Friday, November 9, 2012
Book Review: Good People Everywhere
The book reads easily, with a flowing quality that provides soothing reassurance for children. As a mother, this book touched my heart because it is a reminder to look for the good. It reminds us that good people are around, despite what we hear in the headlines daily. I love that it challenges readers to be one of the good people at the end. As a licensed counselor, the praises continue. I think this would be a perfect book for children who have experienced trauma, abuse or have lived through a disaster of any kind. It is reassuring and positively focused on the good. It also empowers children that they can be part of the good. There is no question as to why this book is an award winning book (Teachers' Choice Award, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, Mom's Choice Awards).
In addition, the book also includes some activities at the end (which can also be found online at www.ThreePebblePress.com) to reinforce the message of the story, plus encourage children to put into practice what they can do. This is a great resource for teachers, counselors and anyone else working with children.
My daughters, ages 6 and 8, love this book. They agreed that it made them feel "good because it says nice things about people," and "reminds them how many good people there are." My girls also said they loved the beautiful pictures illustrated by Kristina Swarner.
This is a book that I imagine I will keep forever and read over and over till we know all the words by heart. I can even picture me pulling it out when my girls are going through the tough middle school years and gently reminding them that there are good people everywhere.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. I was not compensated in any way. As always, this review contains my honest opinions.