Poverty Bear by Timothy Hampton

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Poverty Bear was written to invite poverty’s most innocent victims into this discussion. Children must be informed if they are to avoid the pitfalls that can lead to becoming poor. Poverty Bear’s purpose is to illuminate not only the condition, but also some of the choices individuals make that can lead one to become susceptible to poverty.

Poverty Bear is designed to drive lessons home with advanced vocabulary and use of rhyme as a basic teaching tool. As such, it is a read for all ages. But Poverty Bear places particular emphasis on youth. So that they may start their journey with a clear understanding of what poverty is. And how to avoid choices and behavior that can lead to conditions of poverty.


Poverty is a global issue. The vast majority of the world’s wealth is in the hands of the elite. Poverty is spreading. It cuts across all cultures, regions, and worldviews. Poverty impedes progress. Humanity could grow stronger if the concept and condition of poverty were appropriately addressed. And all people were allowed to participate equally.

But first comes personal responsibility. Poverty Bear is a book about personal responsibility. Its goal is to teach the reader, in very simple terms, how poverty can and should be avoided. Poverty Bear’s journey also helps the reader to recognize how an individual might become susceptible to poverty.

It’s hard to imagine a world without poverty. It’s even harder to imagine that anyone would actually want to be poor. Poverty Bear was not written as the solution to world poverty. It was written to expand the dialog. Understanding and eliminating poverty are tasks for all humanity. Which means, poverty’s most innocent victims should be included in this discussion

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