Day 8 where kindness equals colour…..
Stacey MacAnulty’s book ‘A Small Kindness‘ has quickly become one of my favourite children’s books and Wendy Leach’s illustrations are the icing on the cake when it comes to colour. The book flap describes them as ‘a visual flourish of color in this poignant book’.
I read a review somewhere online that recommended the book and its delightful message of children passing on love from one classmate to another through the simplest of gestures. Only later, did I spot how at the beginning, all the children save one are shaded in sepia. Page by page, colour is passed on to the next child through a small act of kindness. This is repeated until all the children and their classroom are coloured in ‘just like a game of tag and everyone won‘.
It starts with Alice and finally returns to her at the end. The simplicity of the dialogue and the appeal of the illustrations encompass a universal message that it pays to be kind and to ‘pass it on’.
I ordered a copy for our little school and asked the teachers to share it on the first morning of the new school year last month, just to underline what we hope school is all about for our students and how important it is to be part of a loving, caring community.
It’s the colour the world truly needs right now.