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Scholastic. Aug. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338627053.
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PreS–With a foreword by Axel Scheffler, this is a collaboration of 38 illustrators from around the globe in support of the Three Peas charity, an organization that gives “practical help to those who have had to flee their homes.” There are simple suggestions for how to be kind, including listening, hugs, or holding a hand. Readers are prompted to make a Kindness Jar, show compassion toward animals, help others shine, and support newcomers by helping them feel at home. Green also suggests readers attempt new languages, make room for everyone—including those with different abilities, and those fleeing danger—and above all, recognizing the gift of others from all around the world. Text and colorful art from each illustrator in various media and styles emphasize the diversity of people to be welcomed, and ways to be “curious about the world and all the people in it.”
VERDICT This suggested first purchase presents an engaging collection of art with a simple message of hope for young readers: “If everyone is kind, we’ll make a better world.”

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