Illustrated by: E. B. Lewis
Published by: Nancy Paulsen Books, 7th Print edition of Penguin Group 2 October 2012
Ages: 4 to 8 years.
Theme: Friendship, opportunity lost.
Opening Lines: That winter, snow fell on everything, turning the world a brilliant white. One morning, as we settled into our seats, the classroom door opened and the principal came in. She had a girl with her, and she said to us, This is Maya.
Synopsis: from Amazon;- Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.
Why I like this: Wow! Simplicity with a punch! Winner of a CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR and THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD! This award winning team have created an unforgettable book with a powerful message that will resonate with readers long after they’ve put it down. Packed full of life lessons we never know the full extent of damage done to Maya by the rejection of Chloe and her classmates as she eventually moves away. It is only when the teacher shows the class how a ripple effect of kindness can change the world does Chloe become aware of her own hurtful behavior. She is never able to make amends. Not a happy ever-after story but one that is sure to bring much discussion in classrooms regarding bullying, kindness, and empathy. The sentence – “Each kindness, makes the world a little bit better” couldn’t be truer. Just a smile, a hello, it doesn’t take much. Don’t lose that opportunity…
Resources/Findings: The story read aloud on youtube… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGKteT5KiSE
Love this teachers aid about random acts of kindness…. Such as a kindness act written on paper and each day pass one on to the next person. Or have a Kindness Day at school… https://www.pinterest.nz/pin/283445370270912662/?lp=true
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