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Summer lost: Episode 1 – The slide

It’s a sweltering summer afternoon in Philadelphia, and Dion Jones is reading to his two sons, Jayven and Cameron, on a bench in Smith Memorial Playground.

It’s July 1, one of the first weeks of summer vacation, and Jones just received a handful of free children’s books from the Eagles Youth Partnership.

“Which one do you want me to read?” Jones asks his boys. “‘More Bears!’?” he suggests, motioning at a book with a blue cover — a wacky poem by children’s author Kenn Nesbitt.

“Yeah!” shouts 6-year-old Jayven with a big grin. Cameron, who is 2, climbs on his dad’s lap as Jones begins reading rhymes from the book about a family of hibernating mammals.

Read the full story on The Notebook.