Mary Murphy How Kind!

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How Kind!

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One good turn deserves another - and another - in this universal tale about the contagiousness of being kind.

Hen gives Pig an unexpected present. "How kind!" says Pig. Pig is so touched, in fact, that he decides to do something kind too. So Pig gives Rabbit a gift. "How kind!" says Rabbit, who does something kind for Cow, who is kind to Cat, who wants to be kind in turn. Where will all of this kindness lead?

With electric-bright colors enhancing the simplest of words and pictures, Mary Murphy shows the youngest of children that what goes around comes around - especially when it starts with a generous heart.

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Mary Murphy has an advanced diploma in Visual Communications and has written and illustrated a number of children’s books, including her lift-the-flap, pull-the-tab book about friendship, ROXIE AND BO TOGETHER. In addition to creating books, Mary Murphy teaches illustration. HOW KIND!, she says, is about "the great feelings kindness generates, for giver and receiver. It’s about how kindness spreads - and how givers always receive. Try shouting ‘How kind!’ whenever you read it in this book."

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Streamlined compositions complement the straightforward message in this circular tale in which one good deed hatches another (and another and another). Hen triggers a string of goodwill gestures when she gives her egg away to Pig. "How kind!" Pig responds, then thinks, "I would like to do something kind too." He gives Rabbit a carrot and so continues the sequence of thoughtful acts that eventually leads back to Hen. Using a few assured strokes, Murphy (Roxie and Bo Together) depicts the happy farm animals with their innocent mannerisms; for example, just two easy lines in the neighborhood of Pig's eye convey his pleasure while Puppy scratches Pig's back. A handful of vibrant colors, varying from spread to spread, adds verve, as when the lilac Cat chases the chartreuse Puppy down an orange path, against green ground. The thick black outlines that define each character match the oversize rounded type that, resembling a child's printing, often sprawls across most of a page. The absence of superfluous background details and the flat perspective aptly suit the story's direct theme and keep readers focused on its meaning. Sure to resonate with its intended preschool audience. Ages 3-5.
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