Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
Deborah and Irene have created a tender, circular concept book on kindness. Where sometimes, all one needs is a cup and card to show compassion for another living being. The illustrations, featuring a diversity in race, age, ethnicity, and ability, carry the reader on a journey through a child's town demonstrating how everyone can show kindness, empathy, and compassion in big and little actions throughout their day. The gently rhyming text shows both small gestures (returning a dropped key, holding open door, or waiting for ducks to cross the road) and large gestures (planting trees in the park, adopting "the animals others ignore," or helping build a house) of kindness. Overall, this is a magnificent book with a positive message of community and practicing kindness to others, ourselves, and our world. One that would be beneficial in classrooms and for our society as a whole.