Kindness Grows

Kindness Grows
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September 05, 2019
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It all starts with a crack that we can hardly see,
It happens when we shout or if we disagree.
But with every kindness that we care to show,
Something good and magical then begins to grow…

Angry words cause a crack to open up, but find out what happens when kindness begins to blossom in this thought-provoking book by award-winning illustrator Britta Teckentrup.

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lovely picture book about kindness
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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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