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Be Kind (Be Kind, 1) Hardcover – Picture Book, February 6, 2018
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“These days, it seems more important than ever for books to show young people how to act with thoughtfulness, civility, and kindness.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“[A] lovely exploration of empathy and thoughtfulness.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The precisely worded, hopeful text offers ideas to ponder, while the artwork places them within kidfriendly contexts, such as a multiracial classroom and a neighborhood park. Nicely designed for drawing out children’s ideas and opening a discussion on kindness, this picture book works well one-on-one or read aloud in a classroom, for the expressive pictures are still effective from a distance. A thoughtful picture book.” ―Booklist
“This picture book champions interpersonal kindness both globally and in a young child's town . . . The story gives children many concrete ideas of actionable kind deeds.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The book presents the powerful message that small acts of kindness matter, and that they can build with other acts of kindness to make a difference . . . A valuable addition on this topic [that] will promote conversation about what it means to be kind.” ―School Library Journal
A Golden Kite Award Winner
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book
The Juvenile Literature Award Winner
A Crystal Kite Award Book for the Midwest Region
"[T]his tale will be cherished by children, and their parents will be happy to read it to them often." ―School Library Journal, starred review
Wherever You Go:
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“Miller's verse, infused with musical momentum, communicates the emotional arch of a journey with beautiful brevity.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This lovely offering [has] appeal both as an inspirational gift book and as a bedtime tale.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
Sophie's Squash Go to School:
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“By book’s end, most readers will be willing to side with Sophie’s parents, who remind her that it’s good to have friends: ‘Especially human ones.’” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
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- Lexile Measure : AD480L
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Grade Level : Preschool - 1
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626723214
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626723214
- Product Dimensions : 9.76 x 0.42 x 10.85 inches
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press; Illustrated Edition (February 6, 2018)
- Reading level : 3 - 6 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When an initial attempt at support is misunderstood, the wannabe-kind youngster makes an effort to observe, consider, and analyze ways that kindness is (or isn't) effective. Those examples, the progression of observations, and the conclusions are entirely child-friendly but also provide dense content for discussions about ways individual acts can affect others' lives.
Illustrator Jen Hill has provides visual spotlights throughout the book, offering a subtle reminders to focus on both sides of the kindness equation. The reflections of the main character convey not just intention but persistence, not a sense of his/her own desire to be kind, but on the needs of the classmate. I used the gender-optional pronouns because some young readers have asked- is it a girl or a boy? Hill's gender-ambiguous illustration allows all readers to see themselves in the story, and to answer the questions for themselves: Who do you think it is? What difference would it make which way you see the child? Does assigning an identity affect the story? The universality of the story shines through from the book jacket front to back.
Through minimal text by Miller and beautiful illustrations from Jen Hill, readers connect with the main character and feel empathy for her friend Tanisha. We feel the sadness and disappointment that comes with not knowing how to help a friend. We feel the fear when facing a bully and the irritation that little siblings can cause. We also gain an understanding of our kind acts, even ones that seem so small and everyday that we forget they’re kind, and the effect they have on others. We see a chain reaction travel through a community and around the world. And we see the effect, right where it was needed, with Tanisha.
My 3- and 5-year-old daughters absolutely love this book. In fact, they ask for the “umbrella book” and the “grape juice story” almost daily. I have recommended this to anyone who will listen… and no one has been disappointed yet.
This book could be very effective for ages 3 and up. Be sure to use it as a time to talk with your children about “what does it mean to be kind anyway?”