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Each Kindness Makes The World A Little BetterChloe Doesn T Really Know Why She Turns Away From The New Girl, Maya, When Maya Tries To Befriend Her And Every Time Maya Asks If She Can Play With Chloe And The Other Girls, The Answer Is Always No So Maya Ends Up Playing Alone And Then One Day She S GoneWhen Chloe S Teacher Gives A Lesson About How Even Small Acts Of Kindness Can Change The World, Chloe Is Stung By The Opportunity That S Been Lost How Much Better Could It Have Been If She D Just Shown Maya A Little Kindness And Opened Her Heart To Friendship Newbery Honor Winning Author Jacqueline Woodson And Caldecott Honor Winning Illustrator E B Lewis Have Created A Beautiful, Poignant Picture Book With A Powerful Message That Will Stay With Readers Long After They Ve Put It Down

10 thoughts on “Each Kindness

  1. says:

    My husband read this to my daughter s fourth grade class recently, and they were disappointed by the ending I, however, think that is one reason it is such a great book Not only does it demonstrate to kids that their actions have consequences, but it also shows them that sometimes you don t get a second chance to make things right when you make the wrong choice Every time they leave a child out, it hurts.I had personal experience with changing to a new school in fifth grade and being not only left out but teased cruelly about dumb things like my hair curly and short they called me Squirrel Thankfully, the teacher was kind and one girl one was nice to me Those two people were the only reason that year was bearable It s been 38 years since I was in fifth grade and I still remember the sting like it was yesterday The way kids choose to treat their classmates has far reaching results, and this book will hopefully make some kids think twice about their words and actions.

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    I personally really do find Jacqueline Woodson s Each Kindness incredibly sad and even at times rather overly depressing, mostly because when we moved to Canada from Germany in 1976 when I was ten , my experiences at school were definitely very much like Maya s Although my teacher did everything she could to include me, to many of my so called classmates and unfortunately also to some of their parents, as I was also told by a number of fellow students that they supposedly were not allowed to converse or play with me I was simply the little Nazi and of course, the fact that I was shy, a bit uncoordinated, spoke with an accent and also had the frustrating tendency to sometimes say the wrong things at the wrong times did not help matters either And while I therefore do appreciate and even with tears in my eyes manage to at least somewhat enjoy Each Kindness especially that and realistically there is no simple happy ending but that the bullies do, in fact, learn a valuable lesson the bullying, resentfulness and deliberately being left out Maya experiences personally chafes and smarts and yes, I also cannot help but wonder a bit angrily why the teacher did NOT do her kindness project much earlier, like right when Maya first came to class as a new student and I also fail to understand why she did NOTHING at all to intervene or even comfort Maya when it became rather painfully obvious the other children were at best shunning her, although I also do appreciate that Jacqueline Woodson has not sugar coated the fact that teachers often do nothing, or at least not enough to fight against bullying, or as in the case of Maya s teacher, wait until it is a bit too late, for by the time Maya s teacher does her class lesson on kindness, Maya has been taken out of school by her parents.And therefore although I think that Each Kindness is in many ways bit of a must read with an apt and centrally important theme and important lessons as unfortunately, bullying seems as much of an issue now, as it was when I was a child, and at least I did not have to face the now seemingly all pervasive threat of cyberbullying , I would also like to point out that this is definitely a story that requires discussion and discretion I read some very revealing musings on where a reviewer demonstrated rather painfully that certain children might react to this story quite negatively For she read Each Kindness without pre or post discussion to her extremely shy granddaughter who also has a bit of a speech impediment and it not only made the little girl incredibly sad, but even afraid of even trying to make friends, something to think about before sharing Each Kindness with children.Now with regard to E.B Lewis accompanying illustrations, I have to admit that I really do not all that much remember their specific and minute details, except that I have generally found them to be an atmospheric and visually pleasing mirror of and to the narrative, of and to the author s text and I for one am definitely pleased that the two main bullies are depicted as seemingly being of African American persuasion, as I think it is very much important for children to realise that ANYONE can be a bully and that one s ethnic background does not preclude one from being nasty and vicious and vice versa.

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    Love Jacqueline Woodson Did not like this book.I think I m the only one.From page one, the tone of this book put me off Even though she wasn t making a speech, it felt so didactic I just couldn t like it In my mind, the narrator droned on in a depressing monotone The story was entirely hopeless There was no spark of light at the end, no spot of hope My imaginary last line was, And then the entire rest of my life sucked, too Harsh Yes, I know It felt harsh when I read it It s The 100 Dresses in picture book form, but with no understanding of the situation s cause and with no hope at the end Maya was just gone, and there was nothing to be done If Chloe had had another chance to be kind to someone who was an outcast, it might ve made the book cliche, but would ve added some hope, too As it is, I was left wondering whether she would be kind next time, or would just wallow in self loathing for a while Now, this is not to say that this is a bad book and shouldn t be utilized, because I do think teachers and counselors could use it Some of our students certainly need it As long as it s followed up with discussion about how Chloe could ve handled things differently, why she treated Maya the way she did, why she couldn t find courage to do the right thing, whether they see things like this happening at their school, and what they can do to make a difference, share it I also think Language Arts teachers could use this effectively when teaching tone Cause this is one DE pressing book, and it all comes from the narrator s tone.

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    What I love about this book is that it doesn t have a happy ending To open this lesson I had the students take out a piece of paper and then crumble it up Then I asked them to smooth it out so that there were no wrinkles Then we discussed how the wrinkles are like imprints That when we insult and hurt it leaves wrinkles and no matter how many sorries or things we do to smooth it out the scars are still there At the end of the book we had a brief discussion about kindness, but also our reputation I used this with 5th grade so we discussed how we want to be remembered when we leave to go to middle school, what legend do we want to leave To end I had them each drop a pebble into a fishbowl They walked up one by one and I asked as they dropped their stones into the water to think of the stone as their actions and to look at the ripples I asked them to think about what ripples they made this year, good and or bad.A book for every classroom teacher I also, think you could have a great discussion about the courage it takes to stand up and like someone even when no one else does.

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    This is a difficult story one that rings so true, but is probably a bit hard for many children But it s an important story, too, whether a child is on either side of the story The book is about bullying, but it s the subtle kind of bullying, the ignoring and whispering and refusal to acknowledge someone I think this kind of bullying can be the worst, because there s no physical harm, but the emotional scars can be even deeper We read this story together and our girls were so sad They could not understand why someone would turn away the new girl I just hope that they remember that story and defend someone who is being treated poorly And of course, I hope with all of my heart that they never experience what Maya did.Overall, I thought this book was very well written and I thought the expressive illustrations complemented the story nicely We really took this story to heart and I loved the metaphor of the stone making rippling waves in the water representing the effects of kindness upon others.This book was selected as one of the books for the February 2014 Kindness discussion at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads.

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    This story is incredibly mournful and poignant I was near tears throughout this book I would have been as deeply affected when I was a child It reminded me so much of the short children s novel The Hundred Dresses, which touched me deeply as an elementary school student Maybe it s because I just read this picture book, but at the moment it feels like an even powerful story to me I do wish the teacher had done the kindness exercise earlier, preferably immediately noticing what was happening with her newest pupil And I like to think things are better now than when I was young, but I know in many cases they re not, and in some cases they re even worse This is a powerful story because I know how realistic it is Unfortunately.Very sensitive children might feel devastated by this book so I d like to think parents, teachers, and other older children and adults will be there for support, and to listen and to discuss any feelings and thoughts that come up I think most readers will be pensive after reading this I certainly am I like that the story is told first person by a girl who is not perfect, who ends up having regrets.I think the conversations that can happen when a bunch of kids have read the story, or had it read to them, could be really helpful and lead children to behave kindly to everyone So, I highly recommend it to everybody 5 and up I think it s a great book to read at the beginning of a school year or immediately before any activity where children will be meeting new children, particularly if there will be any children different in some way from them I also recommend it to all adults who have contact of various sorts with children I m hopeful they can use it to become aware and encourage kindness in the children they know Individuals a part of groups behave differently than individuals on their own, so this kind of awareness is particularly helpful when relating with groups of children.Sad Sad Sad But it can be inspiring than depressing so I don t want to scare off any potential reader.The illustrations are outstanding They wonderfully capture the children and their expressiveness, and the various settings, including the beauty of the natural world The pictures are lovely and really add to the story.

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    One of my favorite books of 2012 is Jacqueline Woodson s Each Kindness, and now, I am happy to say, it has won the 2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award given by the Cooperative Children s Book Center The story begins one snowy, wintry day when a new girl named Maya is introduced to Chloe s elementary school class The first thing Chloe notices is that Maya s clothes are shabby and she has on spring shoes in winter Sitting next to Chloe, Maya makes one friendly overture after another but each time Chloe turns aways and rebuffs her Even in the schoolyard, whenever Maya comes over and asks Chloe and her friends to play jacks, jump rope, pick up sticks, they turn their backs on her and walk away Maya is different from everyone else, she s the girl with funny food, second hand clothes and shoes, not the kind of person they want to associate with Then one day, Maya doesn t come to school That morning the teacher gives her students a lesson on kindness and the ripple effect our actions have in the world She tells the class the Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world Each child is give a stone to drop into a bowl of water to see its ripple effect and to tell of a act of kindness they have recently done Even small things count, the teacher tells Chloe, but sadly, she has not a single kindness to report and has to give up her stone.After a few days absence, the teacher announces that Maya has moved and will not be returning to the class In the afternoon, walking home from school, Chloe has a lot on her mind, thinking about what the teacher had said about kindness and how she had missed her chance with Maya and now, it was too late But what about the future What a powerful book this is Told completely from the point of view of the person refusing to be kind to a person who could really use some kindness, we see her thinking process Even though she doesn t say exactly why she turned away from Maya, the reader can see that she had judged Maya by the way she looked and not who she was a lonely little girl who only wanted to be friends Set against the beautiful soft watercolor illustrations by E.B Lewis, and using language to match, Woodson gives a hard cruel picture of what unkindness can look it What makes this a really powerful book, however, is that there is no sweet resolution at the end This may be hard for kids to take, but it should generate all kinds of discussion in school, at home or the library about Chloe s behavior as well as her regrets Chloe has missed her chance, Maya is gone The question that remains is what will Chloe do next time I can t praise Each Kindness enough What a very different world this might be if we all acted with kindness each time the opportunity presents itself And as we learn in Woodson s story, even small things count.This book is recommended for readers age 6 This book was borrowed from Webster Branch of the NYPL

  8. says:

    We re reading Estes The Hundred Dresses for book club in December, so this new picture book immediately struck me as similar They re both stories about a new girl in school who is treated as an outcast because her clothes are shabby and she seems culturally different from the other kids And spoiler alert in both books the poor bullied girl moves away before the mean girls can realize how terrible they ve been and apologize I think what makes Each Kindness special is that it distills the essence of a very big subject in kid lit bullying The kids in Each Kindness are probably in 2nd or 3rd grade, so this story can speak to very young kids, which is great It may only take a few minutes to read, but I think it could have a big impact The central positive image in the book is the ripple effect of a stone dropped in water, which is likened to the effects of doing something kind It s a great image It has the same kind of resonance the phrase pay it forward had for awhile It makes you feel like each nice thing you do really can make the world a better place It s also interesting how Woodson doesn t make her bully seem that terrible Chloe s certainly not as bad as Peggy in THD Because the reader sees things from the bully s POV, we can feel sympathetic for Chloe and sort of understand how she falls into bullying without really choosing it The bullying depicted in the book is relatively mild, mostly involving ignoring and excluding Maya, never harassing or attacking her Of course, this book is message y, but not forcefully so When our main character, Chloe, realizes that she should ve shown Maya kindness, it s a quiet revelation And the book in the end is pretty sad Chloe is stuck with her regrets and we don t know when she ll get another chance to show someone kindness Like her predecessor Wanda Petronski, we never know what happens to Maya.

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    Maybe because Maya s new, maybe because she seems a little different from the rest of her classmates, or maybe for some secret, never revealed reason, Chloe and her friends ignore the new girl s offerings of friendship They refuse to play with her or even return her smiles and call her names because of her hand me down clothes When Chloe fails to appear for class on the same day that the students teacher gives a lesson on the ripple effects of our actions, Chloe realizes too late that she has missed the chance to extend kindness to Maya The message is delivered poignantly, rippling out from the book s pages in the same fashion that a stone thrown into water continues to have its effect on the water long after it s been thrown The watercolor illustrations show Maya s shyness and hopefulness, and Chloe s stubborn reluctance to give her the time of day The last two pages are filled with shimmering greens and a sense of loss for a missed opportunity to brighten someone else s day with the simplest act Some reviewers have seen this title as one that ends on a despairing note, but I don t see it that way Chloe has learned her lesson, and her regret will prompt her to make sure that she treats the next Maya who crosses her path with kindness This is another wonderful title sure to prompt discussion about the different ways we bully others It s also a reminder that the teachers in our lives sometimes deliver their lessons in subtle ways.

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    I liked this book a lot I thought that the slightly out of focus aspect of the illustrations gave it the quality of memory, and this is what the book is about Chloe s deeply regretful memory of a lesson that she did not learn soon enough I loved that it was painfully realistic about this common form of bullying and that no saccharine ending was employed or for that matter, a saccharine prelude in the form of a lesson from the teacher who may have regrets of her own here Maya was clearly drawn in a realistic and sympathy evoking manner Any child hearing this story will understand the wrong being done and the group dynamics at play I particularly liked the casual heartbreaking cruelty about the day Maya wore a nice dress Adults behave this way, as well as schoolchildren Chloe is different at the end of this book, which packs a big punch in a small package The best of the Jane Addams Children s Book Award winners shelf that I ve read so far.