No More Stuff

Children - Social Issues
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/03/2024
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

No More Stuff is a children's book by Linda Sachs. Noah is excited about Easter. He hopes to have a basket with lots of goodies and gifts, but his mother takes a different approach. She mentions his room "stuffed" full of toys and asks if he'd like to donate some of his toys to a second-hand store. Noah enjoys the new space in his room, and over the year, during special events, like his birthday and Christmas, his mother reminds him he doesn't need more stuff. Instead of receiving more gifts from his family and friends, Noah gives canned items to the local food bank and donates a toy to a toy drive. As another Easter approaches, Noah makes a discovery, and humorously, it extends to his parents, too.

Linda Sachs delivers a story with a very important point. Children may hear that giving is better than receiving, but this book shows the feelings Noah experiences as he donates toys and food. The lesson raises points to open a discussion with children about giving and the benefit of donations for children and families in need. Noah's mother repeats a cute rhyme about a "stuffed house" that may stick with young readers as she responds to Noah's requests for gifts. I valued the mother's mention of a charitable alternative to presents instead of demanding her son's action. She gives him the idea, and Noah chooses to act on it. No More Stuff is a great book for children whose needs and wants are satisfied but haven't grasped the benefit of giving.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

In No More Stuff by Linda Sachs, Noah has a lot of toys. They are all over his bedroom, everywhere you look, and he constantly dreams about adding more. Every holiday, Noah would get more toys, and he couldn’t wait for Easter to come. Until this year, when his mom told him he didn’t need any more. She told him he should look through all his toys and sort out the ones he didn’t play with anymore – they could give these to other less fortunate kids. Noah was not happy, but he grumpily sorted through his toys. Surprisingly, he found he could give lots away, and that gave him more room for toys on his birthday. Until his mom said he didn’t need anymore – again! Instead, all his friends did something nice for other less fortunate people. As the year went by, the same thing happened at every celebration, but Noah learned a lot during his year of celebrations.

No More Stuff by Linda Sachs is a wonderful kids' story, with some lovely illustrations by Katrina Sachs. This is a great book to read if your kids or grandkids have a room bursting with toys but still want more. It teaches kids that “stuff” isn’t always important to those with plenty but is incredibly important to those with little. It also teaches kids the importance of doing something nice for others and using birthdays and other celebrations is a great way to give something back to society. This is a really well-written story, easy to read, and it's one kids will want to read over and again. Decluttering is something we should all do regularly, given how much stuff we accumulate over time. Kids, in particular, can do good by passing on toys, games, and clothes they no longer need to other kids who need them more. A fabulous story, and highly recommended.

Philip Van Heusen

We live in a world full of stuff, yet we always want more. Houses are full of stuff, but often, with the benefit of credit cards, people buy more and more. In No More Stuff, Linda Sachs shares a creative way to overcome the desire to have more and be satisfied with what you have. Young Noah was used to getting gifts for different holidays and always expected them. One year, his parents decide that the house is already stuffed to the gills and that Noah does not need more stuff to add to the large collection of toys he no longer played with. Throughout the year, his mother helps Noah learn that giving brings special blessings that more stuff cannot. This little book gives some great pointers for parents to share with their children to help them understand that others can use what they no longer need or play with.

Linda Sachs learned as a young child how to be satisfied with what she had. Her mother endured the Great Depression and told her how one year all she received for Christmas was one orange. That orange meant so much to her. This lesson on gratitude grew into a mindset of abundance. Being satisfied with what one has is the secret to living with thanksgiving. Linda shares this idea in No More Stuff. Parents can use this children’s picture book to teach valuable lessons on what is important and that stuff does not create true happiness. Join Noah as he learns the joy of sharing what he has been blessed with. There are many great ideas on how to share one’s bounty in this book, including giving away gently used clothing and even having your friends bring canned goods to your birthday party to give to a food pantry. I highly recommend reading this book to and with your child and then discussing ways you can share what you have.