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Be Kind
Contributor(s): Miller, Pat Zietlow, Hill, Jen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1626723214     ISBN-13: 9781626723214
Publisher: Roaring Brook
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: February 2018
Annotation: A thoughtful picture book illustrates the power of small acts of kindness, from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Kindness; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Values & Virtues
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018003073
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (0.50 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 December #1)

A child contemplates the nature of kindness and how it can spread in this lovely exploration of empathy and thoughtfulness. "Tanisha spilled grape juice yesterday," the young narrator begins. "All over her new dress." Their classmates laugh, Tanisha flees the room, and the narrator's efforts to comfort her ("Purple is my favorite color") fall flat. Hill (Spring for Sophie) creates a gender-neutral narrator—a shaggy-haired child in an oversize purple football jersey—who goes on to debate methods of kindness, how tricky it can be, and how far a chain of generous actions might go: "all the way... around the world. Right back to Tanisha and me." The child says that "Mom always tells me to be kind," and Miller lets the student parse what that means without adult intervention; the child's musings ("Maybe it's giving.... Maybe it's helping") let readers do their own reflecting. A spirit of diversity, global and at the community level, pervades Hill's images, a visual reminder of the importance of kindness regardless of perceived otherness. Ages 3–6. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Group. (Feb.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

PreS-Gr 2—Miller explores the topic of kindness through the story of a child pondering how to respond when a friend spills grape juice on herself. In the language of a child's thoughts, Miller provides examples of kindness (giving, helping, paying attention), and acknowledges that it is not always easy to be kind, especially when others aren't. Miller helps bring this abstract concept into concrete terms of children's lives. The illustrations are gentle and effective. The children's faces are expressive, and thick brushstrokes and watercolor add texture and depth to the pages. The color purple receives extra attention, but is well balanced with other colors and white space. 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. This is adeptly illustrated with vignettes representing kindness circling the globe, coming full circle to the schoolyard where the protagonist gives Tanisha a purple watercolor picture. While the protagonist could not fix the problem, the act of kindness still made a difference. VERDICT Books about kindness are frequently requested in public and school libraries alike. This title is a valuable addition on this topic and will promote conversation about what it means to be kind.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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