The beauty and depth of honesty in this story, Each Kindness, took my breath away.
Title: Each Kindness
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Pictures: E.B. Lewis
Publishing: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012
Themes: Friendship, Values, Emotions & Feelings
Synopsis from Amazon: Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.
My Thoughts: I’ll be using this story at the beginning of the year with my new class of wonderful ones.
I know they will be touched by Maya and Chloe’s story, a story of choices, rejection, missed opportunities, regret.
I hope to have a character building lesson each Friday. The lesson used by Chloe’s teacher will be perfect.
“This is what kindness does”, Ms. Albert said. “Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.”
She demonstrates to the children how the ripples from one little rock dropping into a bowl of water are akin to the ripples that extend from one small act of kindness.
I have the perfect gold trimmed glass bowl I’m going to bring to school.
Every Friday, each child will have the opportunity to place a small polished river rock in the water-filled bowl while naming a small act of kindness they extended to another person.
I think it will be a beautiful weekly ritual and the perfect way to remember the important things in life.
A huge thanks to Barbara from The Corner for introducing me to this important book.
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