Another Sommer-Time Story: The Richest Poor Kid (with CD Read Along)

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Even though Randy is much loved at home, he has a serious problemeverything he has is old! His rich neighbor Mike, who often teases Randy, has a new bike, new toys, and never does chores. Randy, however, rides an old bike, has old toys, and has to do all kinds of work around the house. Though Randy is often reminded that things dont bring happiness, he desperately wishes he could be rich so he could buy everything new. To Randys great delight, his wish comes true. Everything he touches turns into gold, even his beloved dog. As he holds his lifeless gold dog, he realizes hes the most miserable kid in the world. Remembering he has one more wish, he uses it to return things as they were before. His wish comes true, and he becomes the richest poor kid. Virtues: Appreciation / Cheerfulness / Trust

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Randy was a poor young boy with an old problem. Everything he had was old. His rich neighbor Mike had a new bike and new toys, and he constantly teased Randy. Randy desperately wished he was rich so he could buy everything new. He was warned by those around him that riches alone don’t bring happiness, but Randy never listened. To Randy’s great delight, his wish came true! Everything he touched turned into gold—even his beloved dog. As he held his lifeless gold dog, he realized he was now the most miserable kid in the whole world. Remembering he had one more wish, he used it to have things return as before. His wish came true, and it became the happiest day of his life. Now when Randy went to school, he held his head high. When he rode his old bike, he often said, “I’m sure glad my bike isn’t made of gold!”Spike went over a dangerous waterfall with a stolen canoe and survived. One day while riding his bike, he hit one of his self-made bike traps. He broke his leg and bled badly. Debbie, a girl he laughed at for falling off her bike in one of his traps, came with her mother and saved him. Spike’s life was transformed. He said to Debbie, “I thought being tough and mean would make me happy, but I’ve discovered I’m much, much happier having friends and helping others.”

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Carl Sommer is a devoted educator and a successful businessman with a passion for communicating values and practical learning skills to children. As a successful businessman and educator, Sommer is eminently qualified to impart to students the principles necessary for success in an increasingly complex world. Following his passion, Sommer has authored books in many categories. His works include: the award-winning Another Sommer-Time Story series of childrens books and read-alongs that impart values and principles for success for children. The Another Sommer-Time Story Series of 20 character-building story books and read-alongs have won these awards: Teachers ChoiceTM Award, Moms Choice Award, ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, The Communicator Award, Family Review Center Gold Award, iParenting Media Award, and Family Choice Award. Many of these books have been translated into foreign languages. The Another Sommer-Time StoryTM series now has 24 books, and Advance Publishing is printing a bilingual version in English and Spanish. Sommer is also the founder and president of Digital Cornerstone, a recording and video studio. They have produced 24 Another Sommer-Time Adventure DVDs where Sommer reads the books and teaches character-building lessons. These videos are currently being shown around the world either on cable or streaming video by www.smileofachildtv.org, the largest childrens 24 hour TV program. Advance is also producing Quest for Success series, currently 12 character-building graphic novels for upper elementary students and reluctant readers in junior and senior high school. Born in 1930, Sommer is happily married since 1955 and has five children and 19 grandchildren (See the Sommer Family at 50th wedding anniversary).Sommer is an avid reader, and his hobbies are swimming and fishing. He exercises five times a week at home. He attends church faithfully, and thanks the Lord for his excellent health. Sommer has no plans to retire. He is in excellent health and continues to write and develop educational materials in Houston, Texas. Advance Publishings mission statement reveals Sommers passion and purpose: Providing exciting and inspiring character-building resources that train and motivate children with positive virtues and life skills, which enable them to live successful lives, and results in stronger families, better schools, and a safer and more productive society.

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