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Be Kind

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  2,763 ratings  ·  558 reviews
A picture book about the power of kindness.

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind. From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Roaring Brook Press
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Maria Espadinha
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Power of Kindness

Be Kind and change the world!

This book is a Gem 😍

Deserves all the Stars in the Galaxy!🤩🤩🤩...
It's easy to be Kind, but it's quite another to figure out how to be kind. It can be quite complicated. This warm little book explores how complex these 2 little words can be. I think this shows there needs to be real contemplation on the issue.

This book is so beautiful. It has a simple message. It explores the issue deeply for a quick book. I'm sold on it.

The kids enjoyed the story too. They started trying to think of things to do to be kind in the situations. It was fun to hear.
Jillian Heise
A thoughtful, introspective look at what it means to be kind and empathetic toward others, from the viewpoint of a child. A must-share for every classroom.
ETA: I shared with students, and many of their comments related to an appreciation that the book is concrete in sharing specific little things they can do to show kindness. The little gestures matter a lot. Another 4th grader said, "it's inspiring"
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
That kid is a total Hufflepuff.
Angie Hull
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Two simple words - Be Kind!
Three simple words - READ THIS BOOK!
Three more simple words - SHARE WITH EVERYONE!

I received an Advanced Reading Copy in order to give this review.

This amazing picture book brings to light the importance of small acts of kindness and how small acts of kindness can grow to make a really big impact. This will be shared every year with the students I teach! Beautiful pictures meet the perfect words to create this fantastic story.
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just cannot get enough of this picture book. I read it for the first time in 2018 I guess.
This book reminds me how I can be kind with the simplest gestures. If we adults do not know how to be kind, I do not know how to teach kids on how to be kind. This one is one good book to read along with kids.
Edward Sullivan
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great mediation on what it means to be kind.
La Coccinelle
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is a really sweet book. What starts out as a little girl wondering how to help her upset friend turns into a gentle meditation on kindness, and shows the reader all the little things--just small acts of kindness--that can have a ripple effect in the world. Sometimes it's offering a helping hand; other times, it's as simple as addressing someone by name.

In today's world, books like this are a welcome breath of fresh air. We shouldn't need to be reminded to be kind, but sometimes we do. This
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looks really simple from the outside, but there is nothing simple about this book. Fresh take on the “be kind” theme!
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
The message of kindness is relatable to children. The illustrations and wonderful.
Hákon Gunnarsson
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
One of the narrators classmates is having a bad day, and she starts to think about what being kind to someone means.

It is a nice book with a positive message for kids, and the illustrations are quite good as well.
Jesa Burgoyne
NEWTS readathon
Career: Wandmaker
Subject: Herbology
Prompt: Nettle plant-book that might be impactful
Grade: E, Exceeded Expectations
Every day when we wake up is an opportunity; an opportunity to make a difference. We make a difference with a goodbye hug for family members, a smile at a stranger, a wave to a neighbor and words of encouragement to those we teach. A single act of kindness can change a day not just for one individual but for many. That single act is like the proverbial pebble dropped in water; it ripples outward.

Cultivating a habit of being kind is one of the single best things we can do for others and for us. B
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I randomly found this in a bookstore and was caught by the cover and title. Then I actually read it and really loved the story and its message. This is not a preachy book, just a good message for kids—and humans in general: be kind, the many possible ways to do that, and how its effects can spread. All said in a way that kids can understand. Plus, there’s a lot of purple in it, which I love. 💜
I enjoyed this book so much, I bought a copy for my nieces. I don’t think I can recommend this book more
A young girl contemplates what kindness might be and what forms it could take after one of her classmates, Tanisha, spills grape juice on her new dress and everyone else laughs at her. The girl tries to think of something to say to make Tanisha feel better, but all that comes out is "Purple is my favorite color," which makes Tanisha run out of the room. We definitely need more kindness in the world and having discussions with young folks about what kindness is and how we can be more kind can hel ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Oh goodness is this a fabulous book! Told from the viewpoint of a child, this story tells of ways to be kind and empathetic towards others. The little things can make a huge difference. It jumps up the list as one of my favorite books. I can't wait to read this book to my class! ...more
What begins as "the grape-juice incident" quickly morphs into a young person's musings on what it means to be kind. Sometimes being kind means different things to different people, and the impact of one small kindness can be felt long after the original action. Delightful. ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
When a young girl sees a classmate having a bad day, she muses on what it means to be kind.

I liked the artwork by Jen Hill.

Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweet story about random and purposeful acts of kindness and how they can make a difference to someone's world. Kindness is contagious. ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of this book. It goes into what kindness actually means and how one small kindness can gradually snowball to a giant snowball.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was read for One Book One School.

TBH, my class couldn't find anything wrong with this book. It has very nice illustrations and a very nice storyline.
#101 of 2020

Good message and lesson.
Since my students and I had recently read and discussed Wonder by R. J. Palacio, I was excited to read this picture book. After all, it explores what it means to be kind and how sometimes a kind action may even be misinterpreted. But choosing to be kind might be as easy as doing or saying small things that add up to a lot or make a difference in someone's life. After Tanisha ruins her new dress with a grape juice spill, the narrator doesn't laugh like the rest of their classmates, but tries to s ...more
I really loved this book. Obviously no one can really object to the core message of this book--be kind. However there are umpteen children's books about being kind, and few are as effective in conveying their message as this story is.

Here are a few things this book does to help teach children what it means to be kind.

1. It frames kindness as a conscious act, something that requires thought and effort. Kindness isn't always easy:

"Everyone laughed. I almost did too, but Mom always tells me to be k
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Compassion & Kindness
Shelves: picture-books
What does it mean to be kind? What should one do, to be kind? Is it a simple matter, a complex one, or perhaps a little of both? These are some of the questions addressed in author Pat Zietlow Miller's appropriately named new picture-book, Be Kind. Opening as the young narrator witnesses a classmate and friend's embarrassment, at having spilled grape juice all over herself, it considers how best to help in such a situation, before broadening the narrative to encompass the topic of kindness in ge ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We don’t even know what to say except Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Illustrated by Jen Hill should live in every classroom, every home, and every library! What a special book Pat & Jen have created. In a time where there is so much going on, reminding us that “being kind can be easy” but it also says it can be hard and sometimes scary. This book is a great reminder of how we can begin and continue to spread kindness from all different places.

When Tanisha gets grape juice spilled on her, all
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When Tanisha spilled grape juice on her dress, the others in class laughed at her until she ran out of the room. But one child doesn’t laugh and tries to make her feel better by saying that they love the color purple too. That child narrates the book and wonders what the kind thing or better thing to do would have been. Maybe kindness is giving? Or could it be helping? Is it paying attention? Using people’s names? It can be hard to be kind, to stand up to others, to be the lone voice. And someti ...more
Christine Irvin
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little girl is at school when her classmate, Tanisha, spills grape juice on her dress. Everyone else in the class laughs, but not this little girl. Her mother has taught her to be kind. So she tells Tanisha that purple is her favorite color. She thought that would make Tanisha feel better, but it didn't.

During art class, while the little girl is painting a bunch of violets, she's thinking about what it really means to be kind. Is it giving cooking to your neighbor who lives alone? Is it givin
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A little girl spills purple paint all over her new dress and everyone in art class laughs except one girl who wants to be kind. She wonders how to be kind to her friend. She thinks of all sorts of kind things that she can do for the people around her, but returns to wondering what she can do for this friend in particular. she paints her a picture with purple flowers (both girl's favorite color) that she can hang on her wall when she gets home.

The purpose of this book is to open a dialogue with c
With so much ugliness in the world today, kindness has become more important than ever. But sometimes we don't know how. In this story, a young girl witnesses a fellow student spill a drink on herself and the rest of the students laughing about it. She remembers her mother's advice to be kind, so she doesn't. And when her first effort to be kind doesn't seem to work, she's not sure what to do. While she works on a project in art class, she wonders about what it means to be kind. After thinking a ...more
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