The World Needs More Purple Schools
Bright, upbeat celebration of individuality and curiosity.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
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What's the Story?
Penny Purple brings her celebration of individuality, perseverance, curiosity, and lots of silliness to the classroom in THE WORLD NEEDS MORE PURPLE SCHOOLS. With her friends and teachers, she shows how important it is to try and understand one another and find common ground. Their cooperation and empathy reach beyond the school to the wider community as they try to build one another up to be their whole, true, unique selves.
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what makes them unique like each person in The World Needs More Purple Schools. How are you different from other people in your family? In your class? What do you like about your unique qualities?
How can you help other people be curious? What helps you be curious?
What do you do when people in your class disagree on how to do a project?
- Authors: Kristen Bell, Benjamin Hart
- Illustrator: Daniel Wiseman
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Empathy, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Book type: Fiction
- Publication date: June 21, 2022
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: June 17, 2022
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