When We Are Kind
When We Are Kind
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Annotation: This dual-language beautiful picture book looks at how the simple act of being kind, to others and oneself, affects all aspects of a child's life.
Catalog Number: #219027
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Neidhardt, Nicole,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-459-82522-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-459-82522-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020930583
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
Distinctive illustrations amplify a pointed moral lesson in this Native picture book for kids.An intergenerational Native family sits in a drum circle on the cover, suggesting the importance of cooperation and community that’s elucidated in the pages that follow. What does it mean to be kind to your family, your elders, your environment, and yourself? In simple, repetitive language, Smith (who is of mixed Cree, Lakota, and Scottish heritage) explores how our behaving with generosity toward others makes us feel happy in return. By helping with laundry, walking the family dog, sharing with friends, and taking food to our elders, we learn that the gift of kindness involves giving and receiving. The first half of the book is constructed entirely on the phrase “I am kind when,” while the second half uses “I feel.” Strung together, the simple statements have the resonance of affirmations and establish a clear chain of connectedness, but there is no story arc in the conventional sense. What the book lacks in plot, it makes up for with its illustrations. Drawing on her mother’s Diné traditions, Neidhardt prominently features Navajo hair buns, moccasins, and baskets; a panoply of Indigenous characters—including one child who uses a wheelchair—is featured in rich detail. A French edition, translated by Rachel Martinez, publishes simultaneously.A visual feast for families interested in seeing the Native world through small, kind deeds. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: NP

"Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activitiesand encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.School Library Journal

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.


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