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The can man

by Williams, Laura E.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books j FICTION Williams
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Picture Books
Call Number  j FICTION Williams
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j FICTION Williams
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j FICTION Williams
Community Library of Castle Shannon Picture Book Picture Book Williams
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Collection  Picture Book
Call Number  Picture Book Williams
To earn money, a young boy decides to collect and redeem empty soft drink cans, but ends up giving away his money to help a local homeless man.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Tim's parents remember when the homeless man who pokes through the garbage on their street used to live in their apartment building before he lost his job. Now, he collects cans and sells them for five cents each. Tim wants a skateboard for his birthday, but Dad says that they can't afford it, so Tim decides to earn the money himself by collecting cans, just like the Can Man does. Tim works hard, and soon he has several bags filled with cans, but as he walks the streets, he notices that the Can Man has no coat. After Tim trades in his collectables at the redemption center, he decides to give his earnings to the Can Man, who returns Tim's generosity with a surprise. The characters feel a bit too perfect here, but the spare dialogue rings true, and the full-page oil paintings have a quiet realism reminiscent of Edward Hopper in scenes of Tim's close multiracial family indoors and the Can Man alone outside. A humanizing story that reaches beyond easy messages.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Williams's (The Best Winds) poignant story, Tim wants a skateboard badly, but money is tight. Watching a homeless man everyone calls the Can Man (except Tim's parents, who remember when he used to live in their building and still call him by name) collect cans to redeem for cash, Tim decides to do the same to bankroll his skateboard. As he encroaches on the man's turf, Tim suppresses flashes of guilt-especially when the man says he hopes to buy a new coat "before the snow starts flying." After the Can Man offers his shopping cart to help Tim transport his cans to the redemption center, the boy hands him the money he's made. In an emotional final scene, Tim receives a skateboard that the Can Man has refurbished and personalized for him. Orback's (Hot Pursuit: Murder in Mississippi) realistic oil paintings on canvas bring the tale's urban setting into clear focus in warmly lit scenes that illuminate the characters' feelings-notably Tim's unease and his beneficiary's gratitude-and readily transmit the weighty themes at work. Ages 5-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Homeless persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Charity -- Juvenile fiction.
Generosity -- Juvenile fiction.
Homeless persons -- Fiction.
Charity -- Fiction.
Generosity -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Lee & Low Books,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Orback, Craig.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 27 cm
ISBN 9781600602665 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1600602665 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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