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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Being Helpful by Navnish K. Khera is an adorable story about being helpful, kindness, and friendship. Meet Bee Jay, a bright blue bird who lived in a grand forest. Bee Jay loved painting and that was the very reason why he was excited to go to school that day. Their principal Mr. Ooly made a grand announcement that day about a painting competition that was going to be held in school next week. Bee Jay's friends encouraged him to participate and Bee Jay gave his name for the competition. That evening while he was heading back home, Bee Jay found the perfect brush for the competition. He bought the brush and was flying back when he saw a stream with turtles sunbathing and floating around. Seeing the beauty of the scene, Bee Jay let out a gasp and then his brush fell into the stream. It hit Feezy, a little fish on the head and he was hurt. Bee Jay took Feezy to the hospital and made it a point to visit him till he recovered. Bee Jay and Feezy slowly became friends. How did Bee Jay fare in the painting competition and did he win the prize?
The illustrations in Being Helpful by Navnish K. Khera are colorful and charming, and they breathe life into the characters and the story. The questions at the end of the book will help readers reflect on what their thoughts are about the story. It is a good book for bedtime storytelling and will help parents teach children the importance of being kind, helping each other, and respecting others. The story is also good for read-aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries because of its good messages. The questions make the story interactive and can be asked in classrooms so that good values will be instilled in children, and will help them become better friends.