunity to make an impact on it. The way the book walks a child through self-discovery and on to efficacy is really powerful. Even the youngest children can enjoy thinking about how they can help others and you can create memories with an important child in your life. If all children read The Giving Book and were encouraged to live their lives with compassion and kindness we would all benefit a great deal. Well worth the small investment. I bought it for my son, my nieces, my nephews, and donated several more copies to a pediatrics practice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Bradley on January 17, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is a wonderful interactive tool for introducing children to themes of social challenge, charity and giving. The book guides children through exercises that will spark their interest and creativity, and teach them of the value of even the smallest actions in improving our world. The Giving Book is a must-have for any parent or teacher seeking to instill these values in a fun and whimsical format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Muller on October 29, 2007
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The Giving Book truly has the potential of opening up your or any other child's door to a lifetime of joyous, selfless giving. The book can be used as a fun, interactive workbook to help gently teach your child the most valuable lessons in life - those of Caring, Compassion and Giving to one another and to the earth. If there is to be a "New Age" on earth it will only happen if people start caring for and helping each other. This book is an excellent start for your child!

For the Mom and Dad, I highly recommend The Golden Rule Workbook: A Manual for the New Millennium (available in eBook also) which is far more comprehensive in it's teachings and self-help techniques to really help you tackle the hard stuff, thus becoming a more loving, selfless parent who can teach their children and all others, by example, the great importance of caring, kindness and compassion.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Z Johnson on March 6, 2005
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Ms. Sabin's book succeeds in engaging the young person in significant and personally rewarding steps that show each child they can be a force in this world and make change happen for the good. The personalization and "ownership" of the child's charitable efforts that The Giving Book provides makes this realization a lasting one. If the child looks at their Giving Book after a few years, this "ownership" comes back to encourage and reward the child for continuing.

Parents can appreciate the focal point and regrounding the Giving Book provides. Sometimes it is difficult to encourage a child to think of charitable works when surrounded by 24/7 news of "tragedies and misfortunes". The Giving Book is gentle and firm support for the good impluses and desires of the child to make a difference in the world and to be happy about it. Even when (shudder) a parent doesn't have the time to attend to each step of their good works, they can record them and share them later.

Ms. Sabin has given a gift to us all, and hopefully her good deed and those of the many "owners" of her book will multiply over the years. I heartily recommend this book for your child or as a gift to children's groups (scouts, clubs, church youth programs) to inspire and reward the best in our kids.
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