Share Some Kindness Bring Some Light
Author & Illustrator: Apryl Stott
Simon and Schuster
The book is delightfully quaint, a beautiful story about being brave, showing kindness, the joys of friendship, and the idea that if you are truly kind, you need not buy friendship.
Coco, a little light-brown skinned girl with beautiful big curly hair, and Bear, a big brown bear, are good friends, who love each other most for the other’s kindness. Coco is shocked to discover that the other forest animals are scared of Bear.
Based on an old maxim shared often by Coco’s grandmother, the pair come up with a plan to show the other animals how kind Bear is. They bake cookies to bring kindness, and make lanterns to bring light to the forest creatures. But no one trusts Bear enough to accept the gifts.
Defeated, the pair head home in silence, until they come upon a baby deer stuck in the snow. Bear rescues the deer and delivers him safely to his mother proving to the other animals that he is truly kind.
The book is delightfully quaint, a beautiful story about being brave, showing kindness, the joys of friendship, and the idea that if you are truly kind, you need not buy friendship. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the expressiveness of the characters’ faces especially drew me in.
My kids definitely had tons of questions about how one becomes friends with a bear, or why the others were so afraid of Bear, but these were great jumping off points for conversations about friendship, exclusionary behavior, and being open to those who don’t look like us. All great conversations to be had with young kids!
My thanks to Simon and Schuster for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.
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