FICTION

Finding Kindness

Godwin Bks/Holt/. Oct. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250237897.
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PreS-K–Kindness can be shown in many ways, as demonstrated in this charming picture book. A girl uses a card and a cup to release a ladybug out of her apartment window. As she looks out, she witnesses community helpers and neighbors engaging in different acts of kindness ranging from small gestures, such as offering a seat on the train or holding a door, to more extensive volunteer work, such as helping build a house for someone or planting trees and plants at a community park. The book eventually circles back to the girl from the beginning, and readers learn the card was given to her by her sister, who she thanks with a kiss. Underwood’s rhymes are short and sweet with a natural rhythm. The examples offer simple ways in which children and adults can be generous and compassionate toward others. Chan’s illustrations are featured on expansive spreads, with bright, bold colors that pop. Depicted is a tight-knit community with members of varying races, ages, ethnicities, and genders.
VERDICT With its positive message, simple rhymes, and eye-catching art, this is a wonderful choice for a kindness-themed storytime.

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