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Children's Nonfiction Friendship

Everyone's Birthday

A Kid’s Adventure in Thailand

by (author) Marc Kielburger

illustrated by Marisa Antonello & Victoria Laidley

Me to We
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
Friendship, Asia, Social Activists
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2015
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
    List Price

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  • Age: 9
  • Grade: 4


"p class=""book_description"">When he was a young boy, Marc Kielburger saw the problems of the world as too big. He didn't know what he could do, or even where to start. But it was then that he was invited to leave his home and go volunteer in distant Thailand.~p class=""book_description"">Faced with stark poverty for the first time in his life, Marc wanted to leave the community of Klong Toey after just one day. But as he packed his bags and called his mom, a group of street youth nearby got ready for a unique kind of birthday party. When their paths crossed, Marc had no idea that this celebration would forever transform his understanding of poverty — and his whole life's journey.p class=""book_description"">Follow a young Marc Kielburger in this true story about discovering the meaning of friendship and the power that one person has to make the difference of a lifetime. "

About the authors


Marc Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children and the Director of Me to We. With his brother, Craig, Marc is a syndicated columnist carried by the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and Huffington Post, as well as for Canada's most widely-read women's magazine, Canadian Living.


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Librarian Reviews

Everyone's Birthday: A Kid's Adventure in Thailand

Marc Kielberger describes his experience in a poor neighbourhood in Thailand and how the street children taught him valuable lessons about friendship and happiness. Part of the Me to We program, this book encourages children to think about what sort of person they want to be and how they can help others. Busy, bright coloured, full-page illustrations enhance the text. Information on the Me to We and Free the Children programs is included at the end of the book.

For every Me to We book purchased, a notebook will be given to a child in a developing country.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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