THE KINDNESS QUILT by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

THE KINDNESS QUILT

Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Wallace’s art is wonderful: fancy- and found-paper collage, markers and pencil make Minna’s bunny family and classroom glow with pattern and shape. The text in this one, though, is a little goopy. Minna’s teacher reads them the Aesop fable of the Lion and the Mouse (the essence of which is recounted and illustrated). The class decides to practice kindness, and Mrs. Bloom says they will celebrate with a “Kindness Project.” Minna finds kindness in her family’s helping in Community Clean-Up Day, in sharing soup with a neighboring family, in reading to her little brother. She makes a series of pictures about these acts and pieces them together. Mrs. Bloom puts all of the class’s pictures of kindness on the bulletin board and makes a kindness quilt, which grows and grows. The philosophy gets a little slippery, too: Is it kindness to do your chores without being asked? If you do a kind thing so you can make a picture of it, is it still kind? Possibly too much burden for a pretty package. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7614-5313-X
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2006




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