Each Kindness

Each Kindness

Picture Book - 2012
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When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, c2012
Branch Call Number: PICTURE BOOK WOO
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Earl B. - Illustrator
ISBN: 9780399246524


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Beautifully illustrated, I love how the ending of this story really makes you think. This is not just another book with a happy ending. Recommended by Gudrun

When a new girl named Maya is introduced in Chloe’s class, Chloe and her friends decide to exclude her from their social group, even after Maya repeatedly tries to play with them. Woodson’s text matter-of-factly tackles issues including bullying, rejection and regret for lost opportunities whi... Read More »

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JCLAlisonS Sep 16, 2020

In this long-form picture book we meet Maya, a new girl at school whose desk is next to that of our narrator, Chloe. From the moment she arrives Maya is friendly and enthusiastic, inviting Chloe and her friends to play jacks and frequently attempting to initiate conversation. But Chloe notices Maya wears hand-me-down clothing and she brings unusual food for lunch; she even goes so far as coming up with a mean nickname for Maya.

Then one day their teacher gives them a lesson about kindness. "Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world," Ms. Albert says. The lesson completely re-frames Chloe's perspective on how she's been treating her new classmate - but is it too late?

I LOVE the message of this book, as I always try my best to act with kindness. I recommend this book to everyone, really, though it's also a wonderful book for early to upper elementary kids because it stresses the importance of kindness.

Feb 10, 2020

I stumbled upon this picture book while looking for books for my three young daughters ages 6 years and younger. The illustrations drew me in as well as the title/subject matter. It was a sad book to read to my kids and the ending left us all feeling empty.

I don't recommend this for children under 8 years. I think there are much better ways to teach the great importance of kindness.

JCLBeckyC Apr 18, 2019

This picture book breaks my heart, but not entirely in a bad way. Like a good cry, it cleanses the soul in preparation for new action. This is a beautiful story of friendship and empathy and regret. Never didactic. So real. A great choice for a read-aloud to a class of elementary school kids up through about fifth grade. I love picture books for older kids, and this is one of the best.

VaughanPLDianeB Nov 04, 2017

This story is a great tool for illustrating the concept of kindness at the beginning of the school year. I like the emphasis it places on the little acts of kindness we can show each day. Small acts of kindness are doable for kids. The ending isn't ideal, though clearly shows how important opportunities can be lost if we don't act upon them, or exclude others.

DPLjosie Aug 11, 2017

Well, gosh, that's sniffle inducing. But also lovely and worthwhile!

Feb 09, 2017

This book reminded me of The One Hundred Dresses https://cml.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1001514105_the_hundred_dresses. The theme is the same - remembering to show kindness. This is a good book for discussions on empathy and remorse. The watercolor illustrations by E. B. White are beautiful.

Apr 04, 2016

While a bit didactic, this is still a lovely story about grasping opportunities to show kindness to those around you.

ChristchurchKids Sep 23, 2014

After their teacher Ms. Albert gives a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong -- they've been relentlessly cruel to new student Maya, making fun of her shabby clothes and refusing to play with her. But has Chloe learned her lesson too late? This gorgeously illustrated, quiet, and realistically melancholy story delivers its message gently yet indelibly, bringing home the full emotional impact of having missed one's final chance to make up for hurting someone else. For another honest look at relationship dynamics between kids, check out Mary Ann Rodman's My Best Friend, also illustrated by Earl B. Lewis.

Picture books newsletter September 2014

Aug 11, 2013

I highly recommend this book, but with a caution. This awesome book demonstrates the value of showing kindness to others, regardless of the kind of peer pressure that encourages youth to shun those who they perceive to be different than them. Part of the value of the book is that it demonstrates that there isn’t always a “happily ever after” ending to each story, as we don’t always get a 2nd chance. My caution is to read and evaluate this book before reading it to/with any child who is shy or feeling shunned or bullied. I unknowingly read it to my extremely shy 5 year old granddaughter (who also has a speech disorder) & she was sad for the rest of the day. Unfortunately for her, the book reinforced all the fears she had about being brave and trying to reach out and talk to others in an attempt to make friends, as she immediately related to the young girl in the book who was being shunned.

Feb 18, 2013

This very original book contains a haunting truth: We don't always get a second chance to do the right thing. I recommend the book to every elementary school teacher out there, but I also think that it serves as a catalyst for some important conversations between parents and their kids. You'll be thinking about this book for a long time....

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Jan 02, 2013

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