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World of Kindness, A

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Author/Publisher/Website: Del Rizzo, S.
Copyright: 2018
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2020
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781772781090
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

In this unique picture book, nine celebrated illustrators from all around the world come together to send a powerful and universal message to young readers: kindness can make the world a better place. This impactful theme is woven throughout the book with appealing and relatable illustrations that depict children, adults, and even animals helping one another and showing kindness and compassion. Students in Grade K–3 may enjoy this book as a read-aloud, and teachers using it may find the opportunity to inspire writing activities and group discussions about kindness, art lessons that highlight the various illustrators and their diverse styles, or projects that explore the book’s central theme and touch on global consequences of local actions or the impacts of caring behaviours.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This resource aligns with several Big Ideas in the primary Language Arts curriculum such as that "stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves and our families," and "stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words." In terms of Art Education, it supports the Big Idea that "people connect to others and share ideas through the arts." For Physical and Health Education, "Learning about ourselves and others helps us develop a positive attitude and caring behaviours, which helps us build healthy relationships." For Social Studies "Rights, roles, and responsibilities shape our identity and help us build healthy relationships with others."

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
There is a wide range of characters depicted in the book including animals and people—male, female, young, old, and children of various ethnicities. Sometimes the gender of the characters is ambiguous, helping to strengthen the message to be kind no matter who you are. Although a Canadian book, it doesn't specifically have Canadian content or references—its message is universal. The language is simple and the illustrations are diverse, but the unifying theme is powerful.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Should this product be identified as Canadian?
Yes
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
The language and illustrations would appeal to young learners. The vocabulary is straightforward and easy to understand. Throughout the book, children and animals are depicted partaking in everyday activities that primary students would relate to, such as playing in a playground, riding a bike, learning to tie shoes, playing dress-up, and sharing a snack or a book. The messages of helping out, sharing, and generally being kind are ones that come up often in primary classrooms.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Moderately
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
The font is uniform throughout, with bold words used to emphasize the most important ideas. As each of the illustrations is done by a different illustrator, every page is different and unique. Rather than a feeling of disjointedness, the variety of illustration styles actually heightens interest. Important concepts in this book are outlined through impactful illustrations, supporting very few words.

PRINT NOVEL

Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Moderately
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Moderately
Plot description:
Using a variety of illustrations drawn by nine celebrated illustrators from around the world, the simple story reminds young children how they can show basic acts of kindness in their everyday lives to be a good person, demonstrate empathy, and make the world a better place. The illustrations depict children, adults, and animals sharing and helping one another as they interact in daily activities. Words are few but the theme and impact are big.
Related Comments:
Using carefully selected words, the author managed to skillfully weave an impactful theme throughout the book. Each illustration has a unique style and is different from the next; the unifying concept of kindness, understanding, and compassion brings everything together.
Genre:
picture book
Type:
Literary non-fiction
Visual Highlights:
Literary non-fiction

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
There is an online teacher's guide available for download on the publisher's website.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This book can be used in the classroom in many ways: a read-aloud followed by a group discussion about kindness, various writing activities based on the theme, a study of vocabulary and word choice, as well as art or drama projects that explore kindness related to students' personal experiences or in the wider community. Also, teachers and/or students might like to research the various illustrators from around the world who are highlighted in the book as well as their diverse styles. The book could be used to introduce a Social Studies theme on how local actions have global consequences and vice versa, or an exploration of caring behaviours and healthy relationships (Physical Education).
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