As a parent, it was important to me to teach my children good values. One of the things I have always tried to teach them, and provide them with plenty of examples, is kindness. I live by example too.
Kindness comes in many forms, from a smile (something we can’t see anymore wearing masks), saying “hello.” Holding a door open. Helping a neighbor bring in groceries. Asking a classmate how their day is going and actually listen to what they have to say. There are thousands of ways to show kindness. It doesn’t cost a thing except a few moments of your time.
I work with children. I am always trying to teach them examples of kind things they can do, from lending someone a pencil, to helping a fellow classmate with their homework.
There is a new book published by Cardinal Rule Press, that gives children examples of kindness, and challenges them to think of other ways you can give, and connect to kindness through similes and metaphors. The books is called Kindness is a Kite String by Michelle Schaub. The book was illustrated by Claire LaForte.
This beautiful book features rhyming text (which children enjoy) that is not only filled with examples of kindness, but it also gives similes and metaphors meant to challenge children to think of other ways kindness can be felt and expressed.
The book is meant to open up a dialogue between children and parents about ways to show kindness. It also challenges children to think of the many ways that they can show kindness towards others.
Inside the book you’ll also find suggestions on ways you can utilize this book, as well as suggestions on topics you and your child can talk about before and after reading the book.
I love that this book is thought provoking. I think is wonderful of the author to show children how kindness can spread more kindness. One of the examples given was with dominos. If you tap one, they all fall down because they are connected. What they mean by that metaphor is that when you touch someone with kindness, they in turn could do something kind for someone else, and so on. It’s certainly a lovely idea.
This book was beautifully written and the colorful illustrations add to the story.
The book is not yet available for purchase (it’s released on April 1, 2021). It’s ideal for children ages 5-7 (although younger and older children can enjoy it too). It has 32 pages. The reading level would be kindergarten to second grade.
If you are interested in learning more about this and other books from Cardinal Rule Press, visit CardinalRulePress.com.
*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.