K-Gr 2-In this wordless story about a circle of kindness, a boy leaves the lion's share of his fresh muffin with a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. When the man wakes, he shares crumbs with two birds that feed them to a fledgling. Later, the young bird flies down from its nest, picks up a seed that the man offers from his palm, and deposits it in the window box of the boy who is later blessed with an enormous sunflower. Carmi sparingly accessorizes the line drawings with color, using gold, scarlet, or green to highlight an element on each page that will carry the kindness forward. This simple tale in the spirit of Sarah Marwil Lamstein's I Like Your Buttons (Albert Whitman, 1999) and Cindy McKinley's One Smile (Illumination Arts, 2002) makes its point without being didactic or overly sentimental.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
A gentle and lucid, though wordless, picture book with beautiful and unusual illustrations. A small boy gazes out his window, asks his mother for money for a treat, and goes off to the local bakery. When returning home, he sees a homeless man asleep on a bench, and leaves his muffin, mostly uneaten, beside him. The homeless man wakes to the muffin and with a beatific expression, consumes most of it, but saves a few crumbs for the birds in the tree above him. When one of the baby birds flies down for more, the man finds a sunflower seed in his pocket, which the bird struggles with but ultimately leaves in the window box outside the boy's window. The last frame is of a splendid sunflower unfurling itself while the boy looks on. The pictures are rendered in a delicate monocolor line technique, with one object in each in full color: the boy, the muffin, the baby bird, the sunflower. Sweet but not cloying. (Picture book. 4-7)