Be kind

Pat Zietlow Miller

Book - 2018

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Roaring Brook Press 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
1626723214
9781626723214
Main Author
Pat Zietlow Miller (author)
Other Authors
Jen Hill (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

At school, Tanisha spills grape juice on her dress. Most of her classmates laugh, but not the child narrating the story. Wanting to be kind, the child says, "Purple is my favorite color." When Tanisha runs away crying, our protagonist wonders what it means to be kind. Is it paying attention? Saying thanks? Sticking up for someone who's being bullied? The immediate situation resolves itself in the illustrations, where the friends sit together in art class, and the narrator gives Tanisha a painting that she later tapes up above her bed. The heart of the book, though, lies in the narrator's reflections on kindness, small acts that can contribute to something big. The precisely worded, hopeful text offers ideas to ponder, while the artwork places them within kid-friendly contexts, such as a multiracial classroom and a neighborhood park. Nicely designed for drawing out children's ideas and opening a discussion on kindness, this picture book works well one-on-one or read aloud in a classroom, for the expressive pictures are still effective from a distance. A thoughtful picture book. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A child contemplates the nature of kindness and how it can spread in this lovely exploration of empathy and thoughtfulness. "Tanisha spilled grape juice yesterday," the young narrator begins. "All over her new dress." Their classmates laugh, Tanisha flees the room, and the narrator's efforts to comfort her ("Purple is my favorite color") fall flat. Hill (Spring for Sophie) creates a gender-neutral narrator—a shaggy-haired child in an oversize purple football jersey—who goes on to debate methods of kindness, how tricky it can be, and how far a chain of generous actions might go: "all the way... around the world. Right back to Tanisha and me." The child says that "Mom always tells me to be kind," and Miller lets the student parse what that means without adult intervention; the child's musings ("Maybe it's giving.... Maybe it's helping") let readers do their own reflecting. A spirit of diversity, global and at the community level, pervades Hill's images, a visual reminder of the importance of kindness regardless of perceived otherness. Ages 3–6. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Group. (Feb.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Miller explores the topic of kindness through the story of a child pondering how to respond when a friend spills grape juice on herself. In the language of a child's thoughts, Miller provides examples of kindness (giving, helping, paying attention), and acknowledges that it is not always easy to be kind, especially when others aren't. Miller helps bring this abstract concept into concrete terms of children's lives. The illustrations are gentle and effective. The children's faces are expressive, and thick brushstrokes and watercolor add texture and depth to the pages. The color purple receives extra attention, but is well balanced with other colors and white space. The book presents the powerful message that small acts of kindness matter, and that they can build with other acts of kindness to make a difference. This is adeptly illustrated with vignettes representing kindness circling the globe, coming full circle to the schoolyard where the protagonist gives Tanisha a purple watercolor picture. While the protagonist could not fix the problem, the act of kindness still made a difference. VERDICT Books about kindness are frequently requested in public and school libraries alike. This title is a valuable addition on this topic and will promote conversation about what it means to be kind.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better and ponders the different ways in which they can be kind.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A thoughtful picture book illustrates the power of small acts of kindness, from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A thoughtful picture book illustrating the power of small acts of kindness, from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A New York Times bestseller!“These days, it seems more important than ever for books to show young people how to act with thoughtfulness, civility, and kindness.” —The New York Times Book ReviewWhen 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? From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference—or at least help a friend.With a gentle text from the award-winning author of Sophie's Squash, Pat Zietlow Miller, and irresistible art from Jen Hill, Be Kind is an unforgettable story about how two simple words can change the world.One of Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best Books 2018"