Finding kindness

Deborah Underwood

Book - 2019

Illustrations and rhyming text describe acts of kindness and community.

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Children's stories Pictorial works
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
New York : Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Main Author
Deborah Underwood (author)
Other Authors
Irene (Illustrator) Chan (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Friends, neighbors, and family members in a variously diverse neighborhood are seen engaging in quiet acts of kindness. A child appears at her window, releasing a ladybug using the cup-and-card trick: "Kindness is sometimes/ a cup and a card." On the next page, a firefighter rescues a cat from a tree: "or a ladder,/ a truck,/ and a tree." A boy rakes leaves for an elderly woman, and his kindness is repaid with a cookie. Elsewhere, a woman is seen giving up her train seat to another passenger with a baby; a child leaves a tip for a bear performing on a unicycle; and two children plant trees in a park: "It's dirt and a shovel,/ petunias and pails,/ it's trees that will someday give shade." Chan illustrates in a loose style that captures a feeling of warmth, community, and goodwill. One act of kindness begets another, Underwood gently conveys, including acts of self-care and forgiveness. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rhyming text celebrates kindness in all its many forms, from sending a heartfelt card to lending a hand with yardwork.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Members of a diverse community practice acts of kindness towards family, friends, and neighbors.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A celebration of kindness among neighbors by the best-selling author of The Quiet Book depicts examples of generosity of spirit as it impacts a community, from sending a heartfelt card to lending a hand with yardwork. Illustrated by the artist of Baby Loves Quarks! Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From New York Times-bestselling author Deborah Underwood comes Finding Kindness, a heartfelt picture book illustrated by Irene Chan.Celebrate kindness in all its many forms. This is a powerful story of community, compassion, and generosity of spirit—perfect for sharing!Kindness is sometimes a cup and a card, or a ladder, a truck, and a tree. A scritch and a cuddle. A rake and a yard.