Almost Zero by Nikki Grimes

Almost ZeroA classmate tells 3rd grader Dyamonde that it’s her mother’s job to give her what she needs. When she tries that approach on her mother about a pair of red high-top shoes that she feels she really needs, it totally backfires. In an effort to teach her a lesson about true need, her mother takes away everything that she doesn’t really need and leaves her with only one outfit to wear. After all, that is all she needs, isn’t it? While it doesn’t seem that things could be any worse than Dyamonde’s plight, something even worse does happen when a classmate’s family loses everything in an apartment fire. Dyamonde suddenly understands the meaning of need vs. want and she decides to do whatever she possibly can to help this family in need.

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