Laurel, MD – Kindness can be a struggle. Everyone at some point has been exposed to unkind people. Children are no exception. Sometimes they can see that behavior and copy it. Other times, they may have trouble with kindness for other reasons; they may be frustrated, angry or jealous. Sometimes children just don’t know that they are doing anything wrong. They might not even what the word kindness means.
In a world where we strive to overcome bullies, it is helpful to have a reminder of what kindness looks like. Try a Little Kindness by Henry Cole seeks to provide a guide for young children.
What does kindness look like?
The text is simple. The theme of kindness being fun surfaces several times throughout the book. It reminds readers to use manners such as please and thank you. It encourages generosity through sharing and letting other go before you, and promotes inclusivity with its advice to invite someone over to play and being an ally.
But amidst all the general kindness the book advises, there are lessons for adult too. Things like writing thank you notes, picking up trash, and holding the door are everyday kindnesses that are too often forgotten in our hurry-up and go lifestyle.
Reminders to do something unexpected, help without being asked, and visiting someone who is lonely are things that everyone can benefit from these days.
Illustrated with animals engaged in kind acts, the pictures help make the concept of kindness more relatable for children. A shark reading a book to a school of fish, foxes playing Red Rover with a chicken, a mouse looking to play ball with a new neighbor are some of the playful images that fill the pages with examples of each action.
In a world where many feel rushed and forget the little niceties, to dealing with bullies and just the childhood business of growing up, Try a Little Kindness is a helpful reminder of what modeling positive behaviors for children looks like.
Try a Little Kindness by Henry Cole was published by Scholastic Press on October 30, 2018. It is available as a hardcover picture book. ISBN: 9781338256413