Saturday, January 07, 2012

Clean Water for Elirose: Teaching Children to Help Others

Most children in the United States have plenty to drink. Juice, soda, milk, fresh water and more are available at their fingertips. They don’t realize that children in other countries often don’t have good things to drink like they do. In Clean Water for Elirose, by Ariah Fine (with illustrations by Don Robb), we learn that Elirose never gets to drink juice or soda. Her water is dirty and has to be hauled from a great distance! So, four American children decide to help Elirose’s village get a well so they can have access to clean water right where they live. Through various fundraising activities, they are able to save enough money to build a well in Elirose’s village!

The children in the story learn, “When we all work together to share, we make the world a better place for all of us kids.” In reading this book, children discover that even the little people in the world, like themselves, can make a big difference! They also see the value of sacrifice in the book when the children give up expensive milkshakes and ask others for donations so they can raise money to help someone else. At the end of the book are discussion questions for your family or classroom to encourage kids to think about others. Additional activities and ideas are also suggested, both in the back of the book and at

You can see an online version of Clean Water for Elirose at When you order a copy for a minimum of $3.00 (with free shipping), all the profits go to support clean water projects! Order today at And be sure to order with your children so they can see how to take the first step in getting clean water to children around the world.

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