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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399246525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399246524
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-Always on-target navigating difficulties in human relationships, Woodson teams up with Lewis to deal a blow to the pervasive practice-among students of all economic backgrounds-of excluding those less fortunate. When a new student arrives midterm, head down, with broken sandals, she sits right next to Chloe, an African American girl. The teacher introduces the pigtailed new student as Maya, but hardly anyone says hello, nor does Chloe give a welcoming smile. Lyrical and stylistically tight writing act in perfect counterpoint to the gentle but detailed watercolor paintings of a diverse rural classroom. Chloe's best friends "this year" call Maya "Never New" because her clothes are always secondhand. Each time the cheerful, independent Maya invites the clique members to play, they refuse. Woodson's writing, full of revelation and short on reckoning, gives opportunity for countless inferences and deep discussion and dovetails with the illustrations of children's facial expressions from surprising angles, expansive countryside views, and pools of water and windows, which invite readers to pause, reflect, and empathize. When their teacher invites them to throw a pebble in water and watch the ripples radiate to symbolize an act of kindness they share with the class, Chloe stops. Maya no longer is there. Her family has had to move. Had Chloe been kind even once? With growing income disparity, and bullying on the rise, this story of remorse and lost opportunity arrives none too soon.-Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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* "This quiet, intense picture book is about the small actions that can haunt. . . . Woodson's spare, eloquent free verse and Lewis' beautiful, spacious watercolor paintings tell a story for young kids that will touch all ages."
(Booklist, starred review)

"Unfolds with harsh beauty and the ominousness of opportunities lost. . . . The matter-of-fact tone of Chloe's narration paired against the illustrations' visual isolation of Maya creates its own tension. . . . Lewis dazzles with frame-worthy illustrations, masterful use of light guiding readers' emotional responses."
(Kirkus Reviews)

* “Always on-target navigating difficulties in human relationships, Woodson teams up with Lewis to deal a blow to the pervasive practice–among students of all economic backgrounds–of excluding those less fortunate. . . . Lyrical and stylistically tight writing act in perfect counterpoint to the gentle but detailed watercolor paintings. . . . Gives opportunity for countless inferences and deep discussion . . . invite[s] readers to pause, reflect, and empathize. . . . With growing income disparity, and bullying on the rise, this story of remorse and lost opportunity arrives none too soon.”
(School Library Journal, starred review)

* “Combining realism with shimmering impressionistic washes of color, Lewis turns readers into witnesses as kindness hangs in the balance. . . . Woodson . . . again brings an unsparing lyricism to a difficult topic.”
(Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Woodson’s fluid writing and deft particularity makes the girls’ bullying rebuffs of Maya absolutely heartbreaking. . . . In his watercolors, Lewis embraces the effects of light like an Impressionist, while his creative, often cinematic uses of point of view add resonance to the story. . . . Offers an alternative view to rosier stories of forgiveness and bully-victim friendships.”
(The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

“Beautifully heartbreaking . . . sure to touch a tender spot. . . . The situation should resonate with young people who are sure to recognize themselves in either Chloe or Maya. Lovely watercolors perfectly complement this simple yet strong story.”
(Library Media Connection)

“Woodson’s affecting story, with its open ending, focuses on the withholding of friendship rather than outright bullying, and Lewis reflects the pensive mood in sober watercolors . . . in subtly detailed portraits. . . . A good conversation starter.”
(The Horn Book)

More About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson's awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award -- both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York

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The illustrations are beautiful.
Jeanne Juneau
If we can teach our children to live their lives in complete kindness - hopefully they will not have to learn this lesson the hard way.
Books That Heal Kids
I plan to use this book as a read aloud for my fourth and fifth graders.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on October 8, 2012
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As an elementary school counselor I could not be more OVERJOYED to have discovered this amazing teaching tool. It tackles bullying, friendship, rejection, kindness, empathy, bystanders and so much more. This is going to be one of the most important books I read to students this year. It will definitely be one of my favorites. If you are an educator it is a MUST for your bookshelf.

This is a powerful story PACKED FULL of life lessons. A new student Maya is treated horribly by her classmates. She tries making friends with the other students but is rejected and becomes a target because of her economic status. Students will feel sadness as you read this story - because they will be filled with an overwhelming empathy for Maya. In the end, we never know the full damage that may have been caused to Maya because she moves. We can surely guess though. However, it's Chloe who teaches us the lesson. She had shunned Maya but is filled with guilt, remorse, and emotional pain as she becomes aware of her own hurtful behavior. She is never able to make amends. I cannot wait for the discussion this will create. If we can teach our children to live their lives in complete kindness - hopefully they will not have to learn this lesson the hard way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Books Come Alive on November 6, 2012
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I read this book about a week ago, and I am now able to write about it! This is one of the best books ever done by the amazing, incredibly talented author Jacqueline Woodson. I am a storyreader, and I give reading presentations in schools, and my two favorites of Ms. Woodson are: The Other Side, and Locomotion.
Each Kindness is in a class by itself. So well crafted and lovingly written, it expresses the frustrating feelings of "what should have been said or done"

There is so much here to discuss for classes who really listen to this masterpiece! You ache for this little girl, and how she feels about things not done.
I have been waiting for this book since The Other Side first came out.
I am really looking forward to sharing this gem with parents, teachers and kids this year starting in Florida in January.

Thank you Ms. Woodson for your inspiring words, your rhythmic dialogue, and for the best book of the year!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Just the Facts, Please on February 18, 2013
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This very original book contains a haunting truth: We don't always get a second chance to do the right thing. I recommend the book to every elementary school teacher out there, but I also think that it serves as a catalyst for some important conversations between parents and their kids. You'll be thinking about this book for a long time....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Christian Reviews on January 24, 2013
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This is a powerful book. I would not recommend reading it to a younger child but maybe age 7 or older. The story follows a girl who is not very nice to a new girl in school. She makes some mistakes but is too late to apologize to the new girl who has to move away. It is a sad yet meaningful story. It will give your child something to think about the next time they are unpleasant towards another child their age. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the lesson of being kind was well presented.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JKPM on January 1, 2013
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The artwork in this book is breathtakingly real. The story is touching and realistic. I wish that someone had read me this book when I was young.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth on December 9, 2013
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A moving story of a lost opportunity, along the line that Eleanor Estes explored decades before in her book, The Hundred Dresses. Each generation must learn this lesson and teach the next about acceptance, friendship, and the too-fleeting moments that can define our lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reb on May 28, 2013
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This picture book should be read by all children because of its underlying facet of bullying. A new girl, Maya, comes to school but because of her worn clothing and tattered shoes, she is not readily accepted as a friend. She tries to befriend Chloe and Chloe's friends, but they disdainfully keep away from her and make fun of her. It is not until after Maya has left, that a class lesson causes Chloe to question her behavior towards Maya and to regret her actions. It is a beautifully written book that conveys deep felt emotions through its plain, unembellished narration yet gentle and soft watercolor illustrations.

The illustrations are beautifully interwoven into the story, creating a mood all on their own. There's the angle looking up at Maya as she enters the classroom her first day and because Maya is looking down it is the only way to see her face. The illustration creates the sense that Maya feels uncomfortable and isolated. Then we see Chloe looking out the window, looking away from Maya, while Maya shyly smiles at Chloe. You can sense Maya's shy friendliness and Chloe's cold response to Maya. While the character illustrations say a lot about the characters feelings and personalities, it is the landscape that intensifies Maya's feelings of isolation. The vast landscapes seem to go on forever, with the sky and horizon melding together and creating a feeling of never-ending surroundings. The artwork alone speaks volumes, yet the text adds to the solemnity.

Each Kindness, received The Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award which recognizes African American authors and illustrators of outstanding literature for young readers that addresses moral values and that validates African American culture. Woodson's and Lewis' book does just that. I found myself touched by the plight of Maya, yet seeing myself as Chloe at one time or another in my childhood.
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