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How Kind! Hardcover – May 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763617326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763617325
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Streamlined compositions complement the straightforward message in this circular tale in which one good deed hatches another (and another and another). Hen triggers a string of goodwill gestures when she gives her egg away to Pig. "How kind!" Pig responds, then thinks, "I would like to do something kind too." He gives Rabbit a carrot and so continues the sequence of thoughtful acts that eventually leads back to Hen. Using a few assured strokes, Murphy (Roxie and Bo Together) depicts the happy farm animals with their innocent mannerisms; for example, just two easy lines in the neighborhood of Pig's eye convey his pleasure while Puppy scratches Pig's back. A handful of vibrant colors, varying from spread to spread, adds verve, as when the lilac Cat chases the chartreuse Puppy down an orange path, against green ground. The thick black outlines that define each character match the oversize rounded type that, resembling a child's printing, often sprawls across most of a page. The absence of superfluous background details and the flat perspective aptly suit the story's direct theme and keep readers focused on its meaning. Sure to resonate with its intended preschool audience. Ages 3-5.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Using the theme that kindness begets kindness, Murphy depicts barnyard animals exchanging gifts. The boldly inked outlines filled with bright washes of color perfectly capture the friends' joyous expressions as they surprise one another with presents. The cycle begins when hen gives pig an egg. Pig replies, "How kind!" Then he gives a carrot to rabbit, who gives flowers to cow, who gives milk to cat, who plays with dog, who scratches pig's back with a stick. The thoughtfulness comes full circle when pig presents hen with her newly hatched chick. Although the story line is a bit simplistic and didactic, most children will appreciate the repetition and eye-catching illustrations in this easy-to-read book.
Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Cute & so sweet.
Gabriel F. Eberle
I think this book makes a perfect gift for a baby and young child of any age.
Nicki Heskin
HOW KIND has a wonderful message of doing nice things for others.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By H. Lee on June 8, 2006
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I am always shy to write a negative review, but it was a little odd that a chicken gave away one of her "soon to be baby" eggs to the pig. Though it started a chain reaction with the pig feeling good and doing something nice for others...etc, etc...it ended with the pig returning the baby chick (that hatched from the egg) back to the chicken. The ending is a little strange. What is learned by a mom giving away one of her babies, only to have it returned to her?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Fontaine on September 30, 2005
Format: Board book
This is a great book for children of all ages. The message is simple and straight forward - doing something nice for someone may lead to someone doing something nice for you. My 1 1/2 year old loves the bright and simple artwork that features every 1 1/2 year old's favorite barnyard animals: cow, hen, puppy, cat, pig, etc. It's a short book, fantastic for bed-time, and is sturdily constructed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicki Heskin VINE VOICE on February 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A sort of pay-it-forward for little kids, I love reading this to my kids. While I can respect what the one reviewer said about a hen giving away her egg being strange, I think it's overthinking it a little for the ages this book is meant for. It's really cute too how not all the things the animals give one another are THINGS.. you can DO kind things too (scratch a back, play a game a friend especially likes). That may be my favorite thing about it.. giving isn't just about things. I think this book makes a perfect gift for a baby and young child of any age. The amount of words on each page is not too much, so the pages turn quickly enough to a little one, have different animals which even one year olds start to pick up, has a nice cadence for little babies and of course the message is lovely. HIGHLY recommended for self or a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janey's Mom on August 26, 2006
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We just love Mary Murphy in this household! One of my daughter's first favorite books was "I Kissed the Baby" by Mary Murphy, and this was right on its heels. The simple pictures were very appealing to her, even as a very young infant. At as young as 6 months, she showed interest in this book, and by 12 months, we'd read it over and over and over again. A simple lesson in kindness for the tiniest kids with enough repetition that they know what to expect next.
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we got this charming little book as a gift for my little guy before he was born from a friend, & I have been buying it for others ever since. It is the sweetest story about showing kindness to others and how to make others happy by doing so. My little guy loves it. He has been reading it for 3 years now and keeps coming back to it every so often. It hasn't lost its charm!
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I bought this to read as a filler for Catechism (k-2nd) to enhance kindness, and paying it forward lessons. I have also given this as a gift and read during March is reading month to our ECSE (3 to 5 years) program to enhance farmyard lesson plan. It's simple it has a Great message and I highly recommend!!!
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By Gabriel F. Eberle on April 9, 2013
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Cute & so sweet. I love to teach children kindness, this is a book that will assist you. We believe in kindness to all of Gods creations..especially animals.
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