Title: Be Kind
Author: Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrator: Jen Hill
Recommended age group: 3-6 years
We are trying to introduce as well as acknowledge emotions in our 3 year old. Considering the fragility and turmoil the age group (2-3 years) brings along with itself, I am hopeful that the world of books helps our child out.
In this aspect, we have become great fans of ‘Be Kind’ by Pat Zietlow Miller – a book the toddler fondly refers to as ‘Tanisha book’. The story revolves around a girl called Tanisha whose one incident of spilling grape juice on her dress drenches her in embarrassment. She is not able to come to terms with the situation as her peers stare and make fun of her. The narrator however would like to help her feel better and just doesn’t know how! It makes the narrator (and perhaps reader) think what is it to be kind after all?
The book conveys the message of kindness and empathy beyond just the storyline. It’s one of those books where the “picture speaks louder than the words”. I think it is a must have book for every child.
Added by Asha: Ever since this book was reviewed by Priyanka, it has been ordered and gifted by hundreds of our kbc members. Quoting Amardeep whose 5yo often quotes this book when he thinks a kind deed needs to be done.
Be Kind. That’s what we strive to teach our children. But is it something that you can ‘teach’? And does being kind mean you have to do something big? What does it mean to be kind? That’s what this book explores, in a beautiful way. I was so mind blown at how well the book has explained kindness – through very limited text, amazing illustrations and especially the cascading effect of kindness. The impact of one small act of kindness does not end there, it carries on and touches many more people.
Be Strong is another book by the same author.
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