The Colors of Kindness

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/12/2021
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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

Rainbows are always so bright and cheerful but wait, in The Colors of Kindness, Panda meets a sad, gray rainbow. Rainbow’s colors get brighter with kindness, but she needs Panda’s help to make that happen. Panda is more than willing to help and lists several colors of kindness that will brighten up Rainbow. Panda starts with the virtue of being kind and suggests some simple things that kids can do, like smiling or sharing toys. Each time Panda shares an idea, Rainbow’s colors start to return. Panda ends his list with Be Magnificent, which is exactly what Rainbow has become. Author Kristen Bellamy has included some questions that adults can share with kids to extend the story and help kids make the virtues their own.

Kristen Bellamy has created a sweet story about something most kids love; rainbows. Panda Bear is a charming guide that presents each attribute clearly. Sometimes it’s not easy being patient or being fair, but it feels so right when you are. Michael Vatcher’s illustrations are eye-catching and filled with all the colors of the rainbow. Kids will enjoy watching Rainbow’s colors become brighter as the story progresses. Parents are often looking for a gentle way to teach their kids virtues and The Colors of Kindness does this well. Kristen Bellamy’s short rhymes get to the essence of the virtue in a kid-friendly way. She has also included a repeated refrain throughout that will build kids' self-esteem. The Colors of Kindness is an enjoyable story that will help kids positively navigate their world.

Ally B, ABA Therapist

The Colors of Kindness is a wonderful story that illustrates several important values such as kindness and friendship, and also provides the readers with ways in which they can practice those values themselves. My students were drawn into the book by the bright colours, cute characters and then loved reading the chorus throughout the story. The conversation prompts at the end of the book and the downloadable book companion are great resources for continuing the learning opportunity.

Kathleen H, Teacher

What I really love about the book is that it helps not only with emotional literacy (the words we need to know to express ourselves), BUT also gives such easy and tangible actions to go along with it. Many books about feelings talk just about the feelings, but aren't a guide to action - this one is! We know that knowing our feelings is a hugely important step in managing them - this book guides kids through the emotions they need to choose kindness. It's a gem! I will certainly be reading it to my clients who are choosing bullying behaviour - many of whom just aren't sure what to do instead.

Lisa Evans, Owner of Chickadee Kids Co

I love children’s books that help parents initiate conversations with their children and this book is a wonderful example of that. An easy to understand concept of a rainbow whose dimmed colours become brighter with kind actions, plus a helpful parents’ guide at the end of the book providing conversation prompts to generate conversations in the home about real world acts of kindness.

Kids and parents will easily relate and be inspired by this thoughtfully creative book. The repetitive lyric throughout the book will help kids remember the meaning of kindness. A delightful read that is sure to be a favourite in many homes.

Ky-Lee Hanson, Author

I was lucky enough to read this book in advance, it is super cute and empowering. It shows children (and adults too) the importance of friendship and accepting people on their journey - and seeing how we can help them along the way. This book would make a good birthday gift from a child to a friend, it would also be great in the classroom and preschool age 3-7.

Deborah Anderson

Awesome Book!  I had the pleasure of getting this book as a gift. 

My 4 year old loves it, so we often read  it again and again before sleep.  Great way to discuss the day and how to be kind. 

 I think I was most impressed when he asked to take the book in for “Show and Tell” to share with his school friends.  It was the first time he asked to bring in a book.

  Highly recommend!