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The Weber Street Wonder Work Crew

How does one instill community pride in children? Just introduce yourselves to the productive and helpful young people living on Weber Street. These individuals use their unique talents to assist their neighbours, and maybe even earn a bit of money in the process. Dog enthusiast Max is the most popular dogwalker in town. Sylvia, sporting a green thumb, assists Mr. Flannigan with his garden. Mrs. Cline is encouraged with her online correspondence by computer whiz Ava. There is also a window washer, a babysitter, mail collectors and garbage recyclers. It is obvious that each youngster contributes to the cleanliness, beauty and safety of Weber Street and to the well-being of the residents. The story ends with a street party... a celebration of neighbourliness in the truest sense of the word.

Author-illustrator Maxwell Newhouse’s text is short and simple, yet makes its point. There are positive and lasting results when different generations of diverse backgrounds support each other.

Newhouse’s folk-like oil illustrations depict Weber Street from a variety of viewpoints. Readers will observe the assorted living accommodations and streetscapes in the double-page artwork. How neat and green everything is! Would the neighbourhood look this inviting and would the residents be so content if it weren’t for the teamwork between young and old?

This publication is a fine resource for children who yearn to find their place and make a difference in their communities.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2010. Vol.33 No.3.

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