What If Everybody Said That?
What if everybody chose to be kind?
If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But what if everybody thought...more
Lyra (12): 4. Totally sweet, with a nice moral about how people should try to find the best in people. I like it when they put words in the background,. I liked the hair a lot. Okay, it's a bit repetitive, but overall I thought ...more
Artwork: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars
A cute book I think everyone should read to their kids. (Definitely will with my niece). Some kids and parents I see at work sometimes.. makes me think about how my parents would just give us a Look and we'd behave.
I don't want to say much and spoil it but would definitely recommend. :)
The artwork was nice and seemed a bit retro. I liked the fonts used.
This book would be good for young children who are struggling with saying mean things and being too critical of others. It successfully explains how that behavior can negatively impact others.
What really makes me scratch my head is that while I see this is trying to have some good message for kids, I honestly would have found this a pretty boring book when I was a kid into picture books. Granted, that wasn't a long period, but still.
One little girl was asked by a group of boys if they could play pirates with her. She replied with “no boys allowed.” In class, this same little girl made fun of the art projects of the other children, the children were sad and no longer wanted to ...more
I was disappointed with this book. It showed mostly examples of fairly mean, bullying behavior by the main character. There was ample opportunity to provide understanding for the main character of how bullying feels once they are on the receiving end. Unfortunately, there were none. Bullies rarely have epiphanies and just apologize, especially at this age. The opportunity to teach an important lesson that has been plaguing our society for generations was lost.
I completely understand the lesson the author is trying to teach primary grade students. It is a valuable lesson. But the first page does not take into account the way her story could be interpreted by these young students.
She begins with a girl who is asked if others can play with her responds with,”No boys allowed.” To the question, “What if everybody said that?” Examples are given, “no freckles allowed,” “no climbing for girls,” and “no big kids.”
Younger children might ...more
I loved the book WHAT IF EVERYBODY DID? I began my school year with that book last year. During the year I would occasionally hear a student say. "What if everybody did?" I would smile knowing the message of the book caught on. Now this one presents our words to others in that way. Both books have enough humor to get in the message and do it with a smile.
I thought the book would focus more on how we should talk nicely to others. Instead I felt like it only focused on the mean things kids could say to each other. Only the last page shows the girls being nice and talking nicely to others. I am so glad I didn't read this with my kids. I will not be reading this to my kids.
What if Everybody Said That?
Words by Ellen Javernick
Pictures by Colleen Madden
Thank you to Blue Slip Media and Two Lions Publishing for the free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
The little girl who is the main character in What if Everybody Said That? will immediately remind you of someone you’ve encountered, or perhaps even of yourself at one time. She’s a little girl who never thinks of anyone, but herself. She’s one who never “thinks before she speaks”, ...more
This book was incompatible with my Kindle. When I tried to read it on my phone’s kindle app, it was too small to read and would not allow me to enlarge it. When I turned my phone sideways, it enlarged the print, but cutoff a third of the page. I really tried to overcome the obstacles and managed to piece together the storyline. Great concept, but issues in the delivery, thus the one star rating.
Illustrations mainly featured negative facial expressions. Good desire to teach ...more
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Hello, friends! Our book today is What If Everybody Said That?, written by Ellen Javernick and illustrated by Colleen Madden, a lesson in considering the impact our words and actions can have on others.
A little girl with a host of bad manners displays her rudeness in number of scenarios, beginning with not allowing boys to play with her in the park. “What if everybody said that?” the boys’ ...more
While ok, it's not anything special.... "What if Everybody Said That?" Maybe if everybody Said the truth about these " be nicy-nice" propaganda books someone would actually write something worth reading.
A bit of the problem is that saying "That's mean" to honest answers discourages HONESTY! Many of the examples could have been honest belief instead mean bullying.
I know many people who buy wrong style (think bikini on 200lb woman or stripes that does wrong look). Friends should be ...more
This book is a great bedtime story! It teaches kids to be more kind and to take other people’s feeling into consideration.
There’s various scenarios that are brought up to where mean things are said. After each scene my son and I discussed what was the correct way i treat others in the scenario.
A picture book with a message. I like the message that people should be kinder to each other, but this book falls a little flat on delivering that message. Great, colorful illustrations.
I received a digital copy of this book via ...more