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Better Together!

Shelly Mleziva & Adrea Duer waechter Illustrations By: Tania Hernandez


Better Together! Shelly Mleziva & Adrea Duer waechter Illustrations By: Tania Hernandez


My name is Terrance. I am a 9-year-old boy. I have curly dark hair and brown eyes.


I have a younger sister, and we live with our dad. Together we like to ride our bikes into town and get ice cream. I am proud of me!


My name is Kheng. I am a 10-year-old girl. I have straight black hair and brown eyes.


I live with my mom and dad. My parents and I spend a lot of time visiting my cousins across town. I am proud of me!


My name is Sarah. I am a 10-year-old girl. I have long red hair and green eyes.


I have two younger brothers and a mom and grandma that live with me. Together we like to go camping up north on the weekends. I am proud of me!


My name is Zain. I am a 10-year-old boy. I have short brown hair and brown eyes.


I have 3 younger sisters, and we live with my grandparents. My sisters and I like to help my grandparents with their garden in the summer. I am proud of me!


Sarah met Terrance on the school bus, and they decided to spend the weekend camping up north and riding their bikes around the camp ground. We had fun, this is we!


Kheng and Zain are neighbors, and they want to make own garden because Zain is an expert gardener just like his grandparents. They begin to plant a garden that stretches from yard to yard! We had fun, this is us!


At school one day Sarah and Terrance overheard Kheng and Zain talking about what they planted in their garden. Since Sarah and Kheng know each other from class Sarah asked if she and Terrance could ride their bikes over that weekend to check out the garden!


Once Kheng and Zain showed them the garden, they asked Sarah and Terrance if they wanted to help. After a long afternoon of weeding and watering the plants the four new friends decided to take a break and have some lemonade.


As they each drank their lemonade, they realized how well they worked together. Sarah was good at weeding the flowers. Terrance was good at planting extra seeds. Kheng was good at watering the plants. Zain was good at harvesting the vegetables that were ready to pick.


Now we know our strengths. We were strangers and now we are friends. Success! Now we have a garden together. We are all better together!



Children's Book: "Better Together!"