Yesterday when I was at the grocery store, the closest parking spot opened up, but I didn’t take it. I left it for someone else and parked further down. The exercise will do me good, (I’m still working off Christmas dinner…) and someone who really needs the closer spot will appreciate it.
Then, as I was waiting in line to pay for my groceries, a gentleman with two items in his arms stood behind me. So, I let him go ahead of me and my towering cart.
Last week when my daughter was practicing her guitar, I complimented her on all the notes and chords she played in tune and encouraged her to keep practicing, pointing out how far she has come in the few short months since she started lessons.
What do all these random acts of kindness have to do with writing?
They are further examples of ways we can all be kind, illustrated through text and pictures in today’s PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) review.
Title – What Does It Mean To Be Kind
Written by – Rana DiOrio
Illustrated by – Stephane Jorisch
Published by – Little Pickle Press , San Francisco, CA – 2015
Suitable for ages – 3 – 7
Topics/theme – kindness, friendship
Opening – What does it mean to be kind?
Amazon Review – A girl in a red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new student in class. Her kindness spreads, kind act by kind act, until her whole community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands―and acts on―what it means to be kind. The fifth book in Rana DiOrio’s award-winning What Does It Mean To Be …?® series, What Does It Mean To Be Kind? was named a 2015 Moonbeam Gold Medalist and won a Mom’s Choice Gold Award.
Why do I like this book? Through sparse text and clear examples of acts of kindness, both children and adults can find, or be reminded of, simple, and much appreciated, ways to spread kindness. I also love the happy, uplifting illustrations created by the playful hand of Stephane Jorisch.
Author –Learn more about Rana DiOrio here.
Illustrator – Learn more about Stephane Jorisch here.
For more picture book reviews and recommendations, visit author Susanna Leonard Hills blog here.
START A CONVERSATION WITH A CHILD. After sharing this book with a child (or with children) ask them to think of other ways they can be kind: at home, to their parents, to their siblings, to their pets, at school, to their teachers and friends, and also ways to be kind to our environment.