What I loved: The artwork here is subtle but beautiful in Teckentrup's unique style. I love the juxtaposition of the two sides of the book and the poetic writing that presents both sides so well. The die-cut peek-throughs in the book line up so beautifully and add to the overall experience. The book takes the complex topic of kindness and gives a visual representation of the growing tree/crack to show its power and how kind actions add up over time. The end is particularly beautiful when all the children join together. I also appreciated the diversity of the children shown as well as the easy to read text, printed in a large and highly readable size on each page.
Final verdict: KINDNESS GROWS is a beautiful lesson about kindness and that actions, both good and bad, have consequences. Highly recommend for picture book readers who enjoy lovely art and poetry.