Monday, April 22, 2013

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Chloe and her friends ignore and sometimes tease Maya when she arrives at their school.  Maya wears secondhand clothes and is soon called "Never New" by Chloe and others.  When the teacher leads the class in an activity showing how each kindness performed impacts many people as the effects ripple outwards, Chloe is ashamed to discover that she can't think of any kind acts she has performed.  Chloe especially wishes she could make things up to Maya but it is too late since Maya has moved again.  This picture book addresses bullying from the other side, pointing out that even the bully suffers.