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How Kind!

by Mary Murphy
 
One good turn deserves another - and another - in this universal tale about the contagiousness of being kind.

Hen gives Pig an unexpected present. "How kind!" says Pig. Pig is so touched, in fact, that he decides to do something kind too. So Pig gives Rabbit a gift. "How kind!" says Rabbit, who does something kind for Cow, who is kind to

Overview

One good turn deserves another - and another - in this universal tale about the contagiousness of being kind.

Hen gives Pig an unexpected present. "How kind!" says Pig. Pig is so touched, in fact, that he decides to do something kind too. So Pig gives Rabbit a gift. "How kind!" says Rabbit, who does something kind for Cow, who is kind to Cat, who wants to be kind in turn. Where will all of this kindness lead?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Just right for board book, How Kind! by Mary Murphy received a starred review from PW upon its original publication in 2002: "Streamlined compositions complement the straightforward message in this circular tale in which one good deed hatches another (and another and another)." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this engaging and endearing picture book, a gaggle of barnyard characters learns by example to pay small kindnesses to one another. From Hen to Pig to Rabbit to Cow to Cat and finally full circle back to Hen, a domino effect is set in motion through a simple dialogue and individualized acts. The repetitive wording lends itself to having a wee child "memorize" the book and, in time, "read" it out loud to the adults who may first have read it to him or her. It is also a book that will nurture beginning readers and instill a sense of confidence in them. Broad splashes of color, large images, and a large, casual, kid-friendly font, make for an open, accessible visual presentation. Although this book does not attempt to preach with heavy moral overtones, it does set a good example. As the book's lovable, anthromorphized characters do their good deeds, they also internalize a sense that what they are doing is the right thing to do. 2002, Candlewick Press,
— Susan Schott Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Using the theme that kindness begets kindness, Murphy depicts barnyard animals exchanging gifts. The boldly inked outlines filled with bright washes of color perfectly capture the friends' joyous expressions as they surprise one another with presents. The cycle begins when hen gives pig an egg. Pig replies, "How kind!" Then he gives a carrot to rabbit, who gives flowers to cow, who gives milk to cat, who plays with dog, who scratches pig's back with a stick. The thoughtfulness comes full circle when pig presents hen with her newly hatched chick. Although the story line is a bit simplistic and didactic, most children will appreciate the repetition and eye-catching illustrations in this easy-to-read book.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Good deeds beget good deeds in this graphically bold and bright celebration of benevolence. Hen gives Pig an egg, a kindness that inspires him to give a carrot to Rabbit, who in turn picks flowers for Cow, and so on until Pig returns the initial favor by presenting Hen with a chick-hatched from her original egg. The clever turn of events leaves readers wondering if Hen has hornswoggled Pig into doing the work of hatching her egg, or if she is simply thanking him for the gift? The youngest readers and listeners will not be distracted by such concerns and will enjoy shouting out "How kind!" as it's repeated throughout the text; they may also be inspired to emulate the animals and take turns doing one another kindnesses. Electric pink, sky blue, yellow, orange, purple, and tennis-ball-green ink-and-wash illustrations outlined in heavy black add to the cheer and are complemented by the loose yet readable typeface, created by and named for Murphy (Koala and the Flower, not reviewed, etc.). For just plain storytime fun or for introducing the concept of karma, this is a winner. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763623074
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
01/14/2004
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
284,127
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 6.67(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Murphy has an advanced diploma in Visual Communications and has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including her lift-the-flap, pull-the-tab book about friendship, ROXIE AND BO TOGETHER. In addition to creating books, Mary Murphy teaches illustration. HOW KIND!, she says, is about "the great feelings kindness generates, for giver and receiver. It’s about how kindness spreads - and how givers always receive. Try shouting ‘How kind!’ whenever you read it in this book."

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