A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows connection between what happens at school and the impact on a community.
Celebrates curiosity, empathy, and teamwork with class projects and playtime. Also celebrates each person's unique qualities.
Positive Role Models
The teachers encourage children to ask questions and embrace their individuality and different talents.
The White narrator is surrounded by adults and kids of many different races and abilities. One child is wearing a hijab, and one is in a wheelchair.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The World Needs More Purple Schools, by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, is a colorful, peppy celebration of individuality, curiosity, and perseverance – wonderful messages for all ages with a delivery can be a little heavy-handed for all but the youngest readers. Penny Purple brings the themes from The World Needs More Purple People front and center again, showing readers how they can show curiosity and empathy in their classroom, their school, and the community. The illustrations are bright and energetic, with people of many different races and abilities working hard and bringing their creativity and silliness to every page.
Is It Any Good?
This follow-up to the first "Purple People" book is a lovely reminder to be authentic, empathetic, and silly. The World Needs More Purple Schools is a great read-aloud, with lots of exclamation points and ways to show enthusiasm for the fantastic ideas on brightly colorful pages. The diverse faces on the pages reinforce how important individuality is, and the way curiosity is called out and celebrated is a powerful reminder of the importance of an often overlooked trait. The messaging is a bit over the top for older readers, so this book is best for kids age 3 to 5.
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