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Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler Hardcover – June 26, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Repackage edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689873441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689873447
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—Mrs. Ruler is an unusual teacher: she often talks in rhymes, she wears a ruler in her tall hairdo, and she disciplines children by having them perform acts of kindness. When students ask to participate, she turns her assignment into a class project, and they eventually complete 100 acts of family, school, and community kindness (all listed at book's end). Unfortunately, this story does not measure up to Cuyler's usual high standards, and Mrs. Ruler's singsong speech is annoying. Furthermore, the text often seems preachy. For example, the teacher offers wisdom such as, "A slice of nice makes a mile of smile" and "Good deeds fill needs." The plot is a bit contrived: just when David, a reluctant participant, is looking for good deeds to perform in order to catch up with everyone else, he is presented with an opportunity to rescue the class gerbils. Done in bright hues that reflect the tale's upbeat tone, the cartoon illustrations are playful and inviting. They feature an endearing group of students from different ethnic backgrounds. An additional purchase that may fill a need in some libraries.—Barbara Katz, Parish Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
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Mrs. Ruler is frustrated with her kindergarten class. They have been acting out all week, so she reminds them "kindness is cooler" and charges each student to perform five acts of kindness. Most of the class catches on quickly; only David seems to have trouble internalizing Mrs. Ruler's maxim that "a slice of nice makes a mile of smile." Eventually, even David finds a way to be good, rescuing the class's gerbils during a harrowing escape. The author of 100th Day Worries (2000) incorporates here the same enthusiasm, counting practice, and humor she used in the earlier title. Especially useful is an appended list of the 100 acts of kindness, which will get kids started and fuel their own ideas. Yoshikawa's vibrant illustrations capture the boundless energies of five-year-olds on their best (and worst) behavior. Although sophisticated listeners may find Mrs. Ruler a bit preachy, most children will enjoy the story, and teachers will find the lesson aptly told. Recommended wherever values education is taught. Weisman, Kay
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Cute book that shows how easy it is to be kind.
Britney Murray
This a great Middle of the Year book to remind students who to treat each other, their teacher(!), their school, and their community.
Megan Bohanan
Great way to set the tone for a kind classroom environment with your students.
Donna

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet M. Zacharias on August 3, 2007
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This book caught my attention because my friend, who has a child with Asberger's, was working on the concept of being kind with him. It features an offbeat teacher named Mrs. Ruler who always speaks in rhyme, and she teaches her elementary students different, specific ways to be kind. A lot of times I think we just tell kids that things are "kind" or "unkind" without really giving them ideas of how to be kind.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By killian on February 25, 2008
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I am a Guidance Counselor in an elementary school. I had a teacher come to me and tell me the kids in her class were having trouble with being mean to each other.
I loaned her this book to read to her students. She did and the class used it to kickstart their Kindness campaign.
The teacher has reported favorable results.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Emily on March 6, 2008
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The kids at my school loved hearing about how the students did 100 kind deeds and they challenged themselves to do 100 kind deeds as a class during the month of February (Kindness Month at our school). Most classes reached their goal and felt so proud, all thanks to Mrs. Ruler.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mari L. Mccuen on July 22, 2009
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Mrs. Ruler is an unusual and spunky kindergarten teacher who plans to teacher her students a little about a new golden rule. With her class, Mrs. Ruler helps teach the children about random acts of kindness and how all people (even children) can make a difference. Working their way up to 100 acts of kindness the story displays how the students change their naughty behavior over time and helps the students gain ideas how they too can do good deeds for others.
I would absolutely use this in my 2nd grade classroom :)
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In these times when many children are harrassed by bullies , it is important to foster acts of kindness in children. The children I read this book to were compelled by the story. I think the cartoon character illustrations helped to attract their attention, but many children were also interested in the idea of counting acts of kindness. One classroom I read to, persuaded their teacher to conduct the acts of kindness project in their classroom.
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I teach a class for after schools called Making Manners Fun and came up with an idea that I call the Golden Ruler so the kids would learn the Golden Rule and when I found this book at my local library I was so happy to have a book to read with the theme of what I was teaching. The kids just love the story and it lends itself to the crafts that I do with them to help them remember the lesson.
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Mrs. Ruler has a great idea when it comes to teaching her students about being kind. Kids will want to try her idea in their classrooms.
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LOVE this book! Great way to set the tone for a kind classroom environment with your students. Will be a MUST READ in my classroom!
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