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Because Amelia Smiled Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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Over the past five years, I have recommended dozens of children's books, a good number of them from the talented crew at Candlewick Press who I like to single out for their commitment to this format in media and for their choice of books that celebrate diversity.
Anyone familiar with the power of children's books knows that they're not just for kids. They're for parents and grandparents, too. And they shape the children who later become parents and grandparents. Also new this fall is the latest book by one of the world's greatest philosophers studying the connections between world religions: Dr. Jacob Needleman's An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth opens by taking us way back to a favorite picture book for young readers that, to this day, still shapes his efforts to help save our planet.
The entire text of Because Amelia Smiled wouldn't fill a single page in a standard Word document. Yet this tale, which starts with the words "Because Amelia smiled, coming down the street ..." carries us completely around the world and back home again. While Amelia is fiction, the chain of events are as true as countless real-life stories unfolding right now.
Do yourself a huge favor this week! Think of a child with whom you could enjoy this book. Order a copy and, then, simply ... smile.
"Because Amelia smiled, coming down the street, Mrs. Higgins smiled, too." The story begins simply enough. Then the next action causes another one to happen. And so on, and so on, passing from one individual to the next, and influencing average people at various locations around the world. Adult readers will probably predict where the storyline will lead; but to the young, the ending may come as a complete surprise and revelation. To think how far each one of us can reach! And to indeed be part of a global, connected community!
There's a lot to see in the illustrations, and children should enjoy pointing out the items and activities they recognize. As mentioned, the text holds a valuable message for readers of all ages. Author/illustrator David Ezra Stein even foreshadows it in his opening dedication: "To you: Pass it on!" I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from sitting down for a few minutes with this book. Its premise and ramifications will stay with you for a good long while, too.
What appeals to me so much about Because Amelia Smiled? I have to admit that I enjoy the circular style, despite its critics, which is also found in Laura Numeroff's entertaining Give a Mouse A Cookie series. The structure is simple to understand by the youngest and oldest readers, and so somehow calms me. It's nice to know that in some universe, there's a happy and logical outcome to everything.
Then there's the positive message which Stein conveyed through the actions of his multiple characters: If you smile, you might have a ripple effect across your neighborhood, town, or maybe even the world. After all, because Amelia smiled, her neighbor baked cookies for her grandson in Mexico, who in turn ate one of the cookies, who in turn.... Can you parents and teachers just imagine all the original circular stories this book might inspire your kids to write?
Finally, there's the clever way in which Stein created a positive tribute to cultures across the world. He didn't write an inspirational biography of individuals who overcome obstacles despite race. Nor did he tell a moralistic story about how everyone should get along despite their differences. He didn't even simply write a book with the lead belonging to a person from another culture.Read more ›
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My daughter's name is Amelia, and she adores this book. It is a cute story about simple nice acts that continue to pay it forward without Amelia even knowing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ems12345
A very good book. Just a bit disappointed with the price if it is shipped from AustraliaPublished 5 months ago by CAROLYN VAUGHAN-TAYLOR
Has a smile ever brightened your day? A little girl named Amelia smiles at her neighbor and sets off a chain reaction that travels around the world. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bambini Travel
A beautiful book that I'll give to her in a year or two...the illustrations are wonderful and full of potential vocabulary building.Published on September 15, 2013 by Susan K. Hedges
The valuable storyline is well written. A wonderful reminder that we as humans are all connected to one another and one person, of any age, can make a difference.Published on May 18, 2013 by Mom of two
My grandchildren (2 and 5) love this book--and I enjoy reading it to them!
Amelia's smile goes around the world in darling pictures.
I bought this for our new granddaughter "Amelia". The story is really cute it takes the reader around the world and backPublished on March 29, 2013 by StressedOutMom