Something: One Small Thing Can Make a Difference

WorthyKids. Feb. 2023. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781546002871.
PreS-G. 1–Small things, Creech writes, can make a difference. Written in a rhyming, sing-song tone, this book presents children with situations where doing something small—like watering plants, helping at a food bank, or even sharing an umbrella—has an impact on the lives of those around them. Pino’s artwork is fun and colorful, peppering the page with sweet kids, cute animals, and humor. Young readers are invited, in a repeated refrain, to not just be kind, but to look for and be aware of moments that might need a kind act, by using their “kindness radar.” That ties the book into Christianity, with references to God and Jesus made in the text and an opening passage from the Bible.
VERDICT For collections looking to add religious-based, serviceable picture books, this one might help children identify what kindness can look like and how to practice it in their communities.

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