Maddi's Fridge

Maddi's Fridge

Book - 2014
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Winner of:
2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award
2015 MLA Mitten Award Honor
Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor


With humor and warmth, this children's picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia's fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi's house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi's family doesn't have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she'll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she's faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi's empty fridge. Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included.
Publisher: New York : Flashlight Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9781936261291
Branch Call Number: Z BRA
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vogel, Vin 1972-- Illustrator

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nypl_morningside_heights Nov 26, 2014

well written story about frienships and hunger

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mmcbeth29
Sep 26, 2014

Alas, another book that brought tears to my eyes! Maddi's fridge is empty. Her friend Sofia swears not to tell. But this ties Sofia's hands so she tries to solve the problem herself by bringing food to Maddi. She finally realizes that Maddi needs more than she can provide and breaks her promise not to tell in order to help Maddi's family.

This book is on a tough subject. But it is told in such a tender manner that it keeps the story light. The friendship between the two girls is beautiful and when Sofia tells, Maddi is not mad because she knows her friend loves her. This book would be perfect for school aged children to learn about the topic of hunger as well as when it is okay to break a promise made to a friend such as what happened in this book. The author did an amazing job of keeping the tone upbeat in this book. I wish more books on difficult subjects were written in this tone. It makes for very teachable moments. Many kudos to this author.

LibrLdyMapleValley Sep 02, 2014

Local (Washington State) author Lois Brandt has created an accessible and gentle story about friendship and the reality of children in need. This book will introduce young children to the idea of hunger in our society while at the same time offering them a practical, kid level way to deal with it. In the end this book is about the power of friendship. The cartoon pictures add to the story and its accessibility. Sounds like a scary topic but the author handles it beautifully. An excellent early introduction to hunger in our country.

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green_cheetah_1143 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 4

LibrLdyMapleValley Sep 02, 2014

LibrLdyMapleValley thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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