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Kids Fiction 486
lovely picture book about kindness
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
KINDNESS GROWS is a picture book that visually shows the power of kindness - and the trouble with being unkind. On the left side of the book, it shows a crack that grows with negative behaviors such as saying mean words. On the right side, it shows how kindness can make a tree grow bigger and bigger. The book ends when the children on both sides come together for even more kindness.

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.
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