Albert has a tool for every job and he's never too busy or too tired to fix things for his neighbors. But what will happen when Albert is the one that needs help?Albert is always on the lookout fo
Albert has a tool for every job and he's never too busy or too tired to fix things for his neighbors. But what will happen when Albert is the one that needs help?
Albert is always on the lookout for things to fix. If a hinge is rusty, he oils it. If a roof is leaky, he patches it. When Mr. Jensen's old green pickup needs a new motor, Albert hoists up the truck and drops it in. All his neighbors count on Albert to help them. He is never too busy or too tried to help.
But one day Albert is too sick to get out of bed. He's dizzy and his bones ache. When his neighbors find out, they all lend a hand to help Albert. Thanks to his friends, he is quickly on the mend.
Author Janet Lord's simple story of generosity repaid is complemented by artist Julie Paschkis's colorful, folk-style illustrations. The result is a timeless story for young children that celebrates the importance of helping others and demonstrates the value of community.
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Janet Lord earned her BA in graphic arts and advertising from Concord University and now works as a graphic designer. She is the author of Where Is Catkin?, Albert the Fix-It Man, and Here Comes Grandma!, all illustrated by her sister Julie Paschkis. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children's books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington.
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"Lord's rhythmic, simple text is perfectly cadenced for reading aloud, while Paschkis' cheerful illustrations, filled with scrolling designs and smiling friends, reinforce the sense of the close, busy community working together." ?Booklist
"This is a wonderful story about helpfulness that also makes a nice point about repairing rather than discarding and buying new. Bright watercolors have a warm, fuzzy, old-timey feel." ?The Virginian-Pilot
"A welcome dose of old-fashioned neighborliness." ?School Library Journal
"This is a warmly affecting story of (multicultural) community, greatly enhanced by Paschkis's stylish watercolor illustrations." ?Kirkus
"...the story reveals that practical compassion is a fix-it skill children possess." ?ChicagoTribune.com
"...a charming story of a helpful old-fashioned man doing his best in a newfangled world." ?The Wichita Eagle
"...bright watercolor illustrations are reminiscent of older style books-the characters have laughing eyes-but they are striking, somewhat whimsical, and enjoyable...a nice story with a good message..." ?Library Media Connection
"...cheerful illustrations, filled with smiling faces, reinforce the story's strong sense of community spirit." ?Book Links