The Smile Machine: (Frankie and Peaches: Tales of Total Kindness Book 3)

The Smile Machine: (Frankie and Peaches: Tales of Total Kindness Book 3)


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The citizens of Sad-Grumpy will not smile, and they will not say hello. When Frankie finds out that Sad-Grumpy has no beautiful flowers or green, leafy trees, she calls on her friends the Purplees to deliver the extra-special ingredients for a Smile Machine. By the light of the Halloween moon, Frankie and Peaches set off on a mission to give the gloomy Sad-Grumpys their very first, very nice day.

Kindness is contagious! Frankie and Peaches can’t wait to pass it on…

Follow along with Frankie and Peaches in these engaging, heart-warming kindness capers that show children every act of kindness counts!

The Smile Machine is the third book in the Frankie and Peaches series. Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Srimalie Bassani, these whimsically rhyming stories were created to help children explore and understand the concepts of empathy, compassion, and kindness and encourage them to believe they can have a positive impact on their world.

Series Description

Brave, big-hearted Frankie and her floppy-eared pal Peaches have a very long can't-wait-to-do list: grow butterflies, make marshmallow shoes, grow a smile machine, make some furry-feathery friends, and end the Math Monday blues. But their most important mission of all is to spread kindness by breaking the chain of bad feelings, turning frowns into smiles and bullies into buddies. Join Frankie, Peaches, and the Thanks-Welcome Kindness Crew as they help others go from sad and blue to woo-hoo and find out why it’s important to care–why it's always cool to be kind!

Each title in the series contains discussion questions for parents and teachers.

Frankie and Peaches: Tales of Total Kindness is published by Favorite World Press.

Be kind to the planet: when you read F&P, we plant a tree!

Favorite World Press is an American Forests small business partner. For every print or e-book purchased from the Frankie and Peaches Tales of Total Kindness series, Favorite World Press will plant one tree helping to create more green space and a healthier planet for future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948751063
Publisher: Favorite World Press LLC
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Frankie and Peaches: Tales of Total Kindness , #3
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

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The Smile Machine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This is a fun story that I look forward to reading with my daughter in the next couple of years. It's a quirky, fun read that follows Frankie and her quest to bring happiness to the town of "Sad-Grumpy". The story uses a loose rhyme scheme that makes it fun to read out loud, but the naming conventions for the streets and towns can make some of the text a bit confusing on the first read-through. The author uses capitalization to show it's a proper name of a street, but perhaps italics would have helped as well. Other than that, the story flows well and is very entertaining. Frankie helps the town of Sad-Grumpy by growing flowers (a Smile Machine) for them to be happy about. Visually, the book is well illustrated. Each page is well constructed, full of color and plenty of items for young readers to explore. The only knock on the visuals is the text on the signs. It seems like text was just slapped on, instead of drawn to match the depth of the rest of the picture. It's not a big deal, just a small thing a child would not notice.
MegThomas 12 months ago
Children’s books have a big responsibility that is often underrated. The language and story is simple, but this does not mean its impact isn’t lasting. Some of the most resonant children’s books are the simplest, which is how I’d categorise Lisa L. French’s story, The Smile Machine. It’s a story about a little girl called Frankie and her dog Peaches, who live in a town with both happy and sad people. Being one of the happy ones, she takes it upon herself to help the Sad-Grumpies and change their lives for the better. Sometimes, a rhyme scheme can be off-putting if it is not done perfectly, but thankfully this technique is a wonderful addition to the story and the rhythm of the book. Not only does it make reading the story aloud enjoyable, but it really helps with the simplified message to always try be happy, which is invaluable for kids. The illustrations are quaint, colourful and joy-inspiring. Children will love how engaging these are and feel happy just looking at them. The major lesson it teaches children is not only to be happy and enjoy life, smiling wherever you can, but also that making other people feel happy is the right thing to do.
KerrieIrish More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for kids! The lesson of spreading kindness is abundant through out these pages. I absolutely adored the message in this book, and my kids loved the pictures and cute storyline. When Frankie and her friend Peaches find out that the people of Sad-Grumpy never smile and are never happy, they make it their mission to spread joy among the land. With the help of The Smile Machine, Frankie and Peaches are doin cresting that happy feeling, both within themselves and the people of Sad-Grumpy. This cute story will explore the idea of how good it feels to spread kindness to those around you, especially those that may need it the most. The Smile Machine is sure to be a much loved book for years to come. Children and adults alike will become completely immersed in the gorgeous illustrations and fun message of love. The writing was easy for my children to follow, but enjoyable for myself as well. We are happy to add his book to our collection.
Missmolly3011 More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely adorable. The story begins with flowers sending special seeds into the wind on a mission to find Frankie and help create a mysterious smile machine. We watch the seeds fly through the town to their target, a little girl with a plan! She heads to the gloomiest part of town and plants the seeds. Frankie never gives up or loses sight of the goal. She knows her plan will work and she takes care that it does! There are so many good lesson in this story such as spreading positivity, perseverance, teamwork, and working towards goals. I love that it starts at Halloween and works through the seasons, another topic for discussion with my son. We also talked about seeds and how plants grow. I had a great time reading this with my four year old. We actually used the discussion questions at the end of the book. I loved the illustrations and the rhyme scheme in this book is so much fun and very well done! This is an adorable story with many great lessons and discussion starter opportunities for kids around 4 and up.
Amy Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
The Smile Machine by Lisa French was such an enjoyable book. The story is about spreading springtime flowers all around. The book uses a child to get the flowers to an area where they don’t usually end up flying to. She plants a small garden and waits for the flowers to bloom. The people in the town are met with a joy they have never experienced before from the beautiful garden. The illustrations in the book are amazing. When it comes to children’s books I appreciate a book with vivid illustrations and clear images. The pictures match the story exactly and make it so younger children who cannot follow text can clearly see what is going on while you read the story. The pages are not crowded with paragraph after paragraph of text and make for light but interesting reading. I definitely give this book a 5 out of 5 start rating and I look forward to what else Lisa French will publish. I hope they are all as bright and cheery as The Smile Machine.
KristenH More than 1 year ago
Do you want to make someone happy and smile? In Lisa French’s The Smile Machine, Children’s picture book, it deals with a young girl who wants to change someone’s life. Frankie lives in the Happy side of town with her dog named Peaches. On Halloween, she and her friends are dressed in costume for the holiday. But on the other side of town, people are sad and grumpy like a rainy day with clouds. For Frankie and her friends, they planted a smile machine that’s filled with happiness, smiles and laughter for the Sad-Grumpies. Over the past seasons, she prayed for the sun to shine and to spread the word with SMILE spelled out in flowers. The rhyme scheme is perfect to convey a simple message.The story takes place in present day in any town. This storyline is perfect for kids in school to be kind and to spread happiness whenever they would go. It would be perfect for parents and teachers to teach them about how a smile can brighten someone’s day. This children’s picture book is easy to reach. I loved the illustrations of Frankie, Peaches, and her friends. It harmonized with each rhymed passage to tell the story from the Happy-Welcome side to the Sad-Grumpies. I have one little nit-pick: started to is passive—if it could be removed, she can leave it as smiled or add a word before smile. Overall, this was excellently well-written. I give it 5 stars.