Albert has a tool for every job, and he's never too busy or too tired to fix things for his neighbors.
Albert is always on the lookout for things to fix. If a hinge is rusty, he oils it. If a roof is leaky, he patches it. When Mr. Jensen's old green pickup needs a new motor, Albert hoists up the truck and drops it in. All his neighbors count on Albert to help them. But one day Albert is too sick to get out of bed. He's dizzy and his bones ache. What will happen when Albert is the one that needs help?
Author Janet Lord's simple story of generosity repaid is complemented by artist Julie Paschkis's colorful, folk-style illustrations. The result is a timeless story that celebrates the importance of helping others and the value of community.
Preschool-Grade 2. Albert’s neighbors call him the Fix-It Man because he can repair anything: Auntie Miller’s garden fence, Mr. Jensen’s old green truck, Akiko’s clothesline, Mrs. Peabody’s blue china cup. One morning Albert wakes up with a horrible cold, and when Sam the newspaper carrier learns that the Fix-It Man is under the weather, he calls for help. In a warm, closing spread, Albert enjoys the care and support of the many neighbors that he has helped. Lord’s rhythmic, simple text is perfectly cadenced for reading aloud, while Paschkis’ cheerful illustrations, filled with scrolling designs and smiling friends, reinforce the sense of the close, busy community working together. For a discussion about kindness and cooperation, link this with Ilene Cooper’s The Golden Rule (2007) or for a more environmentally focused theme, with Simms Taback’s Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (1999).