December 5, 2012

Childrens book review: Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

Just try not to smile! A positively inspiring picture book from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.
Because Amelia smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send a care package of cookies to her grandson Lionel in Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet troupe in England! And so the good feelings that started with Amelia’s smile make their way around the world, from a goodwill recital in Israel, to an impromptu rumba concert in Paris, to a long-awaited marriage proposal in Italy, to a knitted scarf for a beloved niece back in New York. Putting a unique spin on "what goes around comes around," David Ezra Stein’s charmingly illustrated story reminds us that adding even a small dose of kindness into the world is sure to spur more and more kindness, which could eventually make its way back to you!
This book is a neat  book. The story is infectious. My six year old was smiling throughout the whole book. The story line is simple. Its easy for children to understand. The pictures are unique. Like hand drawn art. The colorsare vibrant and cheery. The characters are rememberable. They are cute.
This book is written for any child with a great smile or any child that NEEDS to smile.
I highly recommend this book to any childrens library.
Reviewers Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Lora
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!



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