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PreSchool-Grade 1-"Each time a child is born, the world changes." Using everyday examples, Hennessy demonstrates how young children help, and are helped by, the people in their lives; grow and learn; and teach others. They share toys, feelings, and ideas. These actions create friendships, and friendships around the world create peace. "It might begin…because of you." The tone is tender and warm, and is reinforced by the soft watercolor-and-ink illustrations. Short sentences make the book appropriate for young listeners and beginning readers, who will find the pictures appealing. A good choice for quiet moments, or to introduce the themes of kindness, friendship, and peace.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
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PreS-Gr. 2. From Debra Frasier's On the Day You Were Born (1991) to Dianna Hutts Aston and E. B. Lewis' recent When You Were Born [BKL D 1 04], there is a robust tradition of picture books intended to reassure new family members that they are welcome and loved. In this variation, though, the tender affirmations are paired with gentle reminders of social responsibility. "Because of you," Hennessy writes, "there is one more person who will grow and learn," but also "one more person who can teach others"; "there is one more person who needs help and one more person who can help others." In an empowering conclusion, Hennessy widens the child's sphere of influence, seeing the "small and precious" acts at home as the first step toward world peace--an ambitious goal made less daunting by Nakata's billowy, cotton candy-hued watercolors of smiling characters exchanging gestures of help and affection. This balanced offering slots smoothly into a niche recently made roomier by the character education programs under way in many public schools. Jennifer Mattson
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