Abe is a homeless man who lives in the alley behind a bakery and winter is coming. What will happen on his lucky day that will change his life?
It is refreshing to see a story for young readers like Abe's Lucky Day. This is a heartfelt story that exposes youngsters to the realities of poverty and the idea of giving of oneself.
Abe is down on his luck. He has no home, no job, no money and no family. He is alone. If living on the street wasn't bad enough, winter is quickly approaching making life for a homeless person more miserable. Abe, however, does not let his circumstances dictate his behavior--at least, not in a negative way. Instead, we see Able set his own circumstances aside and commit many selfless acts.
Abe's Lucky Day started out wonderful. Finding many items that he desperately needed throughout the city, Abe comes across others with the same needs. Abe doesn't question them or ponders if they are deserving of the items. Instead, when Abe sees someone in need, and he can help, he readily sacrifices his comfort.
Eventually, the help is returned to Abe by a stranger. Abe's kindness forces this stranger to examine himself and to realize how blessed he is and that he can share this blessing.
I really enjoyed this story. I think this book can be used as a wonderful discussion opportunity between child and parent or teacher. It can not only teach children, but also adults. Exposing ourselves to a thought-provoking tale of selflessness can change us, too. Today, maybe we should ask, "Who can I help?"
I found only one small detail that, in my opinion, can help this book. When Abe meets the stranger, who in turn helps Abe, the point of view transfers from Abe to the stranger. Yet, I did not realize it. I think if the author used, "the stranger took," instead of "he took," I would have realized the switch and not have to backtrack to re-read.
Title: Abe's Lucky Day
Author: Jill Warren
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Self Published)
Source: Received from Bostick Communications in return for honest opinion.