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Tomorrow I'll Be Kind

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Book about kindness is beautiful but preachy.

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This attractive book delivers its message with too heavy a hand, but its engaging illustrations and hard-to-argue-with lessons on kindness will appeal to young readers and adults. The hand-lettering of the keywords and bright, inviting pictures show kid-friendly ways to be helpful, honest, generous, and kind. The illustrations cluster around the keywords, or weave in and out of the letters in playful ways, but this sometimes makes them difficult to decipher. The illustrations mostly extend the text in critical ways -- showing just how kids can "take the lead," "wait" or "think of what others need." Although, some examples are abstract enough that the pictures will only make sense to older readers. The colors and clothing on the animals are generally gender-neutral, meaning all kids will be able to see themselves in these pages.

The biggest gripe is that the text teaches so explicitly about how to behave with kindness that it can come off as preachy and too obvious. Still, a book aimed at instructing kids on how to be more kind is a wise addition to any children's bookshelf, and one this pretty is likely to be requested over and over.

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