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Build a Better World!





The curious garden [sound recording audiobook CD] / Peter Brown.
Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

The great kapok tree : a tale of the Amazon rain forest / by Lynne Cherry.
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rain forest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.

Plant a little seed / Bonnie Christensen.
Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait, and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals.

I can help / David Hyde Costello.
When a duck gets lost and a monkey helps him find his way, it starts a chain reaction in which all the young animals help each other solve their problems.

Dig, dogs, dig : a construction tail
Top dog Duke leads a busy work crew to a new construction site. All sorts of dogs have plenty to do before the day is out. These clever dogs will dig, haul, push, plow, and even bring in a crane to build a new park. But what happens when they find something unexpected buried deep in the ground?

Percy's neighborhood / Stuart J. Murphy.
Percy learns about his neighborhood and its community helpers as he and his father hand out posters.

If you plant a seed / words and paintings by Kadir Nelson.
While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

Good morning, Digger / by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg.
Digger, Dump Truck, Cement Mixer, and their friends each do their part to build a community center.

Horton hears a Who! / by Dr. Seuss.
A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton's friends that Whos really exist.

The Lorax / by Dr. Seuss.
The story of the greedy Once-ler, who ignores the Lorax's warnings and chops down all the Truffula trees, causing a local pollution problem.



Show me community helpers : my first picture encyclopedia / by Clint Edwards.
Y 331.7 EDW
Defines through text and photos core terms related to community helpers

Community helpers from A to Z / Bobbie Kalman.
Y 331.7 KAL
 An alphabet book introducing occupations oriented to the community, including emergency workers, medical workers, the service industry, and business.

Look where we live! : a first book of community building / Scot Ritchie.
Y 331.7 RIT
 In this book, five young friends --Nick, Yulee, Pedro, Sally and Martin --spend the day traveling around their neighborhood and participating in activities designed to raise money for their local library. Along the way, they learn about the people and places that make up their community and what it means to be a part of one.

Ready set grow!. / New York : DK Pub., [2010]
Y 635 REA
Features more than thirty gardening projects and provides step-by-step instructions on aspects from seeding and propagating to pest control and harvesting.

People who help in my neighborhood / by Janet Preus ; illustrated by Charlotte Cooke & Dan Crisp.
Y 782.42 PRE
"Introduce learners to some of the different roles community members play in their neighborhood through fun lyrics and positive illustrations"--Publisher's description.

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