Be Kind
Be Kind
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Annotation: A thoughtful picture book illustrating the power of small acts of kindness.
Catalog Number: #152215
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Hill, Jen,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-626-72321-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-626-72321-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017944499
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
At school, Tanisha spills grape juice on her dress. Most of her classmates laugh, but not the child narrating the story. Wanting to be kind, the child says, "Purple is my favorite color." When Tanisha runs away crying, our protagonist wonders what it means to be kind. Is it paying attention? Saying thanks? Sticking up for someone who's being bullied? The immediate situation resolves itself in the illustrations, where the friends sit together in art class, and the narrator gives Tanisha a painting that she later tapes up above her bed. The heart of the book, though, lies in the narrator's reflections on kindness, small acts that can contribute to something big. The precisely worded, hopeful text offers ideas to ponder, while the artwork places them within kid-friendly 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.
Publishers Weekly
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.)

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Publishers Weekly
Word Count: 407
Reading Level: 2.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 195356 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD480L
Guided Reading Level: M

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference--or at least help a friend.With award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller's gentle text and Jen Hill's irresistible art, Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.

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