Welcome back, dear readers!
Surprise! This week, instead of my regular interview with a KidLit professional, I am reviewing a book!
So, let's dive in as I introduce to you this newly released picture book, Kindness is a Kite String, written by Michelle Schaub and illustrated by Claire LaForte, published by Cardinal Rule Press (April 1, 2021).
Description by the publisher:
During a year fraught with a global pandemic, racial injustice, a combative political season and a “new normal” way of living, Kindness is a Kite String is a welcome, cheerful, and simple story designed to embrace diversity and encourage empathy.
Have you ever felt sunshine warm on your face? Watched a kite soar? Crossed over a bridge? Kindness is a Kite String describes kindness through experiences children will find familiar, using similes and metaphors. The story guides the reader through a journey of the power of empathy and explains how kindness spreads happiness like sunshine; ultimately connecting diverse groups of people and the community at large.
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This uplifting story with easy rhymes explores many simple ways for kids to be kind ― from a caring hug to a helping hand or a friendly smile... Just a small gesture "starts the day off right" and creates a ripple of empathy, support, and connection.
The bright illustrations complement the mood of positivity and consideration for others as the pictures demonstrate the immediate effect kindness can have. Multi-cultural representation and diversity are also reflected in the art, adding a layer of inclusivity.
A detailed before/while/after-reading guide for parents and educators is included within the book's copyright page with a list of questions and discussion prompts to help adults expand on the reading experience.
In addition, there's a back matter about similes and metaphors for use in the classroom.
Overall, this is a nice book to share with your kids or students!
Disclosure: A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion in review.
About Rosie J. Pova
Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author and kid lit Writing Coach. She's the creator of Picture Book Mastery System™ that is proven to help emerging children's writers advance their career and get closer to their publishing goals.
Rosie's latest picture book, Sunday Rain, was featured in The New York Times and recommended by Parents magazine. Her upcoming picture book, The School of Failure: A Story About Success will be released in the spring of 2022 in both China and the USA.
Rosie also loves to visit schools and her interactive workshops empower students to unleash their creativity and grow in confidence through reading, writing, and creating. Teachers and librarians love Rosie for her bubbly, upbeat personality which captures students' attention, encourages them to think creatively, and motivates them to pursue big dreams.
She has been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, and print media, and also speaks on women's and moms’ topics, sharing her journey from a Bulgarian immigrant to a published author.
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