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Can one good deed from an ordinary girl change the world? It can when she's Ordinary Mary--an ordinary girl from an ordinary school, on her way to ordinary house--who stumbles upon ordinary blueberries. When she decides to pick them for her neighbor, Mrs. Bishop, she starts a chain reaction that multiplies around the world. Mrs. Bishop makes blueberry muffins and gives them to her paperboy and four others--one of whom is Mr. Stevens, who then helps five different people with their luggage--one of whom is Maria, who then helps five people--including a man named Joseph who didn't have enough money for his groceries--and so on, until the deed comes back to Mary. It's a feel-good story that inspires and celebrates a world full of ordinary deeds!

About the Author

Emily Pearson is the coauthor of Fuzzy Red Bathrobe: Questions from the Heart for Mothers and Daughters. Emily and her two children live in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is her first children's book.

Fumi Kosaka was born and raised in Japan and studied illustration at Brigham Young University. Her credits include Let's Count the Raindrops and Bubbles, Bubbles. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (April 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879059788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879059781
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a book with a lovely message. One child has the power to change the world for the better through a simple act of kindness. The story describes the happiness and good deeds that spread across the planet in a chain reaction of goodwill. The story is well done, with the exception of an interaction between a middle class man and a homeless woman who returned his wallet full of cash to him. The man "was so impressed that she was honest, in spite of being poor". It is offensive to presume that poor people are less honest than others.
The illustrations are another concern. Why is every person white in the chain of good deeds? Even when children from every contintent are pictured they're all white! This is a major flaw in an otherwise worthwhile story.
Maybe the Kindle edition of this book will fix these flaws and I will be able recommend this book without reservation.
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This is a fabulous book. If you embrace the philosophies of service learning and making a difference, and it is important to you that your child or classroom of children understand and become civically responsible individuals, then this book is a great tool. It is an outstanding story for children from kindergarten through fifth grade (although some explaining and reviewing will be necessary for the younger children). Even though it is a story/picture book, the older children will enjoy it as well.
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I love this little book. I've given it to 7 people so far. It reinforces the fact that one person can make a difference. I like the idea that we don't have to do something big, but it is often the small things that make a big difference.
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My kids at school loved hearing about how 1 act of kindness affected the entire world. We turned it into a schoolwide project with everyone doing acts of kindness and they really got into it! Makes everyone realize how interconnected we all are and how we all affect each other, even in small ways~!
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Teaching children about giving is the theme of this tale. Mary does a simple deed only to find it multiplies with dramatic results, touching the lives of others. My third graders were inspired to try "Random Acts of Kindness" after hearing this story.
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I used this book during a Daisy Girl Scout meeting. We read this before we started our painting project... We were painting flower pots to use in an upcoming community service project we are doing at the beginning of June. We will be doing a "Planting with Grandmas And Grandpas" day where they will be using the pots they painted and then leaving them with the assisted living community we are going in to. The girls (and moms) LOVED this story! We talked about how one small act of kindness and can quickly spread from one person to another. It was a great seg-way in to why we are doing something nice for someone else with out expecting anything in return.
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If you want to teach your kids about kindness, this is the book to get. I love others, but this one is best, IMHO. Doesn't talk down to the kids, as some do, and it wears well with even older kids (up to 10) and even adults can enjoy it.
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This is a wonderful book to teach the meaning of paying it forward with kindness. My third grade students absolutely loved the book! They were amazed that one bowl of blueberries could make so many people happy. One person can make a difference!!
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