I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children

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Harper Collins, Nov 1, 2005 - 112 pages
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Marian Wright Edelman has drawn from a variety of cultures and peoples to compile these timeless stories, poems, songs, quotations, and folktales that speak to all children to let them know that they can make a difference in today's world.


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Review: I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children

User Review  - April Fusilier - Goodreads

Marian Wright Edelman has complied a wholesome collection of short stories, poems, fables, and wise words from across cultures that offers children wonderful examples about how they can make a ... Read full review

Review: I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children

User Review  - Rachel Dalton - Goodreads

This is an awesome collection of poems, short stories, quotes, and fables. It is organized into sections of ways we can make a difference as individuals, such as working together, being honest ... Read full review


can make a difference by being honest and telling the truth
can make a difference by being determined and resourceful
can make a difference by being grateful for the gift
can make a difference by working together with others
can make a difference by being faithful and struggling for what

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Page 60 - To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, Every cubic inch of space is a miracle, Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same, Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.
Page 10 - I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Page 33 - If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.
Page 21 - If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost ; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Page 15 - You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Page 62 - I'll make me a world. And far as the eye of God could see Darkness covered everything, Blacker than a hundred midnights Down in a cypress swamp. Then God smiled, And the light broke, And the darkness rolled up on one side, And the light stood shining on the other, And God said: That's good!
Page 44 - But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on. And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Page 29 - What actions are most excellent ? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.
Page 7 - What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

About the author (2005)

Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, and eight other books. She is the winner of many awards for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, a Heinz Award, and a Niebuhr Award. In 2000, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Edelman is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School. She and her husband live in Washington, D.C., and have three children and four grandchildren.

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