Book review: Kindness is Magic, by Dubravka Kolanovic

Kolanovic, Dubravka. Kindness is Magic. QEB Publishing/Quarto Publishing Group, 2017. $19.99. ISBN 9781682973189. Unpaged. Ages 5-7. P7 Q7

Little Owl, who is afraid of heights, falls from a tree. Wolf picks her up and tries to throw her into the air to help fly. When she is unable to fly, Wolf asks her, “What kind of an owl are you?” Wolf tries many different ways to help Little Owl fly, and when she is not successful, she asks herself, “What kind of an owl am I?” Even when Wolf gives up his favorite blue balloon to her help fly, his words still put her down. Wolf realizes his words have not been kind and he tries again to help Little Owl fly, this time using words that are encouraging. Once the wolf realizes the importance of his words and chooses kind words, Little Owl make progress in her flying. The facial expressions on the wolf show concern when he finds Little Owl and irritation when Little Owl is not able to fly. The illustrations are in soft colors. This story shows kindness in many ways and the importance of using kind words. The last page of the book includes a “next steps” section providing adults questions they may ask children to get more out of the book.

Verdict: Children need many reminders to use kind words to go along with their actions. This book would be a good addition to any classroom, public library and individual library for elementary school age children. It is helpful in teaching children patience and kindness in both deed and word.

March 2018 review by Tami Harris.

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