The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts
The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts
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Annotation: One small act of kindness can change the world. From esteemed bullying expert and author of The Invisible Boy, Trudy Lud... more
Catalog Number: #210442
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Curato, Mike,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-524-77158-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-524-77158-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019048818
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
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One person's angry words (a gray scribble in a speech bubble) hurt another. An empathetic witness reaches out: "One good listener...can make even the smallest voice heard." Curato's expressive mixed-media art, color illustrations with black-and-white photographic details, convey much of the quiet text's meaning, literally and figuratively. One newly blossomed friendship leads to more friends gathering to transform an abandoned space into a community garden. As for the original pair, "One sincere apology...can help heal big and little hurts." Thoughts on "Planting Seeds of Kindness in Your Community" and lists of books and websites conclude the offering.
Kirkus Reviews
Words and pictures work together to show how, one by one, we can make a difference.Ludwig’s text doesn’t tell a story so much as it delivers the straightforward message that even small acts of kindness can have a big impact. The narrative takes root in Curato’s illustrations, which expand on the text to depict a diverse group of children and their interactions. An opening frontmatter scene shows a white-appearing child with blond hair and blue eyes shouting at another person (words are represented by scribbles in a speech balloon), who appears to be a child of color. On the facing page, a crowd of kids rendered in grayscale are oblivious to the interaction, with the exception of one child with East Asian features who stands out in full color. On ensuing pages, the child who was shouted at cries while the tormentor stalks away and the bystanding child offers comfort. This act of kindness spurs others that eventually include all of the children coming together in full color to create a garden. Even the first, shouting kid from the frontmatter reappears with a flower to apologize. The garden prompts interpretations both literal and metaphorical as the children sit down at a table shaped like the numeral one to feast.A good pick about caring for sharing. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Lexile: AD480L
Guided Reading Level: J
Fountas & Pinnell: J

One small act of kindness can change the world. From esteemed bullying expert and author of The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig and Little Elliot illustrator Mike Curato comes a tale as simple--and simply inspiring--as the golden rule.

When one child reaches out in friendship to a classmate who seems lonely, she begins a chain reaction of kindness that ripples throughout her school and her community. One kind act begets another, small good deeds make way for bigger ones, and eventually the whole neighborhood comes together to build something much greater than the sum of its parts.

From acclaimed bullying expert Trudy Ludwig, The Power of One not only conveys a message of kindness, it offers concrete steps that kids can take to make a difference in their own communities.

As Trudy says in the final line of the book: "Acts and words of kindness DO count, and it all starts with ONE."

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