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Tight Times by Barbara Shook Hazen
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Tight Times

by Barbara Shook Hazen, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)

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This early reader gently introduces poverty and unemployment to the young reader around a story about a little boy who very much wants a dog of his own. He learns that he cannot always get exactly what he wants but love and compromise often bring something just as good in the form of a skinny little kitten found in a garbage can. This is also a story about empathy and families and beings pulling together. The father sets a wonderful example for his son by taking in the homeless kitten who had no place to go even though times were tight and a pet was not in the budget. It is a story about family, hope, and survival together. ( )
  EBlakeley | Feb 5, 2019 |
Tight Times is a story about a boy who wants a dog and whose family is going through "Tight Times." The family buys generic food letting the reader infer they are watching how they spend their money. Then one day the dad comes home in the middle of the workday unhappy telling the babysitter they don't need her anymore. After the boy's mom comes home, the parents have him go outside. He hears something rattle the garbage can outside their apartment. What will he find when he opens the lid? The story emphasizes the importance of family, especially during "tight times." ( )
  stephaniepulver | Jan 20, 2019 |
A young boy learns the meaning of tight times in a story about a family living in poverty. ( )
  ambreecote | Nov 26, 2018 |
In this book a young child comes to terms with his family's financial status, his dad explains that the family has fallen on tight times and that is why the boy can not get a dog. One day his father comes home early because he lost his job. The child leaves the apartment to sit on the stoop while his parents talk and he hears a crying sound in a trash can. He looks inside and finds a baby kitten, his parents let him keep the kitten.
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I would use this book for Determining Importance.
  Jessica5858 | Mar 4, 2018 |
This story follows a little boy who doesn't understand why his family has to eat differently, skip summer vacation, or why his mom has a job. He really wants a dog and his family tries to explain that there is no extra money to care for a dog. On the day that his dad loses his job, the boy finds a starving cat in the outside trash can. His parents let him keep it. The boy is startled to see his father and then his mother crying. They have teary, family hug and try to move forward with their lives.

Ages 4-7
Puyallup Library
  Galileogst | Nov 25, 2017 |
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Barbara Shook Hazenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hyman, Trina SchartIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Negroni, MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A small boy, not allowed to have a dog because times are tight, finds a starving kitten in a trash can on the same day his father loses his job.

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A small boy, not allowed to have a dog because times are tight, finds a starving kitten in a trash can on the same day his father loses his job.

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