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The Nice Book

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  73 reviews
It's so nice to be nice! Cuddle
Don't tickle
. . . well, maybe a little.
Love was meant to be passed on.

An adorable menagerie of irrestible animals populate this gentle look at friendship. Getting close to someone is an art and these little creatures demonstrate the simple ways to show you care. David Ezra Stein's expressive illustrations ooze charm and will
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Putnam Publishing Group
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Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
oh my goodness, my kids BOTH love this book! If you have 2 of something, share. give hugs! be nice!
Linda Patchett
Stein has written another gentle book that has heart and wisdom. He gives children practical advice on being nice. The reader will find the straightforward, rhyming text easy to understand and remember. Examples: "When you get in a snit, don't hit. Say how you feel." or "Sing a Song to Someone or Sing to Yourself." His animal drawings are full of expression and movement which mirror the behaviors and feelings described in the text. I respect that the book's message includes being nice to oneself ...more
Janet Luch
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The large, bold pictures make it easy to understand the meaning of each word or phrase defining kindness. The colorful illustrations and the cute side comments keep young children's interest. This book is great for preschool and primary grade children as they develop their vocabulary and writing skills. ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: board-books
2.5yo isn’t into new books right now, but he put up with this one. I like the gentle rhyme and the message. It does get a bit bossy at times, but is still a great explainer if what nice is for the toddler set.
Sue Mosher
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this little book about love. "Love was meant to be passed on." Especially loved the endpapers covered in fun, loving words like "magnanimous monkeys" and "benevolent bunnies". ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet book about how to be kind to others.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a nice book!
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: being-polite
I wasn't too interested in this book. ...more
Emmett Griffo
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Theme: kindness, love, friendship, animals

This is a short, quick read but with powerful messages about how to treat others and good for all ages. This is one to own and read over and over again!
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think we can use more books like this in our current state of affairs. Wonderful little board book about kindness, listening to others, and how to show compassion.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet concepts, simple pictures, very nice book!
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Animals showing love with a word or phrase on each page. Some great vocabulary for kids and good for social emotional learning.
Heydi Smith
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-one-on-one
A beautiful, sentimental read that can kids understand nice activities. It’s also fun to guess what animal is on the page.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Tips on how to be nice.
Joey Gremillion
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very subtle way of conveying manners and civil behavior without preaching and social justice hegemony.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Meh. Fine but nothing amazing!
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very simple but good message.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I wanted to feel cozy today and it fit the bill.
Mary Ann
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good gift for a toddler.
Los Gatos Library
Grownups will often say "Be nice!" but that can be a little vague. David Ezra Stein's book helps with the specifics. "When you get in a snit, don't hit -- say how you feel," and "Hear what someone has to say," are among some of the tried and true tips. Each of these guidelines is accompanied by an illustration of animals, done in acrylic paint, inks, china marker and digital techniques. The pictures look like finger paintings, with the details drawn in with ink. They are bold and colorful and fu ...more
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Stein is the author of one of my favorite picture books, _Leaves_, and has created another endearing book reminding readers that "love was meant to be passed on".

A variety of friendly animals (featuring kindhearted koalas, amiable alligators, and lovable lemurs)depict how to treat one another, while variations in font and text size reveal the rhyming advice:
"LOOK...but don't stare. If you have more than you need, SHARE."

The art is done in a combination of sketches and acrylic paint, and has a l
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
A sweet book that is elevated to terrific in a few places as in the two feisty red birds " when you get in a snit, don't hit", and the sweet blue mice with the great lines "Look after someone little, we're all little." While all the art is charming, the pages where it just reads "giggle" or "cuddle" don't work as well as where there is the simple one line thought about thoughtfulness. However, that is a minor crank in a book of major charm. Etiquette for the little ones in a most appealing forma ...more
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is such a simple book (most pages only have one word) but it carries such a sweet and deep message. With beautifully painted illustrations, Stein, using animals, portrays different ways that we can be nice to those around us. This would be a great book to use when teaching kids the importance of being nice. And although it is probably more appropriate for the pre-K ages, I think that it would be appropriate in an elementary for K-3.
Kim Struyk
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stein, D.E. (2008). The nice book. New York: Putnam Juvenile

Starred review by The Horn Book Guide & School Library Journal

Choice book

I love the easy, simple message in this story. It is a sweet book that can remind people of all ages to be kind. I would read this to my class on a regular basis, and perhaps before I give out "acts of kindness" awards in a Kindergarten or pre-school class.

Marc Noday
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Nice Book by David Ezra Stein was another one of my choces. To me the point of this book was to teach kids what type of behavior is acceptable in certain situations. I enjoyed how the illustrations in this book seemed as if a young child had drawn them. The coloring is out of the lines and the detail is erratic.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it liked it
I would totally be more into this book if the text didn't remind me of a bad cheerleading chant, "take time. get away. hear what someone has to say". GO TEAM!

I do have to adore the look though, great typesets and paint swipes with charcoal accents building the forms.
Ruth Ann
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Of course I loved the sentiment of this book, but I adored the artwork even more. The illustrations are embellished finger paintings. Kids would have a ball imitating the author's style and making their own "nice" book. ...more
Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Is, well, nice. Loved the endpapers with animal adjectives alliterations all: Friendly frogs; pleasant penguins, etc.
Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Very "nice" book indeed. The illustrations were fascinating: messy tempura paint blobs with sparse black lines that make the characters come alive! ...more
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for introducing kind behavior with small children. The illustrations are wonderful!
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David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.

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