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The Flood of Kindness: Inspired by Hurricane Katrina Paperback – Large Print, July 7, 2017
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It's a beautiful simple book full of strong images and pared down to essentials. An excellent response to a tragedy. We need more artistic reflection like this to all the tragedies that come our way. Laurie Marshall's work is wonderful and she can take this one to the bank.
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul, NH
I'm seven years old and this story deeply moved me in so many ways. It hit my emotions. The art is beautiful. There can never be too much kindness in this world. It made me sad, but hopeful too. Beautiful. I definitely recommend this book. It'll fill your heart too.
Paige Prince, Winchester, VA
Ms. Shelton loves the book, but said someone else will need to read it to the kids, because she wept, and would again.
Barbara Oberreich, Indianapolis, IN
The archetypal symbolism of the connection between expressing grief, healing trauma and regenerating Nature is remarkable, especially coming from one so young.
Robert Moorehead, Greenbrae, CA
Maybe I can write a book.
Kindergartner, Indianapolis, IN
This engaging, melancholy and, ultimately, uplifting story is beautifully illustrated. It captures the essence of the resilience of children and their endless capacity for love and kindness even in the face of extraordinary challenges.
Jeanne Roggio Day, Philadelphia, PA
As I look through The Flood of Kindness, I am again amazed that the heart of an 8-year old birthed this story. It is beautiful. The best of human nature. Young De'Ante has found a way to see sadness through his heart and is an inspiration to adults as well as children. Did I weep? Yes, I did. A lot. Some of the weeping was for the horrors of natural disasters. Most of the weeping was for the beauty in Love.
Caroline Wood, San Marcos, CA--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
De'Ante Webster was deeply moved when his mother, Ieshia Webster. told him about Hurricane Katrina. She had gone to college at Grambling State University in Louisiana. When his third grade teacher in Indiana gave the class an assignment to write an historical fiction story, he chose Hurricane Katrina. He made up a character to be treasured and a vision of what it took to heal the damage - Kindness. De'Ante worked with the illustrator for 6 years before bringing it to the world. At 13, he will be doing a book tour around Indiana, his home town, in 2017 and hopes to travel to New Orleans with his book. His aspiration is to write books, run as fast as he can in track and inspire kindness. The illustrator and editor of the book, Laurie Marshall, met De'Ante's grandmother in 1964 at a Quaker workcamp. This project grew out of a 50 year friendship between families. Laurie is a professional artist and educator who is dedicated to partnering the genius of young people to help heal the world. Her work has been exhibited at the UN, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Botanical Gardens, NASA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Interior. As a certified art teacher, her arts integration and project-based learning book, "Beating the Odds Now" is used around the world.
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My advance copy arrived a few days ago. As I look through it I am again amazed that the heart of a 8-year old birthed this story. It is beautiful. The best of human nature. Young De’Ante has found a way to see sadness through his heart and is an inspiration to adults as well as children. Did I weep? Yes, I did. A lot. Some of the weeping was for the horrors of natural disasters. Most of the weeping was for the beauty in love.
The Flood of Kindness: Inspired by Hurricane Katrina
I highly recommend this beautiful and heartfelt book. The story is as moving as the back story to the book! "This project grew out of a 50 year friendship between families. Laurie is a professional artist and educator who is dedicated to partnering the genius of young people to help heal the world." It is a wonderful and moving story for both kids and adults. It reminds us of our responsibility to become real human beings, to support each other always. And the artwork is magnificent!