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Summary: This picture book, told in the first person, is part affirmation about being a kind person and part psalm/prayer. Use this book to help reinforce the value of kindness with young children.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 0 to 6
Age of Child: Read with child at 4 years old and 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Every time we read the book, our child seems to sigh at the end. S/He recognizes the importance of kindness and likes to look at the pictures. S/He asked questions about several passages, such as what "cost" meant in "whatever the cost."
Adult Reader Reaction: This is perfect for before-bed reading. It offers positive thought/reinforcement for kids as they nod off to sleep. Some of the concepts are pretty sophisticated and seem to be geared more for the adults in the audience.
Pros: With simple language and positive drawings, the author offers a first-person account of the value of kindness. Because it is a board book, it will stand up to lots of readings.
Cons: The prayer-type style may not appeal to some readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The book is sweet, but it is one that kids will grow out of.
Educational Themes: The story itself covers some of the activities and choices a child will recognize from events in their own world. It doesn't cover them all, so there are opportunities to talk about other ideas and ways to show kindness. For this age group, in particular, if you can identify something kind the child did and ask him/her to explain how they felt, then you may be able to convey more of the abstract concepts.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, life lessons