Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: When Tanisha spills grape juice on her new dress, the narrator tries to be kind (“Purple is my favorite color”), but Tanisha is too upset to appreciate the gesture. The narrator wonders what she could have done differently, and reflects on what it means to be kind. She thinks of kind acts she’s done in the past, like bringing a neighbor cookies or helping around the house. Sometimes it’s easy (saying thank you), but it can also be hard (sticking up for someone when others are unkind). In the end, she decides to paint Tanisha a picture, knowing that small kindnesses can lead to much larger ones. The final illustration shows that her efforts have not gone unappreciated by Tanisha. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: A good addition to the character education bookshelf. Kindness is explained in terms even the youngest reader can understand and discuss. It’s not clear if the narrator is a boy or a girl, making his/her experiences universal.
Cons: Tanisha is clearly having a bad day, but she seems a bit ungrateful.