Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill


When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?

Oh, can anybody anywhere really argue with this simple sentiment? I mean, it's hard to read in this only picture I could find, but that is the very first thing we wrote on our stairs:

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The protagonist comes up with some wonderful ways we can all be kind, regardless of our age - be it giving, helping, or just paying attention. She dreams that small kindnesses might add up to something big that spreads throughout the world. Again, who could argue with that?

Hill's illustrations, particularly facial expressions and use of shadows, can help add to discussions of feelings and the consequences of our actions. A must have for every classroom and home.

***This book has been nominated for the Cybils Award. I am just one of many first round panelists, and my opinion should not be construed as inclusion on or exclusion from the final short list.

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