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I already have 2 other books by this author and my preschool class loves hearing the stories and learning how to manage their big, sometimes scary feelings. In this book, children learn about the importance of kindness. The illustrations are beautiful, and the rhyming is great, with not an overwhelming amount of text on each page. I would highly recommend this book.
My children loved this book, and I loved the message. The illustrations are bright and colourful, and we had fun naming the animals on the farm and talking about how each of the animals were feeling and why they felt the way that they did. It is a great pick up to have a nice afternoon reading and learning about kindness and how our actions effect others.
This book was a delight to read. The rhyming story was so cute and engaging! A little boy named Nick taught all of the animals on his grandparents farm what "kindness" is all about. The story goes on to show how each farm animal then tries to show how they will use kindness in their daily lives too! A wonderful book that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end!
I was disappointed with this as it doesn’t help children to deal with emotions at all. What would be helpful was if the character was feeling perhaps sad, frustrated, angry and so on and the story showed that it was okay to feel those emotions (it is! natural and healthy to feel any emotion) but ways in which to deal with them so that you’re being kind, gentle, thoughtful etc.
Instead the animals are called “rude” for disagreeing (disagreements are a part of life and can be learning experiences) and the attitude is very much one of “wear a smile”, however you’re feeling, which does the opposite of helping children understand their emotions, process and actually deal with them. Development of Emotional literacy at a young age can help children to become adults who understand their emotions and support them in having better mental health, This kind of “sweep it under the rug” lesson does the opposite, maybe your child will act kind for a bit and push down their “bad” emotions but this is really out of date with current understandings of child development and what actually helps with genuine long term emotional literacy.
A really lovely, positive book for teaching young children the importance of kindness. I bought this for my 4 year old after he has been struggling with sharing his toys and has been going through a very snatchy stage! He loved me reading this book to him today, we read it 4 times back to back! He loved that in the story the animals had to learn to be kind too, he loves animals and that helped a lot with getting the message of the book through to him. The book is very well written, clearly by an excellent writer. I really recommend this book to other young children :)
It is possible to have fun with your family And be kind to others and love them and respect your neighbours and other people who want to help you like when they take care of your life and you will never miss out on the fun